Jakob left a piece of paper lying in the living room for awhile. Eventually Joe read it. After all, if it's in the family's space, it's available to the family, eh?
What he found and shared with me was a collection of quotations that matter to Jakob.
Here they are.
Dear Lord, as we face the battles that we go through in life, we ask for a chance that's fair. A chance to equal our stripes, a chance to do or dare. If we should win, let it be by the code - faith and honor held high. If we should lose, we'll stand as the victors go by. Day by day we get better and better. A team that can't be beat, a team that won't be beat.Nice, Jakob.
Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.
The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Let me tell you something you already know; the world ain't all sunshines and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there, permanently, if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's about how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth; but, you gotta be willing to take the hits... And not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, her, or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain't you; you're better than that.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
Great spirits have always encountered great oppositions from mediocre minds.
He who hesitates is lost.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.