Life Advice As Told By HBC Steve Spurrier

Life Advice As Told By HBC Steve Spurrier

15 Things You Can Learn from Steve Spurrier.
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Steve Spurrier is one of the best college football coaches in history. As the winningest coach at two SEC schools (Florida and South Carolina), Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier gives plenty of life advice in his recent biography "My Life in Football."

It took me a hot minute to read his biography, but I learned so much more than just football and random details of Spurrier's life. The HBC quotes plenty of other coaches and advice givers throughout the 291 pages of his book. However, whether it came from him or from someone who said this to him, Spurrier gives a plethora of advice. Here are 15 pieces of life advice found in "My Life in Football" by Steve Spurrier.

1. “Everything begins with having goals and an attitude to attain those goals without using excuses.”

Excuses... everyone hates them. Yet we often use them to get out of situations we would rather avoid or just don't feel like dealing with at the time. In order to expand your horizons and reach your dreams, everyone needs to make goals and avoid uses excuses to explain why they haven't reached their goals yet.

2. “Never settle for mediocrity.”

Being average is boring. Always push yourself to be the best version of yourself you can be. You may not be great at everything, but being the best version of yourself is never mediocre.

3. “Decide on your goals and dreams and put them down in writing.”

Tried and true. I don't know what it is about writing something down that makes you work harder to complete the task or goal.

4. “Pick some goals you feel you can make, but pick some that will be a reach, as well.”

Not every action or task in front of you is a goal. Having goals that seem unreachable are enticing because you will work even harder to prove that you can (and will) reach it.

5. “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Teamwork makes the dream work. Cliché right? Wrong. Being able to work as a team is what allows people to reach further than they ever dreamed.

6. “Always search(ing) for new goals, challenges, and different ways of doing things.”

By keeping things fresh and new, you can keep your enemies or rivals on their toes. This also ties into being the best version of yourself, by rejuvenating ideas and goals you can keep on improving yourself.

7. “You can learn from failing.”

No one that has crossed this Earth has succeeded in everything they have ever done, on the first try. Failing teaches us where we went wrong and how to do it better next time.

8. “No chieftain will win every encounter. Sometimes you lose, regardless of how well you have prepared.”

This one came from a book Spurrier discusses a lot throughout his book. I think it speaks for itself.

9. “Maintain flexibility in your thinking.”

Flexibility and adaptability are so important in life. Being able to go with the flow and not show discouragement when things change allows you to stay positive in any situation.

10. “Don’t allow yourself to become overconfident.”

Overconfidence kills. If you go into a game confident, you're going to lose. If you act like you're going to lose, you will put in more blood, sweat, and tears to prove you can win.

11. “One of the characteristics of a very successful person is the ability to transcend previous accomplishments.”

Again, I think this stands alone.

12. “We all know what a good attitude is and what a sorry attitude is. Always be positive.”

No one wants to be around a negative Nelly. Positivity not only brings happiness to those around you, it also makes you feel better.

13. “Enthusiasm is contagious.”

These last three need no explanation. They are probably the most used and emphasized by the man we all call the HBC.

14. “Honesty is the centerpiece.”

15. “The priorities have got to be God, family and then your team.”

Steve Spurrier's life in and out of football has been widely successful. His name has been placed inside the University of Florida football stadium and his statue stands right outside, alongside Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel.

These fifteen pieces of life advice are only a fraction of the ideas he presents to readers. If you would like to know more about his life, you can find his book at any book retailer or online.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

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