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You Come From Greatness

I want to tell a story that I’ve never shared before.

And it relates to your SUCCESS programming to go along with your fitness training. Something I promised when you first signed up for my Success newsletter.

I’ll never forget my college freshman year sitting in my first linebacker meeting. The varsity squad hadnt arrived yet
and wouldnt for another 7 days.

I was nervous.

There were three of us competing for the inside positions.
Then another 8 once the seniors showed.
Everyone in the room was bigger
by 20 lbs and taller by 3 or 4 inches.
I stood 6’1″ and weighed 215lb.

One guy was a “Kiss ass” from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He dominated talk time with coach. They laughed and
joked about “hick” things because both were from farm land.
I sat and smiled and laughed. Inside I said I WILL BEAT out everyone
in this room for the middle linebacker position.

Yet, on paper, ALL these dudes were specimens –
who if they wanted could be forces to reckon with.

Then at some point my mind drifted back to that fateful conversation
with one Alumni from my high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron.

His name was Brian Jones. Brian backed up
the great Percy Snow in the middle during the
late 80s at Michigan State. Didnt see a ton of action
simply cause Percy was so dominant but none
the less had a ton of respect from everyone at our high school.

Anyway, one summer afternoon Brian came back to our weight room
and someone shared I was headin to BGSU. When he heard this
he sat me down and imparted some words of wisdom
to a young kid who was WILLING to listen.

They still ring in my ears, those words he said to me,
“Vince, when you go off to school, there
will be people from all over the country who played for different high schools.
People bigger than you. People with more speed. More talent.
But remember this… none of them have come from where you do;
A school steeped in tradition of EXCELLENCE and WINNING.
No one has had the coaching from
quality individuals as you have had. One day when you are there
and feeling a little low, doubting your abilities,
think of what I have just told you.
Think about it a lot. Even in the good times.
By doing this and using what got you
here, you will go on to be GREAT.
And never rest until you DO. I know you will be.
Good luck Vince– kick some butt!”

With that, he shook my hand and I never saw him again.
But his words stayed with me throughout my entire football career,
especially in those first and second years.

And I went on to beat out the guys in my freshman class.
I also WON the job from juniors and seniors who had waited
their turn to play for three and four years.
I started my redshirt freshman year.
I was elected captain my Junior year and senior year as well.
Then went on to have an amazing professional career overseas.

To this, I thank Brian.

Brian’s intentions were good and they worked to program
my mind for SUCCESS. Yet, the fact of the matter is I was no
different from the rest of the kids who were on the team.

Not one of them.

Yet, I BELIEVED I came from greatness. And it worked.

And it can work for you too.
Let me reword that passage for YOU.

“When you go out into the world. There will be people who
are smarter than you. People who have more talent. More creativity.
Better salesmanship. Yet not one of them has come
from a background steeped in tradition of excellence as you.
No one who has been instructed and coached by the best.
One day when you are there and feeling a little low,
doubting your abilities, think of what I have just told you.
Think about it a lot. Even in the good times.
By doing this and using what got you
here, you will go on to be GREAT. And never rest until you DO.
I know you will be. Good luck — kick some butt!”

So there you have it.
Go on to be great, I know
you CAN and WILL be.

Thanks for your words of wisdom today, Brian.
Wherever you are.

Conceive, BELIEVE, Achieve,

Vince Palko

Ps. My latest fitness course is going like gangbusters.
Many of you have your head on straight and ordered it up
before the price jacks up. You know the power of picking this
program in the hot, hot summer. By Fall or sooner, your pants will fit looser, your waistline and backside will shrink, and you will feel like treating yourself to a big heaping REWARD dinner as you sit with your spouse smiling to yourself, saying “Thanks Vince!!!”

To that I’ll say, “You’re Welcome!”

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