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Fundamental Values of Colorado Football

Blue Collar Attitude

 

A blue-collar worker is an idiom referring to a member of the working class who performs manual labor.  Blue-collar workers are distinguished from white collar workers, whose jobs are not as physically demanding or considered manual labor.  The term blue-collar occasionally carries a persona based on historical perspective. The blue-collar worker in the United States is an embodiment of the American mythos of a work ethic and the dignity of labor. Most involve levels of specialized skill, and are a source of pride. Sometimes the work conditions can be strenuous or hazardous. The blue-collar image is driven largely by the image of a "hard working blue-collar" mentality that the majority of workers tend to value. A blue collar mentality carries and air of toughness, resiliency, and grittiness.

 

 

"A leader is one who knows the way,

shows the way, and goes the way."

- Author Unknown

Leadership:

  1. The activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team" 
  2. The body of people who lead a group; "the national leadership adopted his plan" 
  3. The status of a leader; "they challenged his leadership of the union"
  4. The ability to lead; "he believed that leadership can be taught"

"Hard work spotlights the character of people:

some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their

noses, and some don't turn up at all."
- Sam Ewing

Hard Work:

 

Part of Speech: Noun        Definition: Difficult Labor

Backbreaking work, drudgery, hard way, labor, long, haul, tough grind,
uphill battle, bull work, chore, grub work, moil, pace, sweat, task,
toil, Interminability, long distance, long wait, uphill work

 

"Integrity in the long run,
is the decisive factor in the life
of an individual and of nations alike."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Integrity:

  1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
  2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
  3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

"The best day of your life is the one
on which you
decide your life is your own. 
No apologies or excuses.

No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. 
The gift is yours
- it is an amazing journey -
and you alone are responsible

for the quality of it. 
This is the day your life really begins."

- Bob Moawad

Discipline:

  1. Training to act in accordance with rules; drill
  2. Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training
  3. The rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.
  4. Behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control:
  5. A set or system of rules and regulations.
  6. To bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control. 

 

"It will always be the ball and me.

I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant.

I'm aware if I'm playing at my best I'm tough to beat.
And I enjoy that."

- Tiger Woods

Toughness:

  1. Strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.
  2. Not brittle or tender.
  3. Capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy: tough troops.
  4. Not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn:
  5. Hardened; incorrigible
  6. Vigorous; severe; violent
  7. Practical, realistic, and lacking in sentimentality; tough-minded.
  8. Remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.

Passion:

  • A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, or intensity.
  • Boundless enthusiasm
  • An abandoned display of emotion

 

 

 

 

"Without trust, words become
the hollow sound of a wooden gong.
With trust, words become life itself."

Trust:

  1. Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
  2. Confident expectation of something; hope.
  3. A person on whom or thing on which one relies
  4. The condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
  5. The obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed
  6. Charge, custody, or care
  7. Something committed or entrusted to one's care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.

"Hold yourself responsible
for a higher standard
than anybody expects of you.
Never excuse yourself."

- Henry Ward Beecher

Excellence:

  • The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority.
  • Something in which one excels.
  • The highest level of performance or expectation

"I am a design chauvinist. 
I believe that good design is

magical and not to be lightly tinkered with. 
The difference
between a great design
and a lousy one is in the meshing

of the thousand details that either fit or don’t,
and the spirit
of the passionate intellect
that has tied them together, or tried."

- Ted Nelson

Details:

  • An individual part or item; a particular.
  • Particulars considered individually and in relation to a whole: careful attention to detail.
  • A minor or an inconsequential item or aspect; a minutia
  • A minute or thorough treatment or account: went into detail about his travels.
  • A discrete part or portion of a work
  • A small elaborated element of a work of art, craft, or design.

 

Selflessness:

  1. The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others  
  2. Having little or no concern for oneself, esp. with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish
  3. Acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity  

 

 

OK Movie? Let’s face it, it’s the holiday season.  I have to go with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, and the original “Grinch who stole Christmas” (the cartoon of course).

 

Book?  I have two  - “The Long Walk” by Slavomir Rawicz.  An inspirational story of a man who overcomes man’s unhumanity to man.  Just when we think we have it tough, we learn of others who rise like the Phoenix through more pain and suffering than we could ever imagine.

 

The other is “This I believe” by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. The passages are thought provoking, but more importantly is challenges us to define what “we believe”. What are your fundamental values for your life, family, self, profession?

 

Music? Hey anything holiday will do.  I of course like the old school (Sinatra, Como, Crosby) stuff.  A little tip from my daughter Ashley- go to Pandora.com.  Type in your favorite artist or song and it will stream a like minded set of music.  A great site anytime- but really cool for the holidays.  Once again my children are out in front of me.

 

Hey- see you in Shreveport right??

 

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