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BRCLM Lagniappe, March 2018

Encourage Others with Acts of Kindness

Encourage Others with Acts of Kindness

by Dale Brown

Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them. We should be encouraging people, building them up, challenging them to reach for new heights. People should feel challenged and inspired after spending time with you.

Take time to make a difference in people’s lives. Don’t just obsess about how you can make your own life better. our attitude should be: Who can i encourage today? Who can i build up? How can i improve somebody else’s life?

Somebody needs your encouragement. Somebody needs to know that you believe in them. If you look back over your life—who believed in you and helped you get to where you are today?

Now, it’s your turn to do something similar for somebody else. Who are you believing in? Who are you helping to become successful?

There’s no greater investment in life than in being a people builder. am i improving somebody’s life, giving that person confidence, or am i just coasting along, doing my own thing? Take a look at your life and you be the judge of what you are doing to help someone else succeed.

True giving is done with no other motive than to try to make someone else’s life better. it does not have to be with financial assistance but with a word of encouragement and interest in helping another human being improve their life. real happiness begins where selfishness ends.

Jackie robinson said, “The only real measure of the stature of a life is its positive impact upon other lives.”

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Legendary Coach Dale Brown spent 25 years leading the LsU Tiger Basketball Team. Under his coaching, the team earned Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986.

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BRCLM Lagniappe, February 2018

We Need Leaders with Faith and Character

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Need Leaders

Faith and Character

by Dale Brown

If there was ever a moment in our history when leadership was needed, it is now. With all the greed, dishonesty, selfishness, evil, and bad things going on in the world, we need good leaders. A common quality of great leaders through the ages has been their mastery at articulating a vision of the future. They see something that is not yet there and can relay the image to others. In any leadership position, the most important aspect of the job is getting everyone to work together. 

However, working together is only a beginning.  The world needs leaders who find their strength in faith and character. Exceptional leaders will get their team members to feel they’re an integral part of a common goal. How is this done? This may sound odd, but the underlying theme of teamwork is our ability to convey a renewed sense of optimism. Teamwork doesn’t just happen – it takes a captain to steer it in the right direction. The role of the captain – whether it’s a coach, teacher, father or mother – is to give the ship direction, purpose, and ultimately success.

We need to make a difference, but we can do it only through the grace of God. I am convinced that we are capable of solving any problem, whether it is race, crime, poverty, terrorism, pollution, drugs, or whatever plagues humanity. 

“The role of most leaders is to get the people to think more of the leader. But the role of the exceptional leader is to get the people to think more of themselves.” — Booker T Washington

You, with God’s help, are responsible for your future. You’re really free the moment you don’t look outside yourself for someone to solve your problems. You will know that you’re free when you no longer blame anyone or anything, but realize you control your destiny and are capable of changing the world. People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. We’ve got to decide which group we will be in. 

The most important thing to God is our relationships with one another. He made us in such a way that everybody needs somebody. And God’s idea for success is a community, a group of people who are committed to each other and who strive to follow his will. Communities and nations will be transformed when humanity returns to God and his purposes. Humans have not advanced a centimeter in the history of the world by fighting, hating, killing, and cheating. The only notable advancement humans have ever made is becoming brothers and sisters who labor toward a common goal. You see, the best potential of “me” is “we.” So the question in our life journey is not whether God can bring peace, love and happiness in the world. The question is, can we?

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Legendary Coach Dale brown spent 25 years leading the LsU Tiger basketball Team. Under his coaching, the team earned Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986. His full story will be featured in our March issue.

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Family Life, October 2015

Q&A with Coach Dale Brown

by Beth Townsend & Dale Brown

CoachDaleBrown-2As you look back on your career as the winningest coach in LSU basketball history, what is your fondest memory of your Hall of Fame career? What was your most difficult hurdle?  

My fondest memory was watching youngsters become men and fully understand that the best potential of me, is we. There is only one way to get anybody to do anything and that is by making the other person want to do it. Manipulation is negative and builds nothing but barriers and distrust. Persuasion builds relationships and from that comes trust and success. People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you really care.

How were you able to develop relationships with young men so that you were able to influence in a way that 70 percent of your players graduated from the university? 

85 percent of our players that attended LSU for four years graduated and 70% of all of our players have a college degree. No one in my family had a college degree; my mother only finished the 8th grade and the only source of employment for her during the depression of 1935 was to be a babysitter and clean others homes. Living in poverty growing up was a stimulant to seek something better. I also stressed to all of our players a profound statement by Martin Luther King, “Man will only be free when he reaches down in the inner depths of his own being and signs his own emancipation proclamation and education is one way to do that.” I have always felt the best path to a better future is through education. I felt the embarrassment of being on welfare growing up and was determined that I wanted to never experience that again.

One of my passions is others finding their “purpose.”  Did God create you to be a coach…create you for that purpose? How did you discover this purpose? How do you advise others to discover that one thing about which they can be passionate in their life? 

I wanted to be an FBI agent but attended a small Teachers College in North Dakota and decided to be a teacher and coach. After a taste of coaching I was determined that it would be my vocation. My advice to those pondering a career is to do what gives you the greatest joy and fulfillment and not what gives you the most money or fame.

One of the most influential books that I’ve read is the Power of Positive Thinking by the late Reverend Norman Vincent Peale. I know that you had the chance to know him personally. How did the Power of Positive Thinking influence you most profoundly?

Growing up I had an inferiority complex because my father abandoned us two days before I was born and never returned or ever supported us in any manner. Being poor and living in a tiny apartment added to the embarrassment. However, a magnificent mother and ex-coach at the high school I attended gave me the support and confidence I needed to succeed. Athletics gave me the first good self-image I had of myself and I am eternally grateful. Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power Of Positive Thinking was another great stimulant for me to believe in myself and that anything is possible with hard work and the right attitude.

Since Dr. Peale was a pastor and his “self help” book was rooted in scripture, reading a blog by Richard Simmons III that you posted on your website, led me wonder if today the “self help” industry attempts to convince people that there is no room for God. In your mind what is God’s place in motivation?   

Even though I am still a work in progress God has always been my guiding light and I could not get through one day without him. My mentor of 40 years, Coach John Wooden, was a true beacon light of God.

One of your mentors was the late Coach John Wooden. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Christian publisher’s conference a number years ago. What single characteristic about Coach Wooden meant the most to you in your personal development?

Coach Wooden was by far the most successful college basketball coach in history and was the paramount example of a servant leader. He was kind, caring, highly intelligent, vibrant, strong-willed, principled, humble and true man of God. Edgar Guest described him perfectly in his poem when he said, “I’d rather see a lesson than to hear one any day.” He did not preach; he lived the principles taught by Jesus.

You are known as a master motivator. What are the key components to being self-motived? 

The key components to being self motivated are knowing God never makes any junk, and to propel your dream forward you must have intuition, imagination, determination, perseverance, and faith. The only thing more powerful than fear is faith. It is easy to come up with a litany of excuses and that will only lead you to failure. Being a human being is so complicated that nobody can live their lives without mistakes and failures but if you do your best and never give up, you will be rewarded and your dreams will come true.

We live in a world where hostility towards each other manifests itself everywhere and seemingly all the time. Today your talks and writings go far beyond Coach Dale Brown and more to Humanitarian Dale Brown. What does God call us to do to erase these hostilities and work harmoniously?

Communities and nations will only be transformed when mankind returns to God for guidance. The world will only function properly when we show true love, respect, and tolerance to one another. Nobody makes a grater mistake than those who did nothing because they thought they could only do a little. Gandhi’s most profound statement is so very true, “We must be the change we wish to see.” All through history whenever evil and good compromised, evil always won. There can be no compromise with evil.