Success/Motivation

How to Be Successful and Satisfied.  What is success?  How can we obtain it?  A look at a major obstacle to success and satisfaction; thoughts on how to find both.  Spanish  Croatian

Going for the Gold.  Famous Olympic medalists who are after more than gold.  Their stories will inspire and motivate you to consider the principles that guide their lives.  (Magazine article)

A Hug from the Coach.  A short story with a heart tug for sports fans.

Greater than Olympic Gold.  World-class British hurdler Tasha Danvers-Smith found herself unexpectedly pregnant three months before the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.  Should she terminate her pregnancy in hopes of Olympic glory and fortune?  An inspiring story.  (Short op-ed)

Paris Hilton and What We Want.  The heiress scored number one on Google News searches in 2006.  What do people want to know about?  Why do celebrities rank so high?  What clues might this hold to our wants and needs and how to meet them?  (Short op-ed)

“Life Without Limbs” Inspires.  Discouraged about your finances, employment, business, or rocky relationships?  Meet a guy – born without arms or legs – who will inspire you to face your challenges and dream big.  (Short op-ed)  French

Mighty Macs Movie – Teamwork Works.  The basketball team at tiny Immaculata College – a “pint-sized papal institution” – became an example “for every team that thought they never had a chance” as they played for the national title.  Their story could get you cheering, too.  Rocky meets Sister Act meets Hoosiers.  (Short op-ed)

Linsanity movie: hoops, hopes, Harvard, heaven.  Benchwarmer Jeremy Lin set the basketball world ablaze when he led the faltering New York Knicks to seven straight wins and helped boost them into the NBA playoffs.  The film documentary of his phenomenal rollercoaster ride – from struggling underdog to global star – will inspire you.  (Short op-ed)

New Football Movie: Character trumps winning.  Could a football coach who teaches that character trumps winning … win games consistently?  It’s happened – and quite dramatically – inspiring the film When the Game Stands Tall.  Jim Caviezel plays Coach Bob Ladouceur, who led an obscure, struggling California high school team to record-shattering national prominence by helping his players mature toward adulthood.  (Short op-ed)

Woodlawn movie: racial strife, football, faith.  A nation too-often tarnished by racial conflict could use an inspiring film like this.  The poignant story of NFL star Tony Nathan and how football plus faith helped bring harmony among racial enemies during his high school years in early 1970s Birmingham, Alabama.  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are executive producers.  (Short op-ed)

Peanuts movie: good grief – plus fun – in 3D!  Charlie Brown wants to change who he is and become a winner.  Snoopy’s determined to shoot the Red Baron from the sky.  The perpetual underdog and his dog embark on an epic quest that’s all about dreaming big.  Lots of family fun in this delightful film; lots of inspiration in the Peanuts stories.  (Short op-ed)

The Real MVP movie: Kevin Durant’s inspiring mom struggles and shines.  When NBA superstar Kevin Durant received the league’s Most Valuable Player award, he named his mother “the real MVP.”  The standing ovation and subsequent media groundswell confirmed that something significant had just happened, something transcending the game.  Now, Lifetime Television brings the inspirational backstory to a wide audience.  (Short op-ed)