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James Conner Fights Back

James Conner is one of the country’s elite offensive players with a decorated and prolific sophomore season. I’m talking first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Pittsburgh Panthers first running back to garner first-team All-America honors in 27 years, ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s media and coaches, rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns on 298 carries (5.9 avg.), ranked third nationally in rushing touchdowns, fourth in scoring (12.0 ppg.), sixth in rushing yards per game (135.8 avg.) and seventh in total rushing yards, led the ACC in each of those four categories and set Pitt single-season records for rushing TDs, total TDs (26) and points (156). Lets go ahead and write down 3 points with this one, go ahead and press play.

Mentor/Mentee Notes:

  1. “We got a game September 3rd”
  2. “I would be good if you said 2 percent, I was go make it”
  3. “The goal is still the same its just a little postponed”

When I say James Conner some of you may not have known what you know now but understand James Conner was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. Understand that James Conner took in the pain and didn’t give up. Understand that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. So what did James do? He found his motivation in Eric Berry and began to push through the pain with NO EXCUSES. Yes NO EXCUSES because  he still showed up to practice and still gave 110% of what he has with NO EXCUSES. Some of you give up on practice because you to tired and this guy is fighting cancer, doing chemotherapy and still getting it done.

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He told the doctor “I would be good if you said 2 percent”. WOW do you understand what that means? That means that in his mind, no matter what the percentage was if there is any chance I will make it through I’m TAKING IT. Then if you paid attention you would’ve caught the part when he said, “we got a game September 3rd” haha YES I’m beating this cancer then come September 3rd its game time AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Then he said, “the goal is still the same its just a little postponed”. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH are you kidding me? The GOAL IS STILL THE SAME! James Conner was a giving a diagnosis that anybody could use and say hey I’m done without anybody challenging it. Coach was even probably like come on son go chill and we will revisit when its done with. James Conner will get through this and he will be in uniform September 3rd. Find your inner beast mode and TURN IT ON, there are NO EXCUSES so get out of your own way.

-Youth Campaign

(via TheEllenShow)

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Ochocinco Broke Since 1978?

Chad Johnson aka Mr. Ochocinco recently sat down with Graham Bensinger that even I had to watch twice. So go ahead and get ready to take some notes (at least 5 points) before you press play then lets chop it up.

Mentor/Mentee Notes:

  1. My jewelry has always been fake.
  2. The things that people like to do I am not into it.
  3. I’m not trying to live up to society standards.
  4. My transition really wasn’t that difficult because I was living crazy when I was making it.
  5. It looks better coming in then going out.

So my points stood out for me because the point here is simple,  its ok to just be yourself and not chase after society standards of life. Here you have Chad Johnson a guy who played in the Pro Bowl 6 times, went ALL Pro 4 times and the list goes on; sitting here saying “I’m not trying to live up to society standards“. But you someone who hasn’t had your chance with success yet can get up everyday and display a life that is unrealistic to keep up with someone like Chad Johnson. Is that not crazy? Is that not backwards?

Now the whole perception of Chad Johnson thing is debatable depending on who your speaking with but the idea of taking control of your public perception is where we all need to be. Im saying be who you are and stand firm on that. Chad Johnson said it himself “I’m Cheap” so why is it an issue to get your money and keep it? Why is it an problem for the new J’s come out and you take the day off from the “I got it first” fan club?  This is something that we all lack in but why? I to was an advocate for the “need” to buy fancy things to keep up with the perceptions of a Chad Johnson. But think about it Chad Johnson is only 1 to speak out, now just imagine how many others are also keeping there pockets zipped up while you spend all of your money to keep up.

Society places so many images in front of us that it is sometimes a burden on our ability to be successful because these perceptions becomes distractions from what we need to do (not want to do). There has been times where I literally had to space myself from others because for me spending hours speaking about someone we know nothing about besides what is giving to us on TV is crazy to me. Like literally people are so caught up sometimes that they get emotional and passionate about someone without ever having to speak or meet them.

Don’t make your transition at 40 or 50 years old difficult because of the bad decisions your making today. If I haven’t said it before then I will say it now I commend Chad Johnson on his honesty and PLEASE focus on your vision ONLY. Go be the best you TODAY and remember your only focus is to be BETTER than you were yesterday.

 

-The Youth Campaign

( Graham Bensinger )

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