"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
"The only way to find the limit of the possible is by going beyond them in to impossible."
Arthur C . Clarke
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
Dale Carnegie
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work."
Thomas Edison
"To finish first, you must first finish"
Sam Walton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
Dale Carnegie
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Margaret Thatcher
"The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
Charles Schwab
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"
Earl Nightingale
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
H. L. Hunt
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin
"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Fernando Flores
"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up."
Babe Ruth
"Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen."
Dave Weinbaum
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
Yogi Berra
"The more I want to get something done the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
Sir William Osler
"The common denominator for success is work."
John D. Rockefeller
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you."
Salma Hayek
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
Althea Gibson
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Chinese Proverb
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmie Johnson
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."
Joe Paterno
"Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles."
Bob Richards
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersie
"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given."
Michael J. Fox
"There are no office hours for champions."
Paul Dietzel
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
W.J. Slim
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
Merry Browne
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
Frank Tyger
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Winning doesn't always mean being first."
Bonnie Lair
"It's always too early to quit."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do."
Ellen Pompeo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He who dares nothing need hope for nothing."
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Soren Kierkegaard
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
Keshavan Nair
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent."
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie
"There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt

Academy Performance

The entire design of the Greystone program is intended to support enhanced performance academically, athletically and as a leader at the academy.  By elevating the level of expectation while at prep school from the high school level to the university level, students are challenged to perform “up” rather than perform at a lower level that does not prepare them for the challenge or rigor they can expect at the academies.

Academy Scholar

Academically, Greystone students are better prepared to engage the challenges presented to first year academy students by having the experience of their freshman year of college under their belt.  What makes this more significant is that the college-level experience is provided by Schreiner University.  Schreiner is a 4-year, fully accredited liberal arts institution that provides an extremely similar academic environment to that which awaits them at the academies.  Due to the small class size (18-22 students in a class) and a full PhD teaching the course, the level of performance and expectation mimics that of the service academies.  Academic experience at this level is the key to enhanced academic performance at the academy.  Schreiner academic experience forces Greystone students to learn how to study for college-level courses, how to manage their time to deliver a higher quality product to their professor for the grade that will demonstrate to the academies their true academic potential, how to resolve academic setbacks when their performance fails to make the grade and how to resolve those setbacks when they do occur – all experiences that are key to enhanced academic performance at the academies. Academic excellence at Schreiner University translates into academy academic excellence which can be a significant “leg up” for academy first-year cadets or midshipmen.  Sustained academic excellence at the academy translates into expanded career opportunities and options following graduation – but the key is that the cadet or midshipman will graduate!  Greystone is committed to empowering our students to earn their academy appointments by demonstrating their university-level academic abilities, but more importantly, these same university-level academic abilities support sustained superior performance through four years of academy academic opportunity – and that is the major difference between Greystone and other academy preparatory schools.

Academy Athlete

Athletically, Greystone students are initially challenged to push their performance to a higher level to maximize their CFA scores, however, the true purpose behind the Greystone athletic program is physical conditioning.  Greystone students learn about the importance and benefits of being physically fit and how daily workouts can lead to not only better performance on graded or timed activities, it also leads to a healthy lifestyle.  The physical conditioning routine developed while at Greystone is something they can sustain while at the academy and beyond.  Fitness for life!

Academy Leader

As leaders, all Greystone students experience the true meaning of responsibility and accountability which translates directly to their evolution as leaders at the academy level.  The intent of the Greystone experience is to provide each student with the experience and expertise needed to develop a sense of self-confidence and self-assurance whenever put into a leadership position.  Greystone also affords each member of the team with the opportunity to try different leadership techniques to determine what works and what does not work.  Experience in a controlled leadership laboratory ensures that young leaders are capable of significant growth and maturity once they arrive at the academy – Always Ready…For Them!


Due to the nature of college life on a university campus, Greystone students tend to grow up and mature quickly.  To further this process, interaction with a group of similarly motivated men and women who are also academy candidates also helps to ensure upward maturity rather than stymied growth when thrust into environments consisting of younger and unmotivated students.  By presenting themselves as more mature when they arrive at the academies, Greystone students do not fall victim to the emotional or immature pranks/activities that prove to be the downfall of many cadets or midshipmen who are not ready for the academy-level challenge. Maturity, like a strong sense of professionalism, stands out as a positive beacon just as much as immaturity and unprofessionalism stands out as a negative beacon.

Dedication and Determination

The constant push to maintain focus on the mission – what each Greystone student is there to accomplish – develops a strong sense of dedication and determination that helps our candidate stand out more positively as a cadet or midshipman once they arrive at the academy.  Determination and focus helps academy students to push through when times are more challenging and it sustains them when things go wrong – and at the academies, things do sometimes go wrong!  Dedication to the mission helps to overcome and endure the difficult times and conversely, enables significant celebration during times of success and accomplishment.

Honor and Conduct

The Greystone Professional Development program is instrumental in keeping cadets and midshipmen within the guidelines established by the academy honor code/concept, the academy rule book and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.  Knowledge, understanding and having a solid appreciation for the right and wrong indications from a well-adjusted moral compass ensures that each Greystone student enters the academy with a strong sense of honor, character and integrity.  This, more than anything else, will ensure that they complete their academy experience with little or no difficulty.

Life Skills

Finally, it is the time-management and study skills as well as their hands-on experience as leaders that allow them to excel at the academies.  These skills and experiences are provided to each Greystone student for the purpose of empowering them to excel while engaged in Greystone and Schreiner University, but more importantly, they will continue to refine and enhance their skills and experiences throughout their academy opportunity.  Time management, the ability to focus and the experience of leadership combine to provide a strong foundation upon which they will assume the responsibility of leadership and succeed.  The sooner they can receive these skills and begin having such experiences the sooner they will evolve into the leader they will become.  Like the journey of 1000 miles, it must start with the first step!