"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


Greystoner in the Spotlight

Greystoner Morgan Bean is actively seeking a spot on the USMMA swim team for next year. At Camp Flaming Arrow he was able to take a break from practicing and relax with his teammates in the pool.

Alumni In the Spotlight

Midshipman Josh Calderon, USNA class of 2018 was selected for the men's soccer team in his plebe year!

During WWI, General Douglas MacArthur observed closely how officers and enlisted men alike with experience in team sports (football, baseball, basketball, etc.) and some individual sports (boxing, fencing, swimming, etc.) performed better under combat conditions.  This observation left a lasting impression on him. When General MacArthur served as the Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point, he initiated the expansion of their competitive sports program.  The focus of this effort was to provide cadets with the physical discipline required to compete in academy-level athletics as well as team skills and sportsmanship.  From this activity, cadets expanded their understanding of leadership as well as a belief that “the game is not over until the game is over.”  Even today, West Point graduates are known for their tenacity – on and off the field – and it is with tenacity that these cadets graduate into commissioned officers who are skilled leaders, gifted team players and warriors who do not know the meaning of surrender or quit.  It was not long after West Point initiated their expanded focus on team sports that the other academies followed suit.  This is why all of the academy admission boards seek outstanding young men and women who are proven scholars; they must also be proficient athletes as well as leaders.  All federal service academies have also incorporated sports and physical conditioning into their overall academy experience and for this reason Greystone was directed to create a challenging sports program as part of its Physical Fitness program.

All Greystone students are full-time Schreiner students and as such, they are eligible to participate in all Schreiner varsity, JV and intramural sports.  Due to the conflicting time demands of the Schreiner varsity and JV sports teams and the Greystone program, most Greystone students participate in Schreiner intramural sports.  Since the academies do not send their “Blue Chip” athletes to Greystone, the focus of the Greystone program remains on academics.  Over 87% of all Greystone students were varsity athletes in high school and therefore many aspire to become varsity athletes at the academies.  The trick to making this happen for the candidate is to first get them “qualified” to enter the academy.  We do this by providing them with the academic skills they will need to excel academically - the key to enabling them to participate at the varsity level at the academy.  Once an athlete is able to succeed academically at the academy, varsity sports participation becomes a reality; however, unless the athlete can survive the academic rigor, even the very best athlete will run the real risk of being separated from the academy.  Over the course of the last ten years, several Greystone students made the dream of academy varsity sports participation possible by employing the skills they mastered while at Greystone. They were and are excelling academically.

Cadet Luke Holmes, USMA '15 and Greystone Class President Class of 2012.

From the very beginning when the Greystone concept was nothing more than an idea, a challenging fitness and sports component seemed like a natural fit.  Not only would such a program help to prepare students for their Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Physical Fitness Examination (PFE), such a program would also serve as a bonding mechanism to help bring the team together as a tight unit – something that is essential to our goal of high achievement for our candidates.  From 1998-2000 while serving as a Naval Academy instructor, the CEO and President of Greystone, Commander Dave Bailey was able to speak to several officers and coaches within the Academy sports program.  They were intrigued with the possibility of elevating the level of physical conditioning and sports involvement of candidates entering the Academy and therefore willing to freely contribute their advice and counsel.  It was not until he spoke with Lieutenant Stewart Smith, former Navy SEAL and now a world-renowned fitness consultant, that the Greystone Physical Conditioning Program took shape.  Stew provided Greystone with a fitness plan specifically designed to target the muscle groups needed to excel through the CFA. The workout plan was then implemented into a morning workout routine using the Greystone Park, the AC Schreiner Lot, and the campus loop (the one-mile road that circles the campus).  For the last ten years, Greystone students have followed this workout plan designed by Stew Smith and all have significantly improved their CFA scores as a result. Although the CFA only represents approximately 10% of the candidate evaluation score, Greystone is committed to “leaving no stone unturned” because our candidates are completely motivated to maximize every opportunity to earn their academy appointments. The CFA is administered monthly beginning in August.  For those candidates in need of the PRT or PFE, Greystone also administers those assessments on a monthly basis. The Director of Plans and Operations is authorized to submit CFA/PRT/PFE results to the academies.