"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

Integrity Commitment Passion Truth Courage Teamwork Vision Trust Motivation Inspiration Character Excellence Tenacity Loyalty Purpose Ambition Confidence Dignity Respect Esteem Dream Opportunity Options Experience Skill Duty Inspiration Aspiration Faith Hope Responsibility Accountability Leadership Knowledge Attitude Maturity Patience Perseverance Prevail Potential Persistence Achievement Success Determination Honor Goals Perfection Capabilities Limitations Standards

Professional Development

The Greystone Class of 2014 with General Mike Hagee, Former Commandant of the Marine Corps after a presentation on leadership at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX. 

Greystone is dedicated to the development of young men and women who desire to serve our nation as academy trained and educated leaders of character, honor and integrity.  To accomplish this goal, Greystone has developed a Character Development and Leadership Training program that was derived from academy character development, leadership, military law and honor programs.  With the help of the academies, we have created an introductory series of courses, professional lectures and experiences that enable candidates to grow professionally as future academy leaders.

Character Development

Chris Croushore, Greystone Class of 2012, Honor and Conduct Committee Chairman - Honor Code presentation.

The Greystone Character Development course is intended to empower students to understand and appreciate the purpose behind the honor codes/concepts at the five Federal Service Academies.  Through their own research, students learn the meaning behind character, integrity, truth, trust and honor and are then able to extrapolate that into the development of their own honor code or concept.  By October, the Greystone students have worked together as a team to agree upon their Class Honor Code/Concept.  This process while at times is cause for much debate and discussion, results in the official unveiling of this document to the Hill Country Community. The greater Kerrville community – including veterans and community leaders – attend this very special presentation and the entire production is overseen by Judge Fred Henneke.  The reason for the presentation is to allow the Greystone students the opportunity to state in public what their intentions are while at Greystone and how they will carry forward this experience to the academies.  Once presented, the Honor and Conduct Committee is able to answer questions regarding their Honor Code and then all Greystone students will sign their name to the document.  Their signature means they are willing to abide by this Code/Concept – a higher standard – because that is what is expected of them when they arrive at the academies.

Leadership Training

Like the Greystone Character Development course, the Leadership Training course is intended to empower students with a knowledge of and appreciation for the unique obstacles that await them as leaders.  The objective of the course is to allow the candidate to research the various conduct programs at the academies and then to empower them to develop their own “guidelines” that they will live within while at Greystone.  The guidelines serve as boundaries that the students cannot cross because they signify academy candidate “show stoppers”. As academy candidates, students cannot engage in drug use, alcohol consumption or activities leading to a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and therefore the students include a prohibition of such activities while at Greystone.  Along with their Honor Code/Concept, the Standards of Conduct are presented to the community and signed as part of the ceremony.  The development of the Standards of Conduct as well as the Honor Code/Concept serves to develop the “moral compass” within each student – the ability to choose intelligently between right and wrong.  As a leader, it is imperative that they have an intrinsic ability to make the right decisions quickly – there is often little time to search through a reference document or seek legal advice.  Creating both documents in the initial portions of the Character Development and Leadership Training courses sets the stage for further development during the remainder of the semester and into the Spring semester.

Greystone Honor and Conduct Committees

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

- Aristotle

Once the students sign their Honor Code or Concept and their Standards of Conduct, they assume the responsibility of maintaining both documents in the minds of their classmates. This is accomplished by a series of presentations intended to reinforce the tenants of the Code/Concept and Standard. Since this is a student developed program, it is also a student enforced program that is overseen by the Executive Director. Any Greystone student suspected of violating the Code/Concept or the Standard is immediately investigated by either the Honor or Conduct Committee. Should the Committee feel that sufficient evidence indicates that a violation may have occurred; the case is then presented to the entire Class where they are allowed to hear from the accused as well as ask questions. A vote is taken that determines the fate of the student - majority rules. Because of this program, many Greystone students have gone on to represent their Academy Honor Code/Concept. Additionally, partially because of the experience provided by this program, no Greystone student has ever been removed from the academies for an honor or conduct offense.

Klocko Leadership Lecture Series

CMSAF #5 Bob Gaylor speaks with the Greystoners after his presentation.

The Klocko Leadership Lecture series is named in memory of Mr. John Klocko – one of the three incorporators of the Greystone program.  This lecture series is a major part of the Professional Development of each Greystone student because it exposes the students to leaders who have “been there, done that”.  It is by their experiences in the Fleet, Field and Air that students begin to appreciate the true meaning of leadership – and the responsibilities they will be held accountable for as they advance.  Greystone students have been fortunate to receive presentations by General Mike Hagee, Former Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Dave Palmer, Former Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point, Brigadier General James Brady, Medal of Honor recipient, Ambassador Ronald Hatchett, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, Former Staff Sergeant Donald Lorton, President and CEO of Maytag to name just a few.

Hatchett Character Lecture Series

Dr. Ron Hatchett, USAFA Class of 1966, Ambassador to Austria, and Retired Schreiner University Professor

The Hatchett Character Lecture Series is named in honor of Dr. Ronald Hatchett who was a graduate of the USAFA Class of ’66, Ambassador to Austria and most importantly, a beloved retired faculty member of Schreiner University.  Through this series, students are exposed to speakers who discuss the meaning of character and how it impacts the military world the Greystone students are about to enter.  To date, Greystone students have been honored to hear from Captain Corky Frost, USCGA Class of 1987 and Mr. Peter Vann, USMA Class of 1956 and West Point all-American Football Player. Whether it is their actions on the bridge of a Coast Guard Cutter or on the football field with Coach Vince Lombardi, both men spoke of the importance of character and how it affected their lives.


Greystone students are invited to participate in the Army ROTC Joint Field Training Exercise at Fort Hood.  They participate as a unit and as such compete against ROTC units.  While engaged in the JFTX, Greystone students are dressed in Army BDUs and must travel as a unit together (i.e. march).  In a short period of time, Greystone students learn to march, properly wear a uniform and fit into a military evolution.  It is a fantastic learning experience as well as a terrific professional development opportunity.