"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



Greystone parents are a vital part of the Greystone experience in that they represent a major component of the support “Triad”.  The triad consists of your son or daughter, the Greystone Staff and you – the parents.  For Greystone to accomplish the mission, it must be able to “push” your son or daughter beyond their comfort zone and into that “unknown zone”.  By “push” we mean we must be able to motivate and inspire them and where we intend to take them is closer toward academic, athletic and leadership excellence than they have ever been before.  To accomplish this task on a daily basis, we must know what is going on in their head and in their heart – and this is where parents play a vital role.  As normal 18-19 year old academy-bound college freshman, it is not unusual for them to assume the aura of being “ten feet tall and bullet-proof” while on campus, however, as experienced mentors and advisors, the Greystone Staff is aware that these young people sometimes pass such issues along to “Moms and Dads”.

   We need parents to work hand-in-glove with the Greystone Staff to ensure that when such information regarding health, injuries or emotional setbacks is passed along to them, they pass that information along to Greystone.  As an example, a few years ago one of our more stellar Greystone students who traditionally performed at the upper level for some reason presented himself at the lower level during morning PT.  When asked if there was a problem, he replied that there was none – and nothing else to explain his performance.  When the parents were called later that morning, they informed the Staff that the Grandmother had passed away the night before and their son was very close to her!  No wonder why he was not performing up to his normal standard!  For Greystone to “push”, we must know when things happen on the “home front”.  Everything from a girl/boyfriend issue, death in the family, death of a pet – anything that would impact performance is something that needs to be passed to Greystone so we can assist.  The Greystone Staff has a very close relationship with each student and because of this relationship; we are able to assist your son or daughter – as well as you!  For you to know that there are people who care deeply about your son or daughter is of great comfort in times of crisis.  As a Staff, we see ourselves as an extension of the family unit and we will certainly support your family to ensure you are able to deal effectively with problems and crisis as they arise. Conversely, the Greystone Staff will ensure that we communicate with the parents when we notice changes in their son or daughter.  Effective two-way communication between the parents and Greystone will ensure that your son or daughter is able to maximize what this program is designed to deliver – sustained superior performance in the classroom, on the athletic field and as leaders.  Parents can rest assured that as a Staff, we take our responsibilities seriously and therefore you have access to the entire Greystone Staff at all times – period.  We are here for you too!

One of the most challenging and exasperating moments of your life had to be the experience of the nomination and academy application process.  Parents have informed Greystone of their frustration as they attempted to help their sons or daughters fill out their applications properly, obtain all of those letters of recommendation, deal with DODMERB, communicate with the congressman and senator offices, talk to the academies and their recruiters – it was mind numbing and exhausting!  Unfortunately, that is the way the game is played, but there is a silver lining – Greystone will take on much of this burden.  The Staff understands how the entire process works and it is our responsibility to ensure that each candidate submits a completed package for each nomination and each academy – on time!  We work with DODMERB to ensure that all steps are taken should there be a need for a waiver.  We work closely with the academies and their recruiters to answer all questions and to monitor their application status.  We go the extra mile to oversee the entire process to ensure that every part of the process is completed and that it is “perfect”.  Greystone assumes the duties as your son’s or daughter’s advocate and we help them to get the job done – all of this while they are maximizing their academics, physical conditioning, involved in community service and do all of the many other parts that go into the Greystone experience.  In the end, your son or daughter will earn everything that they are entitled to and based upon the successes of our students, that will be considerable!

All of this is possible so long as we work together as a team – parents, son or daughter and Greystone!