"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
Aristotle
"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."
Aristotle
"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."
Anonymous
"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."
Anonymous
"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."
Anonymous
"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."
Anonymous
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
Anonymous
"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."
Anonymous
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt



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Physical Conditioning

All Federal Service Academies require candidates to demonstrate that they are physically fit.  Candidates are required to submit the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), Physical Readiness Test (PRT) or the Physical Fitness Examination (PFE).  For most academies, the results of this test determine whether or not that candidate meets the minimum fitness requirements to be assessed as “Physically Qualified” and therefore allowed to enter the academies. For all candidates, there is a 6-7 week summer training program filled with physical and mental challenges that they must endure prior to the start of their academic year.  Failure to successfully complete the summer training program will result in dismissal or the assignment of remedial training. Therefore, one of the major objectives of any candidate must be that they are in the best shape of their lives!  Pushing the forward edge of the fitness envelope will ensure that you are not the target of “negative leadership motivation” for falling behind the other members of your unit and during your summer training, the less attention of this kind you can attract, the better!


For Greystone students, they are required to pursue excellence in all major areas of contention for academy candidates – academic, athletic and leadership.  Focusing initially on the fundamental physical conditioning requirements of the CFA, students begin an arduous fitness regimen known as “PT” for Physical Training (the Greystone students have other words for it!).  Beginning at 0530, Monday thru Saturday, students will assemble adjacent to the dorm for stretching followed by Circuit Training in the University Quad.  This training program was initially designed by former Navy SEAL, Stuart Smith.  Stu was kind enough to design the PT process that targets the individual muscle groups needed to enhance performance during the CFA.  The objective of this program is to empower students to increase their strength, agility and stamina so they can “maximize” each section of the CFA.  By scoring as high as possible on the CFA, students make themselves more competitive as candidates.  Our intent is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the application process.  Additionally, by improving strength, agility and stamina, students are more capable of excelling through their summer training experience awaiting them at the academies.

Physical training is part of everyday – whether it is scheduled by Greystone or not.  The establishment of a routine that includes daily PT will serve not only the candidate, but also the physical needs of the cadet/midshipman and eventually the officer as well!  Setting the right example for those you will someday lead is key to a leader being respected and followed.  Over the last two years, Greystone students have taken it upon themselves to train for and then participate in a marathon.  This past year, 7 students ran the Austin Marathon and all completed the 26.2 mile run – none were runners before Greystone.  In 2011, 14 Greystoners ran in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and all Stoners rocked across the finish line!  Physical fitness empowers people to do what they had only dreamed about before!