"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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Academy Recruiters

On behalf of the Greystone Staff and students, we welcome you to the Greystone website.  We congratulate you for having found our site and for your interest in our program.  It is our intent to help you as well as those candidates you represent because at the end of the day, we both seek the same goal – to send the very best young men and women to the academies.  If we can be of service to you or to those you are working with, we stand ready to help.  Because Greystone is not for everyone, whether or not a student elects to attend Greystone is irrelevant.  What is relevant is that the candidates choose the path that is best for him or her to earn their academy appointment or their selection into a program leading to a degree and commission.  Greystone stands for all who desire to maximize their year of prep so they can go on to an academy for the purpose of maximizing their 4-year academy opportunity.  So long as they accomplish that mission, they will be fully capable of serving as the finest leader possible.  Those they will someday lead deserve nothing but the best from their leaders and Greystone stands by to assist in that process.

Since our start in 2004, Greystone has worked closely with all five of the Federal Service Academies to ensure what we are doing with our candidates meets their expectations.  Over the years, Greystone has evolved from a program completely focused on empowering candidates to earn their academy appointment to where we are now – enhancing the program to provide candidates with the skills and experience necessary to excel through the academies to graduation…and commissioning!

Greystone is now approved by the Naval Academy Foundation, the West Point Preparatory Scholars Program and the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation for their sponsored candidates.  Greystone also accepts candidates who are not sponsored – free agents.  As a Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3), Greystone also accepts all candidates regardless of their gender or diversity status.  So long as an academy candidate meets the Schreiner University admission criteria and is willing to provide Greystone with a 110% effort 100% of the time, they are welcome into the program.

As an academy representative, you are welcome to contact Greystone at any time.  Should you be in the area, you are welcome to visit Greystone – we are always here!  You are encouraged to participate in any of the scheduled Greystone events – especially the Greystone Honor Code and Standards of Conduct Presentation during the Fall Semester.  Additionally, should you have a candidate interested in Greystone, they too are welcome to visit or participate in any of the Greystone events or activities.
Should you have a candidate in need of a Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), Greystone runs a CFA every month during the first semester and on an “as needed” basis during the second semester.  Candidates required to perform the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) or the Physical Fitness Examination (PFE) can also schedule these assessments through the Greystone office.

Additionally, should you have a candidate that must sit for a congressional or senatorial interview, they are welcome to participate in the Greystone Murder Board.  The Murder Board affords the candidate with a dress rehearsal for their actual congressional interview.  The Board is comprised of retired officers, community leaders and University Faculty/Staff.  Students are evaluated on their answers to questions, appearance, demeanor, hand use, posture, eye contact and communication skills. The candidate is presented to the Board and the process is completed within 30 minutes.  The candidate is asked to leave the room while the Board discusses the candidate’s performance.  At the end of their discussion, the candidate is brought back into the room where he/she receives a debrief from every member of the Board.  The efforts put forth by the Board have contributed significantly to the 100% success rate of our candidates earning at least one nomination.  Should you have a candidate that could benefit from such an experience prior to their nomination interview, please contact the Greystone office to make arrangements for the Murder Board interview.

During the summer, Greystone hosts a series of eleven GoToWebinars designed to help the candidate prepare for the nomination and academy application process.  Students learn about time management, physical fitness and how to write an effective application for a nomination and academy application.  The program is intended for students who will be entering Greystone as part of the incoming class; however, if you feel you have a candidate in need of our assistance, please have your candidate contact the Greystone office to obtain a schedule for the GoToWebinars.

Throughout the academic year, Greystone hosts four professional development lectures as part of the Klocko Leadership Lecture Series and the Hatchett Character Lecture Series.  These lectures are open to the public and all academy candidates are invited to attend and participate in these opportunities to enhance their understanding of the military and the profession of arms.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Greystone at 830-896-6530 or send an email to dbailey@greystoneprepschool.org.