"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

Community Service

Greystone Class Presidents from the Class of 2012 "Bell Ringing" for the Salvation Army. Donations collected help support the Boys and Girls Club run by Greystone students after class.


 A major component of the Leadership Training course involves student participation in community service.  A natural link between candidates who aspire to serve their country as academy trained and educated leaders is their involvement in service to others while they are in the application process to get into the academies.  Greystone believes that such involvement demonstrates to the academy admission boards that our candidates are well rounded and capable of doing much more than just focusing their efforts on academics or athletics – they are also capable of using their leadership skills and abilities to serve others.

Greystone students from the Class of 2012 deliver fish dinners to the KFD during the Rotary Fish Fry. Rotarians provide a $1,000 annual scholarship for a Greystone student.

As a Greystone student, you will participate along with your classmates in community service programs like Salvation Army, The First Tee/JuMP Start (a nationally recognized program combined with a program developed by Greystone to provide mentors to teens who are currently engaged in the Kerr County Juvenile Probation Program), American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Rotary International, Veterans Administration Hospital, Vietnam Veterans Association, YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow, Camp Rays of Hope (Children’s Bereavement Weekend), Wounded Warriors Project (Brooks Army Medical Center) and Boy Scouts of America.  Community service usually involves volunteer service, however, as volunteers, Greystone students take on considerable responsibility as leaders and organizers.  It is through their involvement in these organizations that need help and assistance to complete their mission that Greystone students understand the meaning of compassion – putting the needs of others before themselves – and of servant leadership – putting the needs of those they lead before themselves.

Greystone students from the Class of 2011 insulating cabins at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow.

Community service within the Texas Hill Country also helps to showcase our students within the Kerrville community.  Greystone and the Greystone students are looked upon as a source of pride.  As young men and women aspiring to serve this nation as academy trained and educated leaders, taking time to lend a helping hand means much to those in need and those who seek to serve them.  Greystone students clearly establish themselves as role models within the community and it helps to explain why they are in such high demand when it comes to organizations that serve children and young adults.  Helping others within their own age group helps them to understand how very fortunate they are to be given the opportunity to compete for an academy appointment.  It is a humbling experience to help those less fortunate and it is particularly humbling to know that what you are doing as a volunteer truly makes a difference that can last a lifetime.  The young people as well as those who are older who receive assistance from Greystone have been changed because they know that these young men and women will go on to do something great with their life.  It is our hope that through our interaction, we too may change some lives to help them become somehow better in their life.

Greystone Class of 2012 organizing and running in the 9/11 Heros Run 10K in Dallas.

Greystone students accumulate over 300 community service hours between the time they arrive in August and when they leave in May.  This contribution is seen as a way of giving back to this community and our nation for the many opportunities they are afforded as academy candidates.  Through their service to the community, Kerrville and the Texas Hill Country is better off as a community – and the community is grateful for their contribution.