"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

TEAM Organization

Together Everyone Achieves More.  I read that a few years ago and it stuck with me.  There is great wisdom in the word “TEAM” because it represents the secret behind Greystone.  For so many other programs – from attending a college on your own to being part of a military academy prep school – without a team, it is guaranteed that the performance of the individual will not be as great!  In this highly competitive environment where the prize is a $400,000 academy experience, there is little to no room for anything less than the very best performance across the board.  Whether you are thinking about performance in the classroom, on the athletic field or as a leader, team is essential to the level of excellence achieved.  If you are incapable of achieving excellence, you should consider another career opportunity!

Greystone is all about TEAM – and it begins on Day 1.  When students arrive at Greystone and complete the check-in process, they are assigned to a work detail.  It could be the “Clean Team” or the “Paint Team” or the “Moving Team” – everyone is assigned to a job and a team.  The intent is to force “interaction” within each team – the Greystone students all begin talking to each other while they work.  Keep in mind, most, if not all, have never met before check-in!  As they work, they talk, they then begin to work together – first within the team and then between teams – they must if they are to complete their tasks on time. Once completed, all teams have been around the entire Greystone dorm, they have talked with everyone and they have begun the bonding process – an essential element of team building.

From Day 1 thru the final day, the team building process continues.  Bonding between teammates never ends and as need arises for assistance, those within the team are readily there to elevate their team member in need so that the end result is that the individual grows and so too does the team!  At one time prior to Greystone, they were alone with no one to turn to for help or assistance, and now they have a team of friends that share a common bond.  The bond is a function of the team and individual goal – it is what brought them together in the beginning!  Each member of the Greystone team seeks to do their very best to EARN their academy appointment.  They understand that they must become better than they were or the result will most likely be the same – rejection.  Therefore, it is imperative that they all improve and there is no better way of achieving success than as a team.  Together everyone accomplishes more – and that is what is needed if they are to succeed, Success at Greystone can be seen in their mission – 100%...they leave no one behind! 

From the first day to the Labor Day Weekend camping trip to the MO Ranch Challenge Course – Greystone students function as a close-knit team that shares everything and is there for each other.  Team is the reason for academic success, athletic accomplishment and leadership development.  By working together in support of one another success is achievable.  The problem with most programs is that they fail to understand how to form a team and then to work the team to ensure success – that takes a special kind of leadership – leadership based upon proven experience.  Just because someone claims to be a leader based on their rank or experience does not necessarily make them the right leader for you.  This year of prep will require that you perform like never before and as such, you need to be in a program that knows how to maximize your needs and inspire you toward excellence.  Look past the “uniform” and see who is leading your program.  What have they done and what is their experience – are they team players or leaders.  You trust them with your future and your academy success – make sure your trust is properly placed!