"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

For "Them"

Greystone students hear it on their first day and again on their last day – and many times in between!   We post it on documents and posters and have it printed on everything from running shirts to bumper stickers – "Them."  What does it mean and why is it so important to Greystone?  The answer is something that is initially grown as an idea and evolves over nine months into an engine to inspire leadership.  Upon arrival in August, most candidates will freely admit that they are at Greystone to earn their academy appointment.  A valid answer to the question of why they are here, but as a new Greystone student, they soon realize that their reasons are mostly self-serving (they are here for themselves, for their parents, for their girlfriends or boyfriends). One of the most important parts of the Greystone experience is to motivate and inspire young men and women to excel toward excellence in all that they do.  It is the stuff that powers this thing called "drive" and "determination" and "tenacity" for without it, students have no passion for overcoming the challenges that lie ahead.  At Greystone, students are motivated and inspired not for themselves, but for them.  At Greystone - and throughout their time at the academies or in the service - "them" refers to those they lead.  Truly effective leaders are outstanding because they realize that without followers who trust and believe in them, they are alone.  Therefore, it is for "them" that every moment of the Greystone experience is meaningful and applicable to their future at the academies and as leaders in the Armed Forces.  Greystone students soon realize that they are here for a real purpose and that purpose is to become the best scholar, athlete and leader that they can become so that when put into a position of leadership, they will be ready to assume the awesome responsibility that comes with leadership.  The problem is that for many prep school students and even some at the academies, they are not true to themselves or to their purpose - they are more focused on having fun or the party.  Unfortunately, that attitude will not drive the engine that is needed to excel toward excellence nor will it provide them with there passion and commitment they need to maximize their prep school and academy experience - and as a result, when they graduate, they are not prepared for leadership and those who must depend on their leaders are left wanting more.  For Greystone students, professionalism and honor is something they are instilled with on day one and by May when they depart campus, they know in their hearts and heads that they are ready for the next step - not to just "get by", but rather to excel!  They do this not for themselves, but for them - it is that simple!

As aspiring leaders, Greystone students are willing to live by an Honor Code that they write and then sign.  They are willing to live by a Standard of Conduct that they also write and then sign - in a public forum.  They are willing to work very hard from 0530 every morning until late into the night to make their mind, body and spirit stronger.  They are willing to set the example for those seeking a mentor or friend and to lend a helping hand to those in need who are much less fortunate.  They become men and women of action, no longer willing to look the other way.  They become teammates with others, who like themselves, seek to become the best of the best.  For those on the team, they are more than teammates and classmates, they are brothers or sisters with whom they treat with respect and dignity. They learn the meaning of truth and trust and honor - all essential elements as they grow into men and women of character and integrity.  The question is why?  Why endure so much when there are such easier ways to get by.  Is it excellence or is it tenacity?  The answer is derived from their own definition of leadership – and how they define it as their end state.

Greystone students learn about servant leadership.  For many “leaders” this concept is foreign - nothing more than words, however, for the true leader – one who must take those he or she will lead into harm’s way, servant leadership is more than words – it is a promise and a way of life. A promise to put the needs of those they lead (them) and their well-being before their own.  It is about taking care of those they lead because as their leader, they must trust with their lives in you.  It is for them that you are willing to push yourself toward excellence in all that you do – every minute of every day.  It is for them that you choose the hard road – the road of truth, trust, honor and character.  It is for them that you are willing to fight – because they will fight for you!  It is for them that you become the very best leader you can possibly be.

For this reason – them – Greystone students are willing to put it all on the line and perform to their highest potential – as a scholar, athlete and leader.  They know that somewhere out there is that group of men and women who are, at this very moment, enduring hardship at the pointed end of the spear.  And while they are in harm’s way, Greystone students know that they have an obligation to them to do what is right and what is best. Every moment that is spent in the pursuit of their commission as a leader should be a moment dedicated to them.  From the moment our students arrive at Greystone their life changes from the pursuit of self-serving interests to the pursuit of excellence – as a scholar, athlete and leader.  Their dedication to them will serve to drive that engine needed to empower each student with self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem so they grow toward their ultimate goal of becoming the best for the best!  This is the Greystone mindset and it is the attitude that maintains the focus and dedication for all of the right reasons.  There is clarity of purpose and every moment that is invested in them moves the academy candidate one step closer to that appointment and the leader one step closer to that commission.  The stakes are high and there are no guarantees, but the goal is worthy of a your total commitment and it is for this reason that so many Greystone students succeed where so many others fall short.

Somewhere out there are those men and women who are waiting for their Greystone students and soon-to-be academy graduates and commissioned officers to assume the awesome responsibility of command – and it is for them that each Greystone student, academy cadet and midshipman, and commissioned officer must do their very best at all times. 

Always Ready…For "Them."