Gordon Marino

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The Professor of Philosophy at St Olaf, who also coaches American football and boxing, shares some of the secrets of his success.

  • Don't push people away. Recognise that people want to help you. I couldn't have done it if people didn't reach into my life.
  • Many kids in trouble have a hard time calming themselves down. They start to think things will never change, that it will always be like this. They lose their temporal perspective. Get up, move around, exercise, walk around. It will relieve tension. You'll never feel worse afterwards and often you'll feel much better.
  • You have to set your ego aside. You need a balance - enough ego to want to win, but not so much that you're only interested in who won the contest. You need to recognise when your ego is getting in the way.
  • Aristotle tells us in order to develop virtues you have to practise dealing with situations which are relative to those virtues. For example, courage is the ability to deal with fear, so you need to practise that.
  • If you're over-emotional, your emotions are out of control and you don't deal with it - it's going to come out. If you don't prepare - it's going to come out!

If you finish last it doesn't matter, as long as you finish.

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