True Motivational Stories

Lou Little was the football coach at Georgetown University. The college president came to him one day and said, "Do you know Harold Chapman?" "Sure", Lou answered "He has been on my squad for years. He is an average player. The problem is that he is not well motivated."

"Well", the president continued, "we just received a message that his father died. Will you break the news to him?"

The coach put his arm around Chapman and told him the sad news. "I'm sorry, son, you take a week off."

But the next day Chapman was in the locker room preparing for the game. "What are you doing here?" the coach inquired in amazement.

"Today is the big game. I have got to play", he replied.

"But you know I have not included you in the team."

"Include me and you won't be sorry", the moist-eyed player said very firmly.

The coach softened and decided that if he won the toss he would use him for the first play. He would not do much damage on the kickoff return. Georgetown won the toss.

During the game, Harold came tearing down the field with the ball, like a tornado. The coach, pleasantly shocked, used him in another play and then another. He blocked; he tacked; he passed; he ran. He literally won the ball game for Georgetown University that day.

In the locker room the coach, perplexed, asked, "Son, what happened?" The player said...

1. What was the boy's answer?
2. What is the implication of this story?

***Check with your answers only after you have tried to come up with your own.
1. "My father was blind. Only today he witnessed my game."
2. Motivation provides stimulus. He believed that his father would see his game after his death. This belief motivated him to play exceedingly well. This is one of the true motivational stories.