My experience from the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia last wkend.

"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."

— Thomas Edison

"On the Prowl"
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"On the Prowl"

Now available for purchase at The Art of Lax™.

Read the new blog post about it: "D, D-Fence, Defence… Defense!"

Be a fan on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheArtofLax

Passion

Passion energizes talent.  Find something you like to do so much you’d gladly do it for nothing.  If you do learn to do it well, someday people will be happy to pay you for it.  Prioritize your life accordingly to your passion with the aim to develop the talent you have, not the one you want.  Remember that it’s better to live with the pain of risk than the pain of regret.

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There’s still time for Wall-Ball at 6 in the morning. “To Be Good Is Not Enough”

There’s still time for Wall-Ball at 6 in the morning. “To Be Good Is Not Enough”

Here is the story behind the creation of “To Be Good Is Not Enough” (Rip-Sesh).
http://art.laxallstars.com/to-be-good-is-not-enough-part-two-rip-sesh/

Here is the story behind the creation of “To Be Good Is Not Enough” (Rip-Sesh).

http://art.laxallstars.com/to-be-good-is-not-enough-part-two-rip-sesh/

Reason behind my creating the artwork and the lesson from it.

"Everything Counts"  Oil on canvas. 2008.  www.TheArtofLax.com
The story behind the painting:
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Colin Powell(former Secretary of State)
One of my lacrosse coaches in boarding school was a man named David Reece, who has most definitely, taught me the importance of life in two, simple words.  It happened before the start of one particular practice when we did not have a game scheduled during the week.  A player asked Coach Reece if we could skip the routine (and often boring) stretch and warm-up, in the interest of just getting practice started and finished.  Coach’s response was very simple:
“No, because we will not skip what is important!”
The player inquired how it [stretching] was important and coach responded by saying:
“…because it’s one little thing that adds to a big part of our regimen and responsibility… whether it’s stretching out, tying your shoe laces, taping your stick, tweaking your pocket… even in practice… Everything Counts!”
He would always say that in a commanding voice when somebody would try and “cut corners” sort-of-speak.  I take those words very seriously.  It has not only helped me as a player on the field but as a professional – trying not to overlook or take anything for granted, especially in the “real world”.
It is a reminder that if something is very important to you, make Everything related to it Count… EVERYDAY.

"Everything Counts"  Oil on canvas. 2008.  www.TheArtofLax.com

The story behind the painting:

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Colin Powell(former Secretary of State)

One of my lacrosse coaches in boarding school was a man named David Reece, who has most definitely, taught me the importance of life in two, simple words.  It happened before the start of one particular practice when we did not have a game scheduled during the week.  A player asked Coach Reece if we could skip the routine (and often boring) stretch and warm-up, in the interest of just getting practice started and finished.  Coach’s response was very simple:

“No, because we will not skip what is important!”

The player inquired how it [stretching] was important and coach responded by saying:

“…because it’s one little thing that adds to a big part of our regimen and responsibility… whether it’s stretching out, tying your shoe laces, taping your stick, tweaking your pocket… even in practice… Everything Counts!

He would always say that in a commanding voice when somebody would try and “cut corners” sort-of-speak.  I take those words very seriously.  It has not only helped me as a player on the field but as a professional – trying not to overlook or take anything for granted, especially in the “real world”.

It is a reminder that if something is very important to you, make Everything related to it CountEVERYDAY.

To Be Good Is Not Enough (Wall Ball)

"There is NO substitute for HARD WORK" - Thomas A. Edison

“Taking Charge" 8x12 inches, pen & ink.
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Taking Charge" 8x12 inches, pen & ink.

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