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Seabiscuit and Tom Smith

Quote: “Coaching leaders want great people to develop in great ways, and they want to be an integral part of the process! – Daniel Harkavy

In the movie, Seabiscuit, there is a scene where Charles Howard, the eventual owner of the extraordinary racehorse, meets Tom Smith, the talented and renowned horse trainer.  The setting takes place at night over a campfire with an injured racehorse tied to a tree on the perimeter of the campsite.  Earlier that day the horse had badly injured its leg in a race.  Instead of shooting the horse, Tom decided to help heal the horse’s leg and nurse it back to health.  That evening at the campfire, Charles Howard (CH) and Tom Smith (TS) meet for the first time with the following transcribed conversation:

CH: “Hi there!  Charles Howard.”

TS:  (with a hand shake) “Tom Smith.  Would you like to sit down?”

CH: “Nice to meet ya, Tom.  (Looking at the injured horse) “What’s in his bandage?”

TS:  “Oh that.  That’s Hawthorne root.  It increases circulation.  You want to sit down?”

CH: “All right.  Thank you.  Will he get better?”

TS:  “Already is.”

CH: “Will he race again?”

TS:  “No, not that one.”

CH: “Then why are you fixing him?”

TS: “Because I can.  Every horse is good for something.  Why he could be a cart- horse, or a lead pony, and besides he’s nice to look at.  You don’t throw a whole life away just because he’s banged up a little.”

From this conversation, Tom Smith is demonstrating a real passion for horses because he is willing to go the extra mile to help “fix” the injured horse.  Tom simply loves horses and believes in his heart that every horse is good for something, even if they are “banged up a little”; therefore, his genuine passion and love for horses makes him a superb horse trainer. 

I highlight this scene in Seabiscuit because I believe great coaching leaders are a lot like Tom.  They may not have a passion and love for horses, but they most certainly have a similar kind of genuine passion and love for people.  Great coaching leaders realize that every person is good for something, endowed by their Creator with special gifts and talents, designed with a unique purpose to contribute to life.  As a result, they are able to see potential inside of others, even when they are not at their best, believing in faith that their fullest potential and purpose can be realized in life.  The apostle Paul says in Romans 8:37, “Yet in all these things [challenges of life] we are more than conquerors through Him [Jesus] who loved us.” With a spirit of generosity and humility, may we be willing to serve others with loving-kindness by going the extra mile to help people learn, grow, and develop into the extraordinary people they are capable of becoming in God’s grace.

The Make It Happen Servant Leadership Value: “Make It Happen” People Are Led By Servant Leaders!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

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The Make It Happen Moment ® Face The Facts

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Quote: “Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life!” – Jim Collins

So when is good, good enough for you, your team, and your circle of influence?  You might think to yourself, “I’m a good person, I have a good team, and I work for a good company.  I live in a good neighborhood, I have good friends, and I make a good living.  Things are as good as they’ll be and that’s fine with me.”  Sadly, we all too often settle for the mediocrity of a “good life” when there is so much more we can live for.  In John 10:10, the Lord tells us that, “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  The only life that will ever really be good enough in this world is the abundant life found in the Lord.  He is Jehovah Rohi, the Lord our Shepherd, whom guides us into a life of excellence and abundance that far surpasses any “good life” we can attain on our own. 

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins further elaborates that one of the requirements to turn something good into something great is to “confront the brutal facts, yet never lose faith.”  To me confronting the brutal facts means discovering and facing the honest conditions of your life – all aspects – and then doing something about it through a spirit of faith in the One who makes all things new.  This process requires a safe environment that offers people an opportunity to be open, transparent, and vulnerable to judge themselves.  The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:31, that “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged”; however, truly judging ourselves requires the ultimate safe environment of eternal Grace, Mercy, and Truth that accepts us just as we are, releasing our past, and creating our future.  Facing the facts in the presence of redeeming Grace is the first step to experiencing real change that produces greatness found in God.  

Concluding, I have an important question to ask.  Are you living up to your fullest potential and fulfilling the destiny God has planned for you?  It’s not just a good question, it’s a great question that you must ask and honestly answer to become all that God intends for you to be.   With a spirit of faith, don’t ever settle for the “good life” when the Lord is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” in Him!

The Make It Happen Abundant Celebration Value: “Make It Happen” People Celebrate Accomplishments Abundantly!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

The Make It Happen Moment ® Face The Facts Copyright 2006, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint The Make It Happen Moment ® Face The Facts, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

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