"Put your pants on!"
That's the warning offered by Natalie Randolph a minute or so before she enters the boys' locker room at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. Petite and soft-spoken, the 30-year-old Randolph is one of the very few women in the U.S. ever to coach a boy's varsity football team.
How difficult must that challenge be? And what can we learn from Randolph's courage?
The lesson I took away from her risk-taking is this - still waters never reach the sea.
Here are some lessons preached by Coach Randolph.
HAVE NO FEAR.
Too many of us focus too much on what other people will say.
If you know you can do something, don't be afraid to try. Ignore the naysayers.
IT'S OKAY TO BE AFRAID.
But it is not okay to run away from what frightens you.
Act brave until you feel brave. Then be brave.
MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.
Trust your instincts. Seek advice from people who actually know what they are talking about.
SHOW UP EVERY DAY.
No matter how difficult yesterday was, today is all there is. Never give up.
Never, never, never.
Sometimes you go through the wall, sometimes you go around. Many times you'll discover the wall was simply waiting to be climbed. - JDW