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Jim Tressel is the head football coach at Ohio State and has an impressive win-loss record to speak of his success as a coach. Not to mention a victory in the Rose Bowl last week.

However, more than on-field accomplishments, he works to instill in his players the foundations for a successful life. A well-rounded life that extends far beyond the game to include family, academics, values, and giving back to the community.

The heart of what he shares with his players is contained in their team handbook. In 2008, he put that information into a book called The Winners Manual for the Game of Life.

I should let you know that this particular book, given to my husband by his uncle, has challenged the way I think about life and inspired my theme for the year.

This blog is all about encouragement for life’s journey. I want that journey to be a successful one. For each of us to reach our individual destinations. But, more importantly that we each find the peace of mind that comes from knowing we did our best to reach our full potential and fulfill our purpose in life.

So, over the next months, I’m going to take a closer look at what it takes to have a successful journey. Including the character of success and the practical steps we can take to achieve our dreams.

What about you? Do you find it surprising that a football coach really cares about more than wins and losses? What do you think are the foundations for a successful life?

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