Testimonial: Bill O’Brien – Head Coach, Penn State Football October 17, 2012Posted by in : Testimonials, Uncategorized , add a comment
I was honored to share a motivational message with the Penn State Football Team during pre-season camp. I am grateful to Coach O’Brien for trusting me with his team during a very difficult time of transition.
Here are his comments after my talk:
“We brought Lee in to address the team during a critical and pivotal time during our pre-season camp. He nailed it!
His message of personal and team excellence resonated with our entire team – including the coaching staff.
I highly recommend Lee as a speaker that will help your organization function at peak performance.” – Bill O’Brien
Book Excerpt: You Can’t Win ‘Em All September 4, 2012Posted by in : Uncategorized , add a comment
College football season is here! Unfortunately, many of my favorite teams – including my alma mater (Penn State) – started the season by losing their first game.
Here’s an important excerpt from my upcoming book, WIN: Simple Insights to Help STUDENT-ATHLETES Win the Game of Life, that deals with how to respond after a tough loss!
You Can’t Win ‘em All
Very few teams go undefeated for an entire season. In professional sports, the teams that eventually win the championship almost always suffer a loss at some point throughout the season. So, even the best teams have bad days and lose.
I don’t like losing. I never did. My dad told me that I came home from school one day in the first grade crying and upset because my teacher beat me two games to one in checkers. It may be OK for a first-grader to throw a tantrum because they lost, but that same behavior is not acceptable for someone your age!
This may sound strange, but I have come to appreciate the value of losing. There are critical lessons to be learned when you lose. In fact, I grew as an athlete more from watching my mistakes on film than I did admiring the things I did well.
When you don’t do well on an assignment or test, you now have an opportunity to go back, learn what you need to learn, and try it again.
Make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of blaming others, like your coaches, teammates, and officials, when you lose.When you don’t take responsibility for your actions during a loss, you can’t learn and grow from the experience.
Every loss/failure carries with in the seed of improvement.
WINNERS Embrace Adversity August 16, 2012Posted by in : Uncategorized , add a comment
Adversity is an ugly word in our society. We are always looking for ways to make our lives more comfortable.
With adversity comes pain and discomfort. Because humans generally dislike both of these, most people look for ways to mask the pain and retreat to a place of comfort.
Winners are different.
They don’t run from the pain. They don’t hide.
Instead, they survey the situation to find an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop. Winners actually embrace adversity and become better as a result of it.
Tuesday night, I got an opportunity to speak to a group of young men that have faced their share of adversity – the Penn State Football Team.
Let me tell you…they inspired me more than I could have inspired them.
Faced with unprecedented challenges…They didn’t run. They didn’t retreat. Instead, they’ve come together and have chosen to grow from these challenges.
They are already WINNERS in my book!
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I had the honor of addressing the graduating class of Phillipsburg (NJ) High School yesterday. I’m even more flattered by the note written by the school’s principal.
June 13, 2012
I have been blessed to lead Phillipsburg High School, as the principal, for the past three years. As the end of each school year
comes to a close, I have a desire to deliver a message to graduating seniors that they can take with them as they depart for college, the military or the workplace.
My athletic director, Tom Fisher, attended the New Jersey Athletic Director’s annual conference in Atlantic City in March, 2012. He had the privilege of hearing Lee Rubin speak at the conference. When Tom returned, he said, “If you can get Lee to PHS, do it.”
Knowing that I wanted to do something special for the graduating seniors, I contacted Lee and asked if he would come speak with them prior to graduation practice. In addition, I purchased Lee’s book for each member of the class (400 students) as a gift.
Wow! Lee spoke to the PHS Class of 2012 this morning and delivered a powerful message. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. Each student took in every word and heard a message that can change their life forever! Each and every senior in high school should hear Lee’s words. He has the power to influence in ways I have never seen.
Gregory A. Troxell, Principal
Phillipsburg High School
Spotlight NJ Interview with Della Crews June 4, 2012Posted by in : Videos , add a comment
My wife, Carmen, was featured on Spotlight NJ with Della Crews. Here’s the clip to our segment of the interview:
Testimonial: Sports Career Expo Panel (Moderator) May 14, 2012Posted by in : Testimonials , add a comment
Recently, I had the honor of moderating an amazing panel of experts during an NFL pre-draft event for high school student-athletes. The panel was filled with former college and pro athletes that have made a successful transition into roles within the business side of sports. Here’s a testimonial from one of the panelists, Tanya Marchiol – former volleyball player and founder of TEAM Investments, Inc.
Being a moderator for a panel of experts takes a special calling, one must be knowledgeable and astute as to who knows how to answer which question and grasp the crowds interest in the subject at hand. They are the leader among expert leaders. Lee, does just that. It was a pleasure to work with someone who understood each panelists knowledge of subjects and the enthusiasm in answering to engage the crowd. I would hire Lee for my personal events as his ability to convey and engage were superior. -Tanya Marchiol, TV Personality and Real Estate Expert
What Now? April 30, 2012Posted by in : Uncategorized , add a comment
The 2012 NFL Draft is over. There were a lot of players whose dream of being drafted to play in the National Football League came true last week.
However, for hundreds of others, their hearts were broken. Despite years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice, their dreams were denied.
So what should they do now? Cry? Find the nearest bridge and jump off?
Not even close.
Though they didn’t get drafted, many of them will get an opportunity to play in the NFL as undrafted free agents. Others will now be forced to find a new passion and open a new chapter in their lives.
Let me share a quote from my book, WIN: Simple Insights to Help You Win the Game of Life, by a gentleman named Karl Jasper that may make some sense:
“Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life, and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them”
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As President of the New Jersey Athletic Directors, it was a pleasure to welcome Lee Rubin as a keynote speaker at our 52nd Annual Workshop of the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey. Lee’s topic was “Helping Student-Athletes Win on and Off the Field.” Lee brings a wealth of athletic experience to the table and expresses himself in a logical sequential manner. His topic was relevant to the athletic administrators in the room. Conference evaluations were positive across the board and indicated that Lee was well received. In addition to the topic already mentioned, Lee speaks on Leadership, Team-Building, Overcoming Adversity, and Personal Growth. Lee was engaged with his audience and his audience was engaged with him. The points shared were applicable to helping student-athletes succeed. It was a pleasure having Lee speak at our conference and I would have no reservations with hearing Lee speak on a wide variety of athletic topics and issues.
If I can provide you with additional information regarding Lee Rubin, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Edelman, CAA
Vernon Township HS Athletic Director
Make Your Resolutions Realities January 3, 2012Posted by in : Personal Development , add a comment
Here’s a few thoughts that will help you accomplish your resolutions/commitments this year:
1. Take one step at a time. Most people never take the first step of a big project because they can’t see how all the other subsequent steps are going to work out. They are intimidated or fearful of the obstacles and challenges that may present themselves along the journey. Stop looking at the whole journey. You can only take one step at a time anyway. So, as you’re getting started, muster up enough strength and courage to take just one step. And tomorrow, you will only need enough strength to take one more step. And so on…
2. Push Past the Plateau. Despite the most disciplined and consistent efforts, we often hit plateaus on our way to reaching our goals. This can be quite frustrating, and can even cause us to quit. Whether we are talking about physical, emotional, or professional goals, the best way to break beyond the plateau and move forward is to change the routine. Confucius said, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, do not adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
3. Hire a Coach. Do you tend to make the same exact resolutions year after year? You may not need new commitments to succeed in the new year. You may just need ACCOUNTABILITY to help execute the old commitments. Consider hiring a coach (personal trainer, life coach, financial advisor) to help you. Often, just having someone to make you accountable can help you reach your goals.
Are Your Goals Big Enough? January 3, 2012Posted by in : Personal Development, Videos , 1 comment so far
As we begin the New Year (2012), make sure your goals are clear and lofty. This is an excerpt from my presentation at the Pennsylvania Student Leadership Development Institute.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.