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Are You The Same Person In Private Or In Public?

“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes – that means your [preparation:]. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights.” ~ Joe Frazier

 

 

Smokin’ Joe Frazier – Rest in Peace

 
When I was a Doolie (freshman) at the Air Force Academy, everywhere we went we had to walk silently at the position of attention – forehead back, chin in and shoulders back and down, hugging the sides of the walls making turns by squaring corners.   As a Doolie (a crude derivative of the Greek word doulos which means slave) our duties required us to be in dormitory hallways in the early morning hours before scrutinizing upperclassmen would be up and about.
 
I remember the upperclassman instructing us how crucial it was to perform and not relax during those early morning hours even though no one was watching because it spoke volumes about who you are as a cadet as well as how you would be as a future officer.  It’s easy to give the appearance of upstanding character when in public, but it is what you do when no ones around that truly defines your character. 
 

A New Doolie Receiving Guidance from Upperclassmen

 

Things to Consider 

Are you the same person in public as in private?  Why or why not? 

Will Rogers said it best, “So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip”.

Closing Remarks

Earlier this week, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, died after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.  Joe was the first man who beat Muhammad Ali in what was proclaimed the Fight of the Century in March 1971. 
 
A superb heavyweight champion, Joe spent the rest of his career in Ali’s shadow.  Following his initial victory, Joe fought Ali two more times losing in both fights.  
 
All Smokin’ Joe simply wanted to be known as a great fighter and a people’s champion, but with Ali on the scene all he could be was a great fighter just not the Greatest Fighter. You can’t talk about Joe Frazier without talking about Ali.
 

The Fight of the Century

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