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What do Danny Manning, Alexander the Great, and Mitt Romney have in common?

Published on March 29, 2012 by in Words of Wisdom

Ok, so it’s March Madness, the Final Four, and all that. I’m a huge KU basketball fan and I can’t wait until the championship game tonight. So, a week or so ago, my wife and I were talking about KU basketball, and how much Danny Manning had meant to the team as an assistant coach.

Danny Manning

“Do you think he will want to become a head coach?” Becky asked.

“No,” I said, “He doesn’t need the money, he loves KU, he loves Lawrence, why would he leave that?”

A week later came the announcement that he was leaving to become the head coach at Tulsa.

Which leads me to what he has in common with Alexander the Great and Mitt Romney. 

Alexander is reported to have wept because there were no more worlds left to conquor.

Mitt is financially successful beyond what anyone could dream.

All three need and seek a challenge.

Take Mr. Manning. He acomplished all he could as a college player, as a pro player, and as an assisstant coach.  He needs a new challenge.

Alexander wept because there were no more worlds to conquor, and Mitt Romney has made all the money he needs.

We are at our best when we are meeting a challenge.

I suffer from a mild acrophobia (fear of heights), I’m also one of the most physically awkward people I know. I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time. So, while I was stationed in Germany, I decided to go rock climbing. Corky Hudson was a world class mountain and rock climber and he took some of us to a rock that was probably not much higher than a two story building, if that high. After securing us with a rope, he climbed to the top and one by one we were to climb up while he held the rope from above. When it was my turn, I got about half way up and froze. I was shaking so badly, the people on the ground could see it.

Rock Climbing

“Just let go Marvin, I’ve got you and I’ll let you down.”


“It’s ok, I promise it won’t hurt, I’ll just ease you down.”

“No! Just hold on a minute, I’m coming up.”

And, I did.

I can tell you it was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. I had overcome my fear, my clumsiness and a rock. I felt like king of the world.

So here’s to you, Danny. You go climb that next mountain.

Mitt, I understand why you are running.

Alexender, I understand your frustration.

We, as humans are at our best when we have a challenge to overcome.

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