Quotes & Philosophy

"I believe you have two choices in life when it comes to dealing with adversity. You can play the victim or you can get up, get out there, and do something for yourself."

- Doug Fortenberry
"One of the hardest things we will ever do in life is some self introspection and looking for and identifying our flaws, but it is a crucial step to improving our lives and reaching our potential. We just have to be brutally honest with ourselves. There aren’t any perfect people out there. We all have problems."

- Doug Fortenberry
“It is not a question of if we will face adversity in our life: it is when, how much, and how we will choose to respond. And if life knocks you down 10 times….what do you do? Get up 11. If it knocks you down 15 what do you do. You get up 16.  You must persevere.”

- Doug Fortenberry

“Attitude permeates every aspect and every facet of our lives. It is the most critical element in our efforts and pursuit of excellence and success. It affects everything we do and everyone one around us and it is the basis and foundation of our character. And just think….we get to choose our attitude each and every day.

- Doug Fortenberry

“One of our most important tasks each and every day is to manage and monitor our own internal dialogue. We must make sure that we have positive messages running on that little tape recorder we have in our head. If we believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve our dreams and goals, and we keep the messages running on our tape recorder, then ultimately our dreams will become self-fulfilling prophesies.

- Doug Fortenberry
"Intellectual ability will take you only so far in life… a positive attitude, an outstanding work ethic, the ability to persevere without exception and a commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals; that will take you to the places of your dreams."

- Doug Fortenberry
“Let us all be honest, we all persevere at times but it is the without exception that separates those individuals and organizations who achieve success and excellence from those who fall short.

- Doug Fortenberry
“You cannot always outsmart and out talent everyone, but you can always choose to out work them.

- Doug Fortenberry
“Initially after my accident and dealing with my paralysis one of the most important lessons I learned was understanding that knowing your limitations and asking for help or seeking assistance is a strength not a weakness.

- Doug Fortenberry
"The relationship you have with your team members, employees, players, students, etc is without question the most significant factor in determining if you and your organization reach success and excel and ultimately achieve your goals."

- Doug Fortenberry
"The habits you build in high school follow you to college and beyond. Make sure you are building good work habits, because trust me you are going to need them later on."

- Doug Fortenberry
"Dreams fail when we fail to persevere."

- Doug Fortenberry
"Life is about the journey, not the destination. It is critical that you learn to enjoy and relish each moment every day."

- Doug Fortenberry
Success in high school, success in college, and success in life for that matter is not depedent on the college you graduate from, or how much money you have, or your class rank or GPA. Achieving success and excellence in life is completely dependent on your character. Character is what gets you through the bad times and to the good times.

- Doug Fortenberry

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