7 Keys to Success
When he was 22 years old, a friend bought him a Notre Dame jacket,
from a surplus store, for his birthday. When he gave it to Rudy, he
commented, 'Rudy, you were born to wear this jacket!'. The words stirred
something deep within him; and so he boarded a bus destined for South
Bend, Indiana with the goal of meeting Notre Dame Championship
football coach, Ara Parseghian.
Rudy had to enrol in Holly Cross Junior College to get his grades up prior
to ever being considered for Notre Dame. With nowhere to live, he slept
in the maintenance room; and after numerous applications and trials,
Rudy was finally accepted to Notre Dame and eventually made the
football team as a walk-on.
Rudy was not really considered good enough to make the team, but he
never missed a practice match and was there suited-up during the final
game of his senior year. Now everyone in the crowd knew of Rudy's goal
to play for the team; and in the last play of the last game, the crowd
started chanting: Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!
Coach Dan Devine was so moved that he put him into the game in the last
27 seconds when he sacked the quarterback and was carried off the field
in triumph on the shoulders of the fighting Irish.
When you carry your own dream within, you too will be able to touch the
hearts and minds of the people around you in much the same way; and it
is a truly wonderful and uplifting experience when you find out for
yourself that the universe does indeed help you to achieve your goal.
The 7 Keys to Success