Finkbeiner: Avoid the losers’ locker roomWritten by Carty Finkbeiner | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many years ago I was a football coach. My head coach and mentor was Frank Lauterbur, the head football coach at the University of Toledo. Among the key things coach Lauterbur had to change at UT was the player’s belief or confidence in themselves. He, Jack Murphy and others did a great job — eventually bringing UT three consecutive undefeated seasons.
Today, in our community, among the media, the citizens and some politicians, there is a “losers’ locker room mentality.” That is a locker room where players all point the finger at other players and say, ‘It’s your fault.” When a team is losing, it is easy to point the finger at all the other players and blame them. That’s the attitude that has to be eliminated if you wish to be on a winning team — or live in a winning community.
Toledo has too many in the media, too many citizens and too many politicians who are taking the economic hard times we’re experiencing and using this recession as an excuse to throw rocks or verbal accusations, often with few facts behind them. More than occasionally there are outright mistruths spoken as part of the backbiting.
Winners don’t do anything in tough times but work harder and smarter and try to help those who are going through exceptionally tough times.
And, losers, they point fingers at all others, whine and wimp around, generally contributing nothing but negativism to the already tough times.
Toledoans, this is a time and moment to define not only your character — but your community’s character as well. Stay strong. Stay positive. Help your neighbor. Help the community by being a positive-spirited person. Toledo can and will survive the tough times. Will you help us — or hurt us?
Carleton S. Finkbeiner is mayor of the City of Toledo. He may be contacted at (419) 245-1001 or email@example.com.