The Importance of Being a Leader in Sports

During my NFL career, I learned that leadership is a trait that all athletes have deep inside of them. Unfortunately, I found that most players do not know how to apply their leadership skills. It is the inability to apply leadership that sets the regular NFL players apart from the true greats such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. These fine players are all strong leaders. It is their powerful leadership skills that inspire their teammates to come together as a team and play at the best of their ability – even when they are losing.

Sports leaders are able not only to lead people in the right direction but to also give them confidence. A leader makes his teammates believe deep in their hearts that if you follow me, we will win. This requires a lot of responsibility and charisma on the part of the leader, but it’s also what separates good players from the Hall of Fame players.

As a young athlete, if you want to make it first to college sports and then to professional sports, you must develop your leadership skills. It is the strength of your leadership skills that will help separate you from the competition. College and Pro teams want leaders. Leaders win games.

As a young athlete, if you want to someday make it to the pros, you must work on developing your leadership skills everyday. You need to learn how to motivate people and make them believe in you. To build your leadership skills, here are some tasks you should do.

1. Be on-time for your classes at school and work hard to get good grades. This shows your teachers that you are eager to learn and to work hard. It also shows your coaches that you are eager to learn and work hard. So, always show respect for your teachers and coaches and they in-turn will show respect for you. This is the first step for becoming a leader. You must show others that they can trust and respect you.

2. Be a leader in everything you do. At school, help your classmates learn. Lead them to going to class on-time and working hard to get good grades. Help your community. And, help your teammates improve their skills on and off the field. The sooner you take the role of being a leader who makes smart decisions, the sooner people will see that you are a leader and they will follow you. Also, when people who have power see that you are a strong leader, they will give you special opportunities that other people and players will not get.

3. Show leadership by example in your sport. Work at learning your skills and the strategies of the game harder than anybody else on your team. One trait the true sports leaders all have in common is they are always the first to arrive at the sports facility in the morning and the last to leave at night. They become the best players and the strongest leaders by working twice as hard as everybody else. If you choose to work twice as hard as everybody else, you will receive deep respect from both your teammates and from your coaches. And, you will become a master of your sport.

4. Being a leader is even more important during the bad times than the good times. A true leader remains confident and motives his team members even when they are losing. It is during bad times that a leader’s true colors will shine and he will do everything he can to help his team be confident and driven to win.

Finally, understand that leadership is not something that is given to you. Leadership is something that you give to others.

Exciting Multimedia CD by Branden Books Publisher Adolfo Caso

Observations in Poetry and Pictures:

The Words and Images of Adolfo Caso

By Adolfo Caso *

The Dante University Foundation, Inc.

ISBN: 0937832464

70 Pages, MultiMedia

I do not immediately understand all poetry-yet the words speak to my heart and it responds. So, oftentimes, I read and reread a selection until the words flourish in my understanding. When I opened Adolfo's CD, I found that I went through it three times before I forced myself to stop. And now, as I write this review, I begin again … watching, reading, listening and enjoying!

This work is a delight! This is a magnificent array of sights and words that capture you from the introduction to the end.

My eyes were first drawn to his photography. Immediately it spoke to me as I relished someone else's interest in rock formation and its beauty. I thought of my own rock garden scenes and wanted to share and talk about the visions he had presented to us. I want to go to these places that have been captured; I want to walk near and touch the images – are they really so beautiful? I want to sit and study this beauty, see it from different angles than those that have been captured. . Each picture is intriguing, beautiful, and evocative-there is no choice but to immediately go now to read the words!

Adolfo and I briefly met many years ago in Chicago … then I dared to know him through his book, The Straw Obelisk, But, Adolfo's poetry and photography allowed me to come to know him, yes, as a true artist. His claim that he did not have the talent to become an artist is only partly true, for his talents have been demonstrated through words and camera. Come, let us review his words now:

Run:

Fulfill those Urges

That surge inside your soul,

Kiss:

If you do not do it now

You will miss the bliss

That attracts the young. *

* Part of "Why Dream," p.4.

Here they are; here they are,

The God-made couple

I bought my hand to her breast

And there beheld Paradise. *

* Part of "Evening in Spring," p.10

Whether the words are of love, man's flight into space, Kennedy's death, or the many other issues expressed, they solicit passion, wonder, and tears. We hear the music that he hears. We laugh or we cry with Adolfo; we empathize through his words. And it is good to share his thoughts. For those of you who know the language, the final selections are provided in both Italian and English and as he shares memories of Naples and Milan, it will be a special blessing for many of you.

During my third time through, I noticed a little mark above the directional arrows. Clicking in curiosity, I am amazed to find Adolfo, sitting at a little bistro table, an espresso before him … and he's talking to me! He tells me about why he writes, he shares intimate thoughts as we sit there. Other times, I click and a lovely female voice is reading along with me, articulating each word carefully, so that I may enjoy each word more fully.

I was impressed … no doubt about it! This book in macromedia form is something that will be held close and enjoyed over and over. Adolfo, I applaud your works, I embrace your words to my heart and I delight in the sights you have shared. There is no doubt whatever … get this CD!

* Adolfo Caso is owner / publisher of BrandenBooks

Why Native Apps Are Still Ahead of HTML5

HTML5 might have had a promising start but native mobile video players are still making their mark due to their features. Due to the impressive start of HTML5, it was being considered as the next big thing in the world of mobile ads. Bets were being placed on HTML5 over the native mobile video player. But Alas! Due to the time and cost it requires to develop cross-platform compatible ads are still in the game, and are still popular among advertisers.

Edge of Native Mobile Video Player over HTML5

The demand of mobile apps by the brands is increasing with every passing day. Advertisers and software developers come up with creative ideas to gain an edge over their competitors and get more per click user ratio.

According to the creator of a leading social networking website, using HTML5 to create mobile apps was a mistake. It slowed the end user experience and wasn’t providing similar results on different browsers. The apps created by using HTML5 soon began to lose their charm after its introduction. The mobile app developers are facing long-term issues with their apps developed using HTML5.

However, with native apps it was easier to create video ads and integrate them into mobile phones. Native mobile video players are being hailed by the advertisers due to their cross-platform compatibility and better branding experience.

HTML5 gained quick popularity because of its new and innovative features. However, it couldn’t enhance the end user experience. The apps which were created by using HTML5 were slow. However, the Native apps have enhanced the end user experience with the constant upgrades in the technology.

Native Mobile Video Player SDK (Software Development Kit) for Android and iOS

Interactive mobile ads require creative options to be able to engage their user in their cell phone video ads. Native cell phone movie player for Android and iOS have better usability compared to HTML5 but the time and cost it takes to develop apps that provide similar user experience on all forums is not worth it.

With the native mobile player SDK (Software Development Kit) available for Android and iOS, now you can create a better and interactive mobile ad and gain the attention of the mobile surfer. This provides an effective way to deliver the message to the targeted audience. Native mobile players are software developer and browser friendly and enables developers to creatively place mobile video ads.

Las Vegas Hotel Reservations

Las Vegas has room for everyone – rich or poor. If you have enough money to burn, the city will offer you high-class luxury hotels. And if you talk to yourself before every dollar you spend, you can find a host of cheap hotels that suits your pocket.

Although you can still try the traditional method of calling up a hotel and making reservations by telephone, the best method for doing so is online. Online reservation will save you a lot of money. And the money saved will be worth the trouble of surfing the Internet and comparing the rates offered by different hotels. What's more, if you choose to go online, you are illegally to end up landing in a no-vacancy hotel or making last minute booking in a desperate hurry. Las Vegas offers you over 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from. It's unimaginable you will not find a single one that fits your budget.

Most hotels accept credit cards and have safeguards to protect your personal information.

As prices depend on currency fluctuations, they may vary on a daily basis. But once you make a booking, the currency exchange rate for that booking is fixed at the rate at booking creation date.

If you want to cancel your booking, do it online. If you notice directly to the hotel, the hotel will not treat it as valid and full payment will be applied. All cancellations or changes will incur a charge.

In most hotels, there is a limit as to how many people stay in a room. So take care that your booking clearly indicates the number of people staying. Most hotels usually charge an extra amount for the extra people. Child policies are likely to be different in different hotels. In the case of a refund, the amount will be credited directly to your credit card.

Most hotels will offer you a single room, double room, twin room, triple room or quad room.