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“Don’t be on time, be early.” 

-Mike Rigger

As a kid I was the worst when it came to being on time.

When I was a student at Holy Name, the number in the box on my report card for “days late” was always in double figures.

This with living across the street from the damn building!

My nickname should have been, “Tardy”.

I think back to the many mornings walking up the black, steel steps in the schoolyard leading to the building and having to pass Sister Barbara, our school principal.

I’m sure she was thinking to herself, “late again Mr. Finamore!”

At the time I should have felt embarrassed walking in on class after it had started.

“Mr. Finamore, don’t you have an alarm clock?” Miss Lynn, my 3rd grade teacher asked me one morning as I took my seat way in the back of the class.

She totally embarrassed me in front of my classmates.

“No, I don’t you witch!” I mumbled under my breath.

In those days, you didn’t talk back to your teachers.

Thank heavens all that changed as I got a bit older.

My quote of the day pertains to time; I was awful during one stretch of my life managing it. I would have to say that it started early in life; always running late in the morning. Running around the apartment in a reckless manner,  searching for a sock, or the hairbrush. Some mornings being so late I wouldn’t eat any breakfast which probably explains my below average grades.

It wasn’t until I was coaching at a basketball camp in my early 20’s that I listened to another coach talk to the campers about the importance of being on time; since then, I have become much better managing my time.

How are you when it comes to going places?

Are you one who is always running behind and rushing to get to your destination?

Or, are you the type that arrives early?

When I became serious about the coaching profession I tried to study and research as many of the great coaches as possible.  One of my subjects was Vince Lombardi, the late, great football coach.  He would often talk about self-improvement. “If you ain’t 15 minutes early, you’re late.”

We call that, “Lombardi Time.”