Really? Why would he do that?
It was around 1992, I think. My friend Andrew and I were chatting.
Andrew was a good friend of Penn State's placekicker, Craig Fayak. Of course, I was a huge fan. (Still am.)
I asked him what kind of guy Fayak was.
Andrew said this story should tell you all you need to know. When Fayak was picking elective classes at Penn State, he'd ask everyone he knew this question.
"What's the hardest class you took at Penn State."
When it was time to pick his electives, he chose classes from that list.
At the time, all I could think of was why anyone would do that to themselves.
Fast forward to today, and I read something that made me think of Fayak.
It was an article about Warren Buffet. A 14-year-old asked him for advice. His response?
It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.
The article is worth your read. And the advice is true.
And it seemed to work for Fayak. In 1990 as a freshman, his kick gave Penn State the win over No. 1 Notre Dame.
Certainly good enough for me!
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Anthony Demangone, NCCO is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAFCU, where he oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association's education, marketing, membership, human resources, building facilities, finance and information technology functions.