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11 things Ben Boulware lived by during Clemson’s magical national championship season (and still does today)

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Ben Boulware with National Championship trophy (Source: Associated Press) Ben Boulware with National Championship trophy (Source: Associated Press)
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At a luncheon for a Simpsonville-based non-profit on Wednesday, former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware gave an inspirational speech to the crowd, which included a list of 11 sayings he lived by during the Tigers’ magical national championship season. Boulware said he continues to live by the list today.

Boulware spoke at the annual fundraising luncheon for Generations Group.  According to the organization’s website, its mission is “to prevent sexual abuse by helping neglected and/or at-risk adolescent and pre-adolescent males overcome abusive behaviors.”  Generations Group provides a home-like atmosphere for those boys and helps transform their lives. 

Speakers at the luncheon included 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins and Boulware.

SLIDESHOW: 11 things Ben Boulware lived by during Clemson's magical National Championship season

Boulware told attendees about a list of words to live by that he created. He wrote the list on the first day of fall football camp in August 2016.  It was the start of his senior year. Boulware said he got up at 5:30am that day, pulled out a piece of paper and began to write.  He and his team were coming off the loss at the national championship game just seven months prior.  Alabama had beaten Clemson 45-40. Boulware said he had not been mentally or physically prepared for that game and he feels that is part of the reason Clemson lost.  So, on the first morning of fall camp heading into the next season, he made a list to remind himself of what he needed to do to make an impact on his team, his community, his family, his school, his state and himself. 

Boulware said he kept that piece of paper on the front of his notebook and he looked at it every single day, from day one of fall football camp, until January 9, 2017, the morning of the national championship that Clemson would go on to win.

Even now, he said he lives by the list, “It shaped my career at Clemson and it’s kinda the life I have now.”

  1. “Get the return on my investment.” – He said you must invest the time, energy and effort in order to get the return.
  2. “Character and attitude” -  In his speech, he particularly cautioned people to be careful on social media. He stressed that the way you conduct yourself matters and that people are watching. 
  3. “Realize your opportunity and realize your potential.” – He encouraged everyone to make the most of the time and opportunities that they have.
  4. “Past performance does not equal present performance.” 
  5. “Big time players make big time plays in big time games.”
  6. “Do a little bit extra every day. Get better every day.”
  7. “Pain of discipline *or* pain of regret”.  Boulware said the latter is not fun.  He said he experienced the pain of regret after the national championship loss in his junior year.  He said he wasn’t prepared for that game. Going into his senior year, he decided to experience the pain of discipline. “The end outcome is so much better when you discipline yourself every single day.” That time around, Clemson won.
  8. “E.A.R.N.”   This is an acronym that he calls a Daboism.  On Daboisms, he said, “We call them Daboisms because we heard a thousand a day! Coach Swinney loves his acronyms!”  E.A.R.N. stands for Effort, Accountability, Respect, Nourish.
  9. “Prepare daily, work daily, succeed daily.”
  10. “Beliefs, which turn into your thoughts, which turn into your words, which turn into your actions, which turn into your habits, which turn into your values, which then turns into your destiny”. He said this is also a “Daboism”.
  11. “Be the example, be different and outwork everyone.”

Boulware recently opened a gym in Anderson with former Newberry College football player Marcus Brown called The Junkyard Fitness.

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