Drawing on the inspiration of legendary coach John Wooden and other notable luminaries, each morning, Terry sends a motivating quote or two via email to a growing list of people who love his succinct, simple ways to jumpstart the day.
The Voice-Tribune caught up with Terry to learn about his daily message of insight and encouragement and what sparked the idea behind â€œTâ€™s Thought of the Day.â€
Why did you start Tâ€™s Thought of the Day?
I had a friend of mine who used to send out quotes of the day, so I just picked up and ran with it because I always enjoyed them. Iâ€™m a big admirer of John Wooden. Iâ€™ve read a lot of John Wooden and Max Lucado books â€¦ thatâ€™s how I picked up on it and just hope it touches someoneâ€™s life.
When did you send your first Thought of the Day?
Probably three years ago.
Have you ever missed a day in three years?
When I travel I canâ€™t do it. Iâ€™ve probably missed 10 or 15 days.
Have you ever repeated a quote in the three years youâ€™ve been sending them?
If I repeated a quote itâ€™s because something in my life touched on it (and I wanted) to repeat it.
Who do you send your Thought of the Day to?
A lot of friends and Iâ€™ve met new people along the way. Iâ€™ve been pretty fortunate with my job. I get to meet a lot of nice people. Weâ€™ll get to talking about it and Iâ€™ll ask if they want me to start sending it to them.
What kind of feedback do you get?
I get actually quite a bit. And if I miss (a day), someone will say â€˜I guess youâ€™re out of town.â€™ My old basketball coach will usually reply back and send me some (quotes) too.
When do you send your thought of the day?
I try to do it in the mornings, but it gets kind of hectic. Sometimes in the early afternoons. Ninety percent of the time itâ€™s when I first get in to work.
Beside books, do you have any other sources for quotes?
My son plays football and my other son plays baseball. Sometimes during the season Iâ€™ll (go online) just to find some good football quotes.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Thatâ€™s hard. I guess I would take one out of John Wooden. â€œMake every day your masterpiece.â€
Iâ€™m guessing John Wooden is your favorite person to quote. Am I right?
By far. Heâ€™s not only a great coach, but a great man.