Excerpts from Manhood from the Hood

One of Manhood From The Hood’s most enthusiastic fans is Coach Denny Welter!

Here are more of his favorite excerpts from Manhood from the Hood:

16.) Never hate anyone.

17.) The value of being gainfully employed.

18.) Unconditionally help a family member or relative.  (Mother Teresa attitude)

19.) Parent’s values were lived by their kids – prizing education, reading, independence and self-reliance.

20.) Grandmothers love you every moment.


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The Importance of Personal Values

In my opinion the world would be a better place if people had better “values.” According to the Ethics Resource Center (2009), the short definition for values is core beliefs that guide and motivate attitudes and actions.

Values are usually established early in life but over time an individuals values may change. Values help provide you with a strong foundation and give you guidance throughout your life. Values help you gain clarity about what you stand for. We express values in our relations with other people when we are honest, loyal, trusting, trustworthy, reliable, and feel a sense of responsibility for our family and friends.

A few personal values that I carry are: family, self-reliance, discipline, integrity, person growth, friendship, and much more. My values help me stay motivated and they give me guidance. Values are usually established in the home but it is up to the individual to keep those values. My son more than likely do not know this right now but I instill my values into him on a day to day basis. I am sure he will thank me later. By being a business owner I have also realized that my personal values are in alignment with my business values which is very important.

It should not be difficult to make decisions in life if you know what you value!

Cortez Wilson

My Son and T-Ball

It is t-ball season and my 6-year-old son is playing. We have played catch in the yard  and hit a few balls at the park but I had no idea how things would go. The first two practices went well but I was a little nervous about the first game which came after the second practice. When it comes to sports I can be a little competitive being that I played sports coming up. I had to calm myself down a few times while Cordell was out in the field playing around and not paying attention. It is okay to want your kids to succeed in sports but you have to realize that they are also out there to have fun and socialize with their friends, especially at age 6.

The first game went surprisingly well, Cordell hit two line drives into the grass, and seemed to have had a lot of fun. The second game I spotted him in center-field, squatting down, and playing in the sand. I looked around a little more a noticed that three or four more kids were doing the same. I just shook my head and reminded myself that he is here to have fun.

It is important to not put pressure on your kids when it comes to sports because that may cause them not to like the sport. Just remind yourself like I do, they are there to have fun and to socialize with their friends. The coaches are there for a reason, to coach, so if your kid isn’t doing something right, it is their job to correct them. I am looking forward to the next game!


Cortez Wilson

Excerpts from Manhood from the Hood

One of Manhood From The Hood’s most enthusiastic fans is Coach Denny Welter!

Coach Denny has spent a career teaching young people how to use the same life values Bill Roddy’s grandfather shared with Bill when he was young.

We are excited that Coach Denny wanted to share his commentary with our readers. So check in every Monday to see more of Coach Denny’s Favorite Quotes from Manhood From The Hood!

Coach Denny would love to see some of YOUR favorite quotes as well, so send them in! Thanks Coach!

1.) Humility, integrity, industriousness, loyalty, and patience

2.) Self-Reliance

3.) Benefits of hard work and family values, sharing and self-reliance

4.) Baseball was a team sport.  My grandfather didn’t want me to focus too much on myself

5.) We never want the government taking care of our family.  He believed in the value of self-reliance.
  • Health movie & lesson in self-reliance – Ron Hood’s Journey to Self-reliance – 70 miles across the Sierra Nevada Mountains without a compass, map, or food.