But something magical happened to me when I went to Reardan.

Overnight I became a good player.

I suppose it had something to do with confidence. I mean, I’d always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole – I wasn’t expected to be good so I wasn’t. But in Reardan, my coach and the other players wanted me to be good. They needed me to be good. They expected me to be good. And so I became good.

I wanted to live up to the expectations.

I guess that’s what it comes down to.

The power of expectations.

And as they expected more of me, I expected more of myself, and it just grew and grew.”  Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Photo John Avant

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4 Responses to

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    I like Sherman Alexie, and the quote is wonderful. And the totem pole photo is fun!!

  2. Di Anne Lewis says:

    Great quote and unusual, to say the least, totem poles! Do you know the story behind them?

  3. Jesse says:

    Never seen totem poles like that, yeah what Di Anne said, what is the story?

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