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"vowels of success," being individual reminders of how to stick
to one's goals in life. Bench's own vowels are: A-achieve;
E-employability; I-inner conceit; O-opportunity; and U-use.
Bench briefly explained his belief that each person has their
own set of vowels for success that applies to him or her. In this
vein he had different friends and colleagues provide their own
sets of vowels: one departure was by former Indiana basketball
head coach Bobby Knight, whose use of the vowel "A" was to
"Avoid assholes."
Bench also described how his Little League team, coached
by his father, started the season by losing one game after
another. Through all this his father exhibited patience with
the players, and tried to keep their spirits up. After a loss
he'd simply say, "Let's get a cheeseburger," in an effort to
quickly move on from defeat. As the season went on, the
team improved, and near the end of the season, Bench's team
handed their previously undefeated opponents their first loss
of the season. After the game, Bench related how he saw that
the other team was crying, and asked his father about it. His
father responded: "They haven't yet learned how to lose." His
father's patience and perseverance, embodied in that frequent
refrain "Let's get a cheeseburger," has remained Bench's guiding
principle as to how to handle both success and defeat.
Talking about his own family life, Bench related how he
received a Facetime call that morning at 6:43 from his 12- and
9-year-old sons, who he is raising on his own following his
divorce from their mother, his fourth marriage. Joining them
in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" was Bench's 29-year-old son
from his second marriage, who was getting them up and off
to school that morning. Aside from expressing how lucky he
felt to be in the situation of being able to spend time with his
sons, Bench talked about how quickly his life has passed from
when his older son was born. He then recited the lyrics of the
very sobering Ray Stevens hit song from 1968, "Take Care of
Business Mr. Businessman," which are in part:

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