More Meaningful, Less Meaningless

Yesterday I received a letter from a young lacrosse player who said he used to read my original blog for ESPN and it got me thinking. It has been a long while since I wrote on this blog, just about 3 years since my last post. I couldn’t remember my login and was clueless on my password (it happened to be one of my 2 passwords I use for my entire life.…

Believe

Everyone loves an upset.  We love to see David bring down Goliath, to witness a team achieve a feat that we all deemed near impossible.  For us, the spectator, we are only part of the game, the final product and the end victory.  We are all welcomed into the celebration and amazement when the clock hits zero and the unbeatable foe is beaten. But these victories were birthed long before…

Timeouts

The other team starts to gain momentum, a quick goal followed by another and then another and then another, with no answer from your squad. You have gone from man to zone defense, you have changed your offensive sets, you’ve tried every other adjustment you can think of. And then your coach calls a timeout. You once again take to the field, but things have changed. The momentum has been…

People not products

Is anyone else tired of hearing about personal branding?  I learned about it in school, I read about in blogs and articles, I hear people speak of it often. The concept is everywhere in our society, but for those of you who are not familiar with the idea of personal branding, below is the definition sniped from Wikipedia. Personal branding is, for some people, a description of the process whereby people and their careers…

The 100% Rule

The 100% Rule says that adhering to personal convictions 100% of the time is much easier than doing it 99% of the time.  The rule is simple in theory yet extremely difficult in practice. For example – let’s say you decide that smoking is unhealthy and a habit you never want to take up.  The 100% Rule says that you will have a greater chance of never habitually smoking if you can…

People who have done it

“At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.” – Socrates [Apology 21d] One of the hardest things for many people is to admit that they don’t know what they don’t know.  Do you remember sitting in a classroom and your teacher concludes the lecture with, “Does everyone understand?  Are there…

Time…

As a player, I know my career is finite.  It will not go on forever.  I try to remember this truth every time I step on the field.  We are all just one play away from a career ending injury.  One cut off the wrong foot, one awkward fall, one high hit and your career could be over.  It is not depressing, it is reality.  I remind myself of this over and…