Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.
The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they're working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.
If you are not willing to work hard and establish discipline in your life, then all your dreams are merely pipe dreams.
Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes.
Self-esteem is directly linked to deserving success. You must deserve victory to feel good about yourself.
The key to coaching is not what you do, but the way you do it. The intangibles, the motivational parts of the game are the most important facets of it.
At Boston University, I motivated negatively, and I found that although it can work at first, by the end of the year everyone is dying for the year to end and you have lost them. The last two years at BU, I motivated positively and got much better results.
The more you lose, the more positive you have to become. When you're winning, you can ride players harder because their self-esteem is high. If you are losing and you try to be tough, you're asking for dissension.
The basic premise of my system is to fatigue your opponents with constant pressure defensively and constant movement offensively.
Learning what not to do is sometimes more important than learning what to do.
It's better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays.
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