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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Anson Dorrance will speak at WISE, April 11

Anson Dorrance will be one of the speakers at this year's WISE symposium. Dorrance has coached the women's team at North Carolina to 18 national soccer championships. His book, The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach, is highly regarded. Here's a quote from his book:
Excellence is accomplished through deliberate actions, ordinary in themselves, performed consistently and carefully, made into habits, compounded together, added up over time.

Since it is mundane, it is within reach of everyone, all the time. Please don't confuse this with success. In competitive athletics success is mutually exclusive...there are winners and losers..one team finishes first and another one last.

So this is your challenge [achieve excellence]:
  • through deliberate actions (the things players do in training)
  • ordinary in themselves (everyone is doing them, there are no real secrets).
  • performed consistently (done on a regular basis).
  • and carefully (with high standards and consummate focus)
  • made into habits (coached into your technical, tactical, psychological and physical fabric)
  • compounded together (with an understanding of harnessing all the elements)
  • added up over time (done when appropriate on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis).
You can read a long excerpt of his book here.


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