Latest Readings

I recently have been getting some good reading done, I'm not exactly sure where I find the time, but it has been good for me. I just finished Tony Dungy's book, "Quiet Strength". I liked it, it made me think a lot about my coaching philosophies. A lot of the stuff I read was things that I already heard/believed beforehand, but it was good to hear it again and said in a different way. Dungy's philosophies come mostly from his religion, so we have a little different motivation for our belief systems, but the end result is the same. It is all about people and relationships. You get good people, you will have success. Holding people accountable, good communication skills, sticking to your guns and beliefs even when the going gets tough or you are filled with doubt, those are all things I believe. As a young coach, I sometimes get impatient and frustrated because I want our guys to have success right away. I always tell them it is a process to get better, and it takes time, so I guess I should listen to my own advice. I do believe that Borrelli and the rest of the staff are moving the program in the right direction, it will just take time and we need to stick to our guns.

I also read an AWESOME story called "Skeletons on the Zahara". It was a gift from Emily's parents and came with a caption: "matt, make sure you have a glass of water handy". It was the true life story of an 1815 Merchant frigate that shipwrecked off the west coast of Africa (right around the horn, where the Saraha Desert meets the ocean). The captain and one man on board kept a journal of their subsequent capture into bedouin slavery, their unbelievable trek across the deserts as they lived a nomadic life, and then the deal that eventually brought them freedom. After they were returned to civilization, many people thought that their stories were falsely made-up because they were so amazing, but later observations of that way of life have confirmed the tale. They basically were starved/dehydrated during their 3 months of captivity, and the captain went from 240 lbs. to 90 lbs. when he was ransomed. Now that is some serious cutting weight! People thought Lewis and Clark had it tough, this was definitely on scale with Shackleton's shipwreck in Antarctica (which is another great book called "Endurance"). Anytime I ever think wrestling is tough, I should just remember what they went through!

OK folks, not sure if people are still reading these. Let me know if you are!
Matt

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