Ryan Wakefield

Ryan is Chief Editor at Every Day, Getting Better. Ryan has been a basketball coach for over 20 years. Having coached at both the high school and middle school levels, Ryan felt it was time to pass on the stories and quotes that he has used to help motivate his teams. Ryan also contributes to the leadership development programs for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Win with grace, lose with dignity

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The concept is simple and it is what I tell my players after every game before we go through the handshake line. Win with grace, lose with dignity. A video just surfaced on earlier today from @b757fo_jim and @cut4 of two friends, and they were friends first…but these two friends just happen to be facing each other in a baseball game where the winner gets the chance to move on to the state ch ...[Read More]

Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant with animation

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball takes the letter that Kobe Bryant penned on the eve of his retirement announcement and mixes it with the magic of a custom John Williams score and legendary animator Glen Keane. The letter by itself is amazing, but when narrated by Kobe himself, then mix in the music from the man who brings Star Wars to life and add the p ...[Read More]

Buzz Williams – What are you for

Buzz Williams – What are you for

Rounding out our three post Buzz Williams series is a video Coach did for #gBTimeout #getBETTER and we want to share that message with you too. In the comments below, share “What you are for”. Too often, I think we spend too much time ➕ energy on talking about or tweeting about ‘what we are against’ Over the last 2️⃣ yrs within our program & my family, I've tried to spend that ...[Read More]

Frank Martin and Buzz Williams – the start of what are you for

Yesterday, we posted a Buzz Williams quote – today, we share the video of the press conference where the quote was sourced.  It’s worth the 18 minutes of your day to promote positive change.

Buzz Williams, coaching, community and choices

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“I think my tenure as a coach is coming to a close. I tell my players that, I tell my children that, because all I care about is all the things he just talked about. I think the things that I used to look at on a scorecard that were really important, those things don’t matter at all anymore. So I spend a lot less time as a coach than I once did, and I spend a lot more time trying to help them grow ...[Read More]

What’s Important Now

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Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz loves to use the acronym of WIN. For Holtz, WIN stands for; What’s Important Now I am pondering that quote as I just returned from a leadership summit for a preeminent collegiate leadership group.   Out task from my division in preparation for the next year was quoteworthy. Break some shit, and put it back together! As a coach, I love those types of ...[Read More]

A leadership tweet from Mark Cuban

A leadership tweet from Mark Cuban

Leaders don’t conform to the consensus.  They create a consensus to their vision and goals. Leaders don’t change their positions mid-debate.  They welcome scorn from the masses because it creates the opportunity for dialogue. Leaders don’t look backwards to condemn what has already been done, they look forward to create a better future. Leaders are not dogmatic.  They are princip ...[Read More]

Kevin Durant – Still KD: Through the Noise

Matt Deggs, a coach who gets it

“There is no greater honor than to sacrifice for a brother” – Matt Deggs, Baseball Coach at Sam Houston State. There are just some coaches that you want to play for.  Matt Deggs is one of them.  After a loss that knocked his team out of the NCAA tournament in 2017 – Deggs gets deep.  He talks about love, being a transactional coach and becoming a transformational coach.

Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Tim Ferriss is not only the voice behind my favorite PodCast – but he is also the presenter in the top TED talk of 2017.  Talking on “fear-setting”, Tim is both vulnerable and uplifting.