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.

Perseverance of the baby bear

Hat tip to @carsondaly for posting this on the @todayshow. The concept is easy, life is hard.  Watch as the baby bear tries so hard to climb the steep snowy mountain, and fail, over and over again. The bear doesn’t give up, and the momma-bear up top paces back and forth, but knows all that she can do is watch. When you think about it, the baby bear must be exhausted by the time it gets to th ...[Read More]

Teachers Pay Teachers – sharing your educational ideas

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When I was in the classroom (12+ years ago), if you needed a lesson plan, there were just a handful of websites that you could visit.  They were not well organized, but they were a start.  Earlier, I saw a piece on the Today Show about a website called Teachers Pay Teachers and I have to say, it’s a brilliant idea. Think of Etsy, but for teachers.  Have a lesson plan that is wonderful, or aw ...[Read More]

EDGB Podcast – The Dichotomy of Leadership – Episode 1

EDGB Podcast – The Dichotomy of Leadership – Episode 1

Episode 1 – Ryan is joined by the authors of the best selling book Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink, and Leif Babin and has the pleasure to visit with them about their new book; The Dichotomy of Leadership.  The conversation about their new book visits a few different topics, ranging from coaching, athletics, hazing, and of course, extreme ownership.  Pick up a copy of The Dichotomy of Leade ...[Read More]

Jocko Willink on Extreme Ownership

Jocko Willink – Good

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

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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]