About 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.

Resolving to Do Less in 2019

By |2019-01-05T16:10:49-06:00January 5th, 2019|Articles|

Well, it’s that time of year to make – and possibly break – resolutions for a fitter, smarter, and better version of you. Even now, most people I know are scribbling down new diets, new exercise regimens, new goals, new plans, and new commitments to a happier, healthier, and more successful version of themselves. Unfortunately, most of those resolutions will be broken within two months for a variety of reasons.

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Kyrie Irving – “My dad is the reason I wear #11”

By |2019-05-09T11:20:25-06:00November 23rd, 2018|Video|

This Nike commercial dropped on Thanksgiving day and what a great way to give thanks.  Drederick Irving was a single father raising two young children.  Drederick had NBA potential, even having a tryout with the Celtics in 1992, before the loss of his wife, Elizabeth, changed everything.  Like any father would, he put [...]

Win with grace, lose with dignity

By |2018-06-11T17:24:18-06:00June 11th, 2018|Video|

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 [...]

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Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant with animation

By |2019-05-09T11:58:08-06:00January 28th, 2018|Video|

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 [...]

Buzz Williams – What are you for

By |2018-01-24T09:49:18-06:00January 26th, 2018|Video|

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". https://twitter.com/_/status/955808667080777728    

What’s Important Now

By |2017-10-03T12:07:38-06:00October 3rd, 2017|Articles|

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 [...]