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Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas?  Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains in this great TED Talk. [ted id=2474]

Coaching with Why

Coaching with Why

Why is the greatest question ever.  So what happens when as coaches, we look at the why?  I just spent the season assisting a basketball coach who prefers the three-point-shot over a two pointer.  His logic, you can make a lower percentage and still outscore your opponents.  Three’s and layups only. This video is a great example of football coach Kevin Kelley asking “Why?” and co ...[Read More]

The Truth

The Truth

The truth is not trendy; it remains constant through time and unaffected by opinion or culture. – John Bevere

A coaches impact

A coaches impact

One coach will impact more people in a year, than most people do in a lifetime. If you do not agree with this quote, go and ask someone who impacted their life.  Odds are that they will tell you the name of a coach, or a teacher. If you had a coach who impacted your life, please make sure to let them know.  

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

Dear Ms. Silva, That’s the name of the video, and a great way for us to start our open letter to you and your class.  Our team here at #EDGB followed the story of your amazing students this past season.  Their passion for their education, and their positive classroom community serves as such a great lesson to all of us as to how we should approach life.  Their passion for Notre Dame serves a ...[Read More]

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

[ted id=2325]

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here

The message is simple.  Enjoy those you love while you can.  Be thankful for those that support you and pave the way for your journey, and never take any day for granted.

Tom Coughlin on the Importance of Character

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As he resigns from the New York Giants, future Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin had a few choice words about the importance of character.   WATCH: Tom Coughlin’s message on the importance of character #ThanksTC #GiantsPride https://t.co/m0WBCoUpn0 — New York Giants (@Giants) January 5, 2016

Dear Stuart Scott

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

[ted id=1728]

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

  From James Naismith himself – his story on how he invented basketball.  This is believed to be the only known audio recording of Naismith.  It is from a January 31, 1939 radio broadcast of “We the People”, hosted by Gabriel Heatter.  It was recently discovered by a professor at the University of Kansas. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237701980R ...[Read More]

The meaning of the National Anthem

The meaning of the National Anthem

Recently, the Virginia Tech Men’s’ Basketball Team got a lesson on our National Anthem.  Well done Coach Buzz Williams, way to build character into your program. Please click the link to view http://www.hokiesports.com/videos/#!/videos/m-baskbl/o3OHdyeDpUtOaxz14Y9rJrRiKKxVfzdP

506 reasons why our world is amazing

Compete like a fourth grader

Compete like a fourth grader

We saw this come across twitter from @JVPIrish and couldn’t wait to share it with our community. Recently a fourth grade class in New York was given an article to read.  After reading the article the students were asked to support one of the two sides and defend their position. The topic:  How trophies are awarded in youth sporting events. We think Silas got it right.  Share your opinion bel ...[Read More]

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

One last look.

When we first met I was just a kid

When we first met I was just a kid

Many people read the poem that Kobe Bryant posted to The Players’s Tribute announcing his retirement.  But those people who were lucky enough to be at the Staples Center that night received a more personal message. When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me in. Some of you didn’t. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today. You gave me confidence to ...[Read More]

Dear Basketball

Dear Basketball

“This season is all I have left to give.” @kobebryant pens a letter to basketball: https://t.co/hu5CUoXHhJpic.twitter.com/1ogKdH7buP — The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) November 29, 2015 Kobe Bryant took to The Players’ Tribune on November 29th to announce that this was his last season.  In a beautifully penned poem to the game that he loves.  It is open and honest, an ...[Read More]

Parent, then Coach

Parent, then Coach

We are officially live – go tell your friends or anyone who loves self improvement – http://t.co/vwxSDMqho5 #edgb — EveryDayGB (@everydayGB) February 16, 2014 When I launched Every Day, Getting Better back in 2013, I launched it as a coach first.  It was for me, after all a resource for coaches first, player’s second.  I had at that time coached for over 18 years.  I had stacks o ...[Read More]

The Lego Letter

The Lego Letter

In the 1970’s Lego sets came with the enclosed letter: To Parents The urge to create is equally strong in all children.  Boys and girls.  It’s imagination that counts.  Not skill.  You build whatever comes into your head, the way you want it.  A bed or a truck.  A doll’s house or a spaceship.  A lot of boys like doll houses.  They’re more human than spaceships.  A lot of gi ...[Read More]

worry that they are always watching

worry that they are always watching

Don’t worry that children never listen to you.  Worry that they are always watching you.

I never lose

I never lose

I never lose.  Either I win or I learn.

Is your time worth it?

Is your time worth it?

Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry? ~ Robert Tew

My Kind of Signing Day

My Kind of Signing Day

The contract is simple, straightforward and to the point. It reads: Fighting Irish Fight for Life National Letter of Intent I, _________, accept the invitation to join the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2015-16 school year.  By signing this agreement I promise to have fun, fight my hardest, stay strong, and, what though the odds be great or small, with my team at Notre Dame we wil ...[Read More]

We are all Pirates

We are all Pirates

After a 55-7 loss in September 2015, the quarterback of the losing team did a remarkable thing.  William Simpson asked to address the winning team.  The loss was pretty brutal, and usually in losses like that, the quarterback is the one who faces the most scrutiny.  So what made this quarterback want to dole out sage advice and not make excuses for his teams performance? “He tells them that this 5 ...[Read More]

I love watching you play

Jon Gordon on Servant Based Leadership

Jon Gordon on Servant Based Leadership

You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on perspective

Jon Gordon on perspective

There is never a bad day, only bad moments. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on the difference between success and failure

Jon Gordon on Leadership

Jon Gordon on Leadership

Leadership is a transfer of purpose, passion, optimism, and belief. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on Sustainable Success

Jon Gordon on Sustainable Success

Want to create sustainable success?  Focus on the ROOT, not the FRUIT. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on Culture

Jon Gordon on Culture

Culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Every Day, Getting Better on Jon Gordon’s team

Every Day, Getting Better on Jon Gordon’s team

A few weeks back Every Day, Getting Better was selected to be part of the Locker Room Launch Team for a new book from Bestselling Author, Jon Gordon (The Energy Bus) and former Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith. The book is titled; You Win in the Locker Room First – The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports and Life. For the next week we are going to highlight p ...[Read More]

Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl

No act of kindness

No act of kindness

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

Braver, Stronger, Smarter

Braver, Stronger, Smarter

“Promise me that you’ll remember, you are BRAVER than youbelieve, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think.” -A.A. Milne

What’s inside you

What’s inside you

Before his passing – Dr. Wayne Dyer shared one last lesson on his facebook page. The lesson was a reflection of a conversation he had with a young man who attended an I Can Do It conference where Dr. Dyer was preparing to speak.   “If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?” Dyer asked him. He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of cou ...[Read More]

good times – bad times

good times – bad times

The good times become great memories. The bad times become great lessons.

Robin Williams on being alone

Robin Williams on being alone

I used to think the worse thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not.  The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.” ~ Robin Williams

go confidently

go confidently

go confidently in the direction of your dreams – live the life you have imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau

In a gentle way

In a gentle way

In a gentle way, you can shake the world ~ Gandhi

When you judge another

When you judge another

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer

Replace fear of the unknown

Replace fear of the unknown

Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.

Simple sportsmanship

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The Little League World Series often leaves us with great storylines.  Last year we had Mo’ne Davis, and this year – we have the sportsmanship from Uganda.  Watch and enjoy as these young men do it right.  

are you a teammate or just on the team?

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When Marcus Luttrell comes to talk, you listen.  When the man who the movie Lone Survivor was based after talks to you about being on a team, you take notes. There is a difference between being a teammate, and being on a team. Watch as Jac Collinsworth sits down for a great one on one with Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, and visit about the impact that Luttrell left on a recent visit with the ...[Read More]

Joe Schmidt on leadership, followership and team

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Notre Dame senior, Joe Schmidt sat down with Jac Collinsworth to talk about leadership, followership, motivation and his return to the gridiron.  Schmidt in 2014 was the MVP of the Fighting Irish defense, even after missing half of the season with a leg injury.  He has been called too slow, too weak, forever labeled as a walk-on – yet he has persevered.  He has risen above the noise to becom ...[Read More]

when you are green

when you are green

When you are green, you grow.  When you are ripe, you rot.  

The Dash

The Dash

The Dash by Linda Ellis ​I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only ...[Read More]

What is a friend?

What is a friend?

Untitled What is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.  Your soul can be naked with him. He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are. He does not want you to be better or worse. When you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent. You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as i ...[Read More]

Kevin Cassese – My Take on Parents

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but where is the best place to coach? The orphanage Coach Kevin Cassese delivers a great take on setting expectations early with parents and players.  It’s about helping them develop into men and women. You are entrusting me to help your son develop into a man.  If you are calling me about playing time on behalf of your son, he’s not devel ...[Read More]

Kevin Cassese – The Starfish Effect

As coaches we are often asked why we do what we do.  This story of the Starfish Effect is the perfect summation of that WHY.

Kevin Cassese – What We Can’t Do

Too short, not good enough – not enough to stop Lehigh University head coach Kevin Cassese. Your destiny is not controlled by what people tell you that you cannot do.    

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas?  Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains in this great TED Talk. [ted id=2474]

Coaching with Why

Coaching with Why

Why is the greatest question ever.  So what happens when as coaches, we look at the why?  I just spent the season assisting a basketball coach who prefers the three-point-shot over a two pointer.  His logic, you can make a lower percentage and still outscore your opponents.  Three’s and layups only. This video is a great example of football coach Kevin Kelley asking “Why?” and co ...[Read More]

The Truth

The Truth

The truth is not trendy; it remains constant through time and unaffected by opinion or culture. – John Bevere

A coaches impact

A coaches impact

One coach will impact more people in a year, than most people do in a lifetime. If you do not agree with this quote, go and ask someone who impacted their life.  Odds are that they will tell you the name of a coach, or a teacher. If you had a coach who impacted your life, please make sure to let them know.  

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

Dear Ms. Silva, That’s the name of the video, and a great way for us to start our open letter to you and your class.  Our team here at #EDGB followed the story of your amazing students this past season.  Their passion for their education, and their positive classroom community serves as such a great lesson to all of us as to how we should approach life.  Their passion for Notre Dame serves a ...[Read More]

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

[ted id=2325]

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here

The message is simple.  Enjoy those you love while you can.  Be thankful for those that support you and pave the way for your journey, and never take any day for granted.

Tom Coughlin on the Importance of Character

light

As he resigns from the New York Giants, future Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin had a few choice words about the importance of character.   WATCH: Tom Coughlin’s message on the importance of character #ThanksTC #GiantsPride https://t.co/m0WBCoUpn0 — New York Giants (@Giants) January 5, 2016

Dear Stuart Scott

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

[ted id=1728]

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

  From James Naismith himself – his story on how he invented basketball.  This is believed to be the only known audio recording of Naismith.  It is from a January 31, 1939 radio broadcast of “We the People”, hosted by Gabriel Heatter.  It was recently discovered by a professor at the University of Kansas. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237701980R ...[Read More]

The meaning of the National Anthem

The meaning of the National Anthem

Recently, the Virginia Tech Men’s’ Basketball Team got a lesson on our National Anthem.  Well done Coach Buzz Williams, way to build character into your program. Please click the link to view http://www.hokiesports.com/videos/#!/videos/m-baskbl/o3OHdyeDpUtOaxz14Y9rJrRiKKxVfzdP

506 reasons why our world is amazing

Compete like a fourth grader

Compete like a fourth grader

We saw this come across twitter from @JVPIrish and couldn’t wait to share it with our community. Recently a fourth grade class in New York was given an article to read.  After reading the article the students were asked to support one of the two sides and defend their position. The topic:  How trophies are awarded in youth sporting events. We think Silas got it right.  Share your opinion bel ...[Read More]

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

One last look.

When we first met I was just a kid

When we first met I was just a kid

Many people read the poem that Kobe Bryant posted to The Players’s Tribute announcing his retirement.  But those people who were lucky enough to be at the Staples Center that night received a more personal message. When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me in. Some of you didn’t. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today. You gave me confidence to ...[Read More]

Dear Basketball

Dear Basketball

“This season is all I have left to give.” @kobebryant pens a letter to basketball: https://t.co/hu5CUoXHhJpic.twitter.com/1ogKdH7buP — The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) November 29, 2015 Kobe Bryant took to The Players’ Tribune on November 29th to announce that this was his last season.  In a beautifully penned poem to the game that he loves.  It is open and honest, an ...[Read More]

Parent, then Coach

Parent, then Coach

We are officially live – go tell your friends or anyone who loves self improvement – http://t.co/vwxSDMqho5 #edgb — EveryDayGB (@everydayGB) February 16, 2014 When I launched Every Day, Getting Better back in 2013, I launched it as a coach first.  It was for me, after all a resource for coaches first, player’s second.  I had at that time coached for over 18 years.  I had stacks o ...[Read More]

The Lego Letter

The Lego Letter

In the 1970’s Lego sets came with the enclosed letter: To Parents The urge to create is equally strong in all children.  Boys and girls.  It’s imagination that counts.  Not skill.  You build whatever comes into your head, the way you want it.  A bed or a truck.  A doll’s house or a spaceship.  A lot of boys like doll houses.  They’re more human than spaceships.  A lot of gi ...[Read More]

worry that they are always watching

worry that they are always watching

Don’t worry that children never listen to you.  Worry that they are always watching you.

I never lose

I never lose

I never lose.  Either I win or I learn.

Is your time worth it?

Is your time worth it?

Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry? ~ Robert Tew

My Kind of Signing Day

My Kind of Signing Day

The contract is simple, straightforward and to the point. It reads: Fighting Irish Fight for Life National Letter of Intent I, _________, accept the invitation to join the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2015-16 school year.  By signing this agreement I promise to have fun, fight my hardest, stay strong, and, what though the odds be great or small, with my team at Notre Dame we wil ...[Read More]

We are all Pirates

We are all Pirates

After a 55-7 loss in September 2015, the quarterback of the losing team did a remarkable thing.  William Simpson asked to address the winning team.  The loss was pretty brutal, and usually in losses like that, the quarterback is the one who faces the most scrutiny.  So what made this quarterback want to dole out sage advice and not make excuses for his teams performance? “He tells them that this 5 ...[Read More]

I love watching you play

Jon Gordon on Servant Based Leadership

Jon Gordon on Servant Based Leadership

You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on perspective

Jon Gordon on perspective

There is never a bad day, only bad moments. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on the difference between success and failure

Jon Gordon on Leadership

Jon Gordon on Leadership

Leadership is a transfer of purpose, passion, optimism, and belief. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on Sustainable Success

Jon Gordon on Sustainable Success

Want to create sustainable success?  Focus on the ROOT, not the FRUIT. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Jon Gordon on Culture

Jon Gordon on Culture

Culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up. Quotes from: You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith See more from Every Day, Getting Better promotion of this book.

Every Day, Getting Better on Jon Gordon’s team

Every Day, Getting Better on Jon Gordon’s team

A few weeks back Every Day, Getting Better was selected to be part of the Locker Room Launch Team for a new book from Bestselling Author, Jon Gordon (The Energy Bus) and former Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith. The book is titled; You Win in the Locker Room First – The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports and Life. For the next week we are going to highlight p ...[Read More]

Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl

No act of kindness

No act of kindness

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

Braver, Stronger, Smarter

Braver, Stronger, Smarter

“Promise me that you’ll remember, you are BRAVER than youbelieve, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think.” -A.A. Milne

What’s inside you

What’s inside you

Before his passing – Dr. Wayne Dyer shared one last lesson on his facebook page. The lesson was a reflection of a conversation he had with a young man who attended an I Can Do It conference where Dr. Dyer was preparing to speak.   “If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?” Dyer asked him. He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of cou ...[Read More]

good times – bad times

good times – bad times

The good times become great memories. The bad times become great lessons.

Robin Williams on being alone

Robin Williams on being alone

I used to think the worse thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not.  The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.” ~ Robin Williams

go confidently

go confidently

go confidently in the direction of your dreams – live the life you have imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau

In a gentle way

In a gentle way

In a gentle way, you can shake the world ~ Gandhi

When you judge another

When you judge another

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer

Replace fear of the unknown

Replace fear of the unknown

Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.