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The Mistake Most Athletes Make

“If you’re wasting your time or your attention, then start investing it wisely.” — Mitch Thrower, author, The Attention Deficit Workplace

Back in his college days, Rob Gilbert lost a career but gained a story he could tell for life.

Gilbert was studying to be medical doctor, and as part of the training he was required to take organic chemistry. The met class met on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The professor offered the class both at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and Gilbert decided to attend both sessions.

It was a brilliant idea, and he did it all through the semester. There was just one catch — Gilbert didn’t pay attention in either lecture!

Naturally, he failed the course, and never became a medical doctor. He did, however, become a sports psychologist. Now he tells the story as as example of what it takes to achieve greatness.

All the hours in the world won’t produce skill unless those hours are filled with the right focus.

Motivational speaker Ed Agresta says, “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

Legendary coach John Wooden puts it another way: “Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” In other words, just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re getting better.

Coach Tully’s Extra Point: Dr. Rob Gilbert offers a free motivational hotline at (973) 743-4690.


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