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Meaningful Work

Yesterday we spoke about making the gym experience a meaningful one for the athletes.

It turns out that acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell has something to say about the topic. Being interviewed by Charlie Rose, Gladwell lists the elements that go into meaningful labor. (You can watch it here; the part about labor comes well into the interview.) 

First, it’s autonomous (no one looking over your shoulder; no assembly line mentality.)

Second, it’s complex enough to engage the mind.

Third, it offers a connection between what you put in and what you take out.

This definition helps explain why coaches love what they do. It also can provide a roadmap for making sure the athletes have fun when they walk into the gym.

Of course, not all of their work will be autonomous; you are there providing structure and leadership. But you can make them feel free by giving them FEEDBACK and not CRITICISM.


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