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How to Win

Inspiring Your Players

“To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.” — Tom Robbins 

What is the most important job of a coach?

Some people would say to teach.

Others would say to motivate.

But there is a third job, one that goes with other two: to inspire.

A great coach can help a athlete see the world as a fundamentally different place, a place where the possibilities are unlimited, where mistakes are forgiven, and where one person can make a difference.

Tommy Lasorda, legendary manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, brought the gift of inspiration to his work every day. He made the baseball park a special place. He said, “I bleed Dodger blue. He referred to God as the Great Dodger in the Sky.

For Tommy Lasorda and his players, baseball was not just a job or even a hobby. It was a way of life.

He said, “Guys ask me, don’t I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?”

As a tactician, Lasorda was probably only average. But he made all of his players better with his ability to inspire.


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