What I’ve Learned from Pete Carroll

↑ Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman. Photo by Anthony Quintaro.

What I’ve learned from years of watching and listening to Pete Carroll and his players.

Intrinsic motivation beats extrinsic motivation.

Winning is a practice, and the practice of winning requires performing at the highest level, consistently. It involves the whole self.

You need to be great, to be held in high regard by those you respect, to have a chip on your shoulder.

When you dwell in the joy of pushing yourself to perform at a higher and higher level, you appreciate the teammates and opponents who bring it.

You no longer see opponents as enemies, but as opportunities. Winning is not about humiliating the other guy—it’s about accepting the challenge to be your best.

You welcome the challenge.

Win or lose, there is never a finish line.

You practice every worst case scenario until you’re comfortable with all that.

Loss is part of life, heartbreaking loss, yet this too is an opportunity to respond with your best self.

The past is important, but the now is where you take action.

If you’re not going to do your best right now, when are you?

In the knowledge that you don’t have all the answers, you relentlessly seek out those answers, and test and refine them like a scientist over time. Then one day, it looks like you have all the answers.

A good leader develops new leaders and is proud to see them succeed, even when it means they have to move on to lead their own thing.

The best part about winning is sharing the experience with people.

Ultimately, it’s about relationships.

When your mind is in the right place, you have fun.

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