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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Intentional, Structured and Disciplined

I had lunch with a successful college football coach this week. He had a lot of insight into the lives of young men both the pros and the cons.

One of the cons that really struck me was this.

"Lou, I have 110 kids in my football program. They come from 100 different high schools. Out of all those kids ... I would say somewhere between 8-10 know how to lead. I know some of this falls on me as well because my Seniors are not much better."

I asked him what he thought the root cause was and he used a word that another coach wrote about recently ... "Passivity."

"These boys arrive on campus and we almost literally have to hold their hand to do everything. They simply won't take the initiative. We all need to do a better job, myself included, of teaching these boys to become men. At 18 a boy should be a man ..."

Coaches, let's resolve to be more and more intentional, structured and disciplined in teaching our boys to conquer the parasite of passivity.

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