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Some life lessons

This morning on my walk I was thinking about what I have learned in my 74 years on this planet. Life has been good to be. There have been up and downs, but mostly I have been able to keep moving forward. Since I have more yesterdays than tomorrows, I find myself reflecting more. Here are my thoughts on life lessons from this morning’s walk.

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Two decades into the new millennium . . . what’s going on?

WARNING – This is not about sports or training. Although it is important to remember that sport does not exist independent of society. If you are looking for a challenge, an opportunity to change your life and the lives of others then read this post. If you want to read another pollyanna post on how the worst is behind us and we will have a happy new year, then stop – don’t read this. I want to challenge you, like I am challenging myself to help make the world a better place by recognizing and acknowledging what must be changed NOW. Not ten years from now, but NOW!

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Words of wisdom and inspiration from the two Bobs

Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, two great social philosophers and poets of the Twentieth century always inspire me with their words of wisdom. These two verses that I heard during my morning walk got my day moving ion the right direction.

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Living and learning: keeping score

I personally have found that keeping score of my life to be helpful. Don’t get me wrong I am not obsessive with this, rather I see it as a tool for occasional use to renew, reset and refocus. How do I keep score? Pretty simple, I use the same performance standards that I was graded when I was playing football in college, probably one of the few positive things I got from that experience.

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Jack Skille Show Season 2, Episode 2: Mike Fisher on finding purpose

Season 2 of the Jack Skille Show continues this week with former NHL star Mike Fisher as a guest. He talks about his decision to retire, finding purpose outside of hockey, transitioning to a new life, and starting his own brand. Read more

The Golden Gate

Saturday morning on my morning walk around Lands End and then through the Golden Gate I saw the bridge and teared up. It looked different than it looked the day before. It had a golden look with the morning sun reflecting off the structure. It again looked like the symbol of freedom and tolerance that represents what the US is about. If you will, the west coast version of the Statue of Liberty that has welcomed millions into this country to pursue the American dream, including my parents 96 years ago. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 215: Throwvallis (with Dave Dumble)

After leading athletes to 24 NCAA titles in 15 years, throws coach Dave Dumble packed up and headed north to take on a new challenge of building a program from scratch at Oregon State University. On this week’s podcast Dumble joins us to talk about the move, what he is building at Corvallis, his coaching philosophy, and more. Read more

Vern Gambetta’s 2018 best books list

Of the 150 books I have read in 2018 these are my selections for the best. It is an eclectic collection reflecting my various interests. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for good reading. This year I did not pick a book of the year. Too many good ones to pick out one book. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 138: Marriage and coaching

Coaching requires passion, but so does a strong family life and balancing the demands of two passions can be quite difficult. Nick is getting married this weekend, so for this week’s episode we decide to explore the topic of marriage and coaching with three of Nick’s mentors and friends: Glenn McAtee, Derek Evely, and Vern Gambetta. They share their thoughts on coaching and marriage, plus their advice to Nick. Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more