Sunday, February 14, 2010

More from Drive

"Drive" by Daniel H. Pink continues to enthrall us. "As a psychology professor at Stanford University, Carol Dweck has been studying motivation and achievement in children and young adults for nearly forty years, amassing a body of rigorous empirical research that has made her a superstar in contemporary behavioral science." It occurs to us that we coaches and swimmers are very similar in that we are working daily in the field of behavioral science.

See if this doesn't intrigue you........

Dweck says, "Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working toward them."

Pink continues..."Another doctor, one who lacks a Ph.D. but has a plaque in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, put it similarly. "Being a professional," Julius Erving once said, "is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them."

We'll stop there. The best ideas are communicated simply. We think Dr. J said it better than we have ever heard it expressed.

Have a great week! Stay in touch...

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