A Tribute to John Wooden

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”  Coach John Wooden

On the soccer fields across the country, mistakes happen every day.  And mistakes do not discriminate against age, gender or ability.  Whether it is a bad pass, poor touch or scoring an own goal, mistakes inevitably happen. Surrounding every field, we hear coaches and parents alike, instructing players (sometimes very loudly) before they have the opportunity to make their own decision.  Pass it!  Boot it!  Shoot!  Play It! Run!

So what is the point of the quote from one of the greatest coaches of all time?  Maybe it is that one of the best ways to learn is through making mistakes.  If we never push our limits.  If we never stretch ourselves.  If we never fail.  If we never make mistakes – then how do we ever really know what we are capable of?

So next time you are on the field, try something new or try and play out of a situation instead of just “booting it”.  You might fail.  You might make a mistake.  You might turn the ball over. But over time, you will feel more comfortable with that specific skill or situation.  And that is exactly the point.  Keep doing and keep making mistakes so that difficult things eventually become easier and you can attack newer challenges.

In summary, do what is more challenging.  Do what does not come naturally.  Doing leads to development.  So every time you are on the field – Remember to be a “doer!”