Success Is Measured Between the Lines

Growing up, I often heard from my parents, teachers, and coaches, that I could be anything that I wanted to be, that success was within my grasp if I put my mind to it, worked and studied hard. “THINK BIG,” they said. I could be an accountant, lawyer, CEO, doctor, pilot, professional football player (my idea), ________ (you fill in the blank).

Magazines, newspapers, radio and television screamed out and reinforced the idea that to be successful I had to own a big home, live in the best neighbourhood, drive a big car(s), eat at the best restaurants, join the best clubs, have season tickets to the theatre, travel to exotic climates.

Although I did not really think about it at the time, this philosophy, this idea that success was a destination that came with a box full of toys, trappings really, was hammered into my head as a young man and I bought it, “hook line and sinker.” So, of course when I did not become any one of those aforementioned professionals or acquire any of those trappings, I pretty much considered myself an underachiever, and to some extent, even a failure. Come to think about it, I bet I was in very good company with a whole lot of other so-called underachieving baby boomers. However, knowing that didn’t really seem to help. My self-esteem took a huge hit!

The Life of a Football Coach

Enter football, the great ราคาต่อรองบอล ufabet teacher.

Given my earlier education and life experiences, it was fitting that when I began my long journey as an amateur football coach in 1973, I had been taught and understood that my success as a coach would be measured by the number of games I won versus lost. If I was really good and won a championship, I would be considered truly successful by my football peers and the community at large. What was lost on me at the time was that the vast majority of coaches do not win championships – some even lose more games than they win. Does that mean they are failures? I never considered the question.

At the time, it didn’t help either, that inside the amateur football fraternity, success continued to be defined by wins. The only good information available had to do with the technical aspects of the game. So I looked to the pros and what did I get? “Vince.”

What Vince Had to Say