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The Importance of Humility in Coaching

Humble people seek knowledge because they are perpetual learners and realize that they don’t have all the answers. They glean knowledge from the experiences of others and crave more opportunities to learn.

13 Habits of Humble People

Everyone has to start somewhere as a coach and usually it’s at the bottom, despite what you may think of your own coaching skills.  The reality is, great coaches aren’t usually born, they are made.  If you’re stepping onto the football field as an assistant or head coach for the first time, there’s a high likelihood that you don’t really know what you’re doing.  The guys who think they have it all figured out, usually don’t.  If you think you have a mastery of coaching, you’re doing yourself and the players you coach a disservice…because you’re probably not looking at yourself and your skills with the critical thought necessary to improve, evolve and become an exceptional coach.  Nearly every other coach you encounter will be able to teach you something…whether it’s what to do or what not to do.  Whether it’s something about yourself or the team you’re coaching…there’s always something to learn

Does any player or coach, reach their highest potential on their own?  Without learning from others?  Without looking at their weaknesses and improving?

Throughout my own life, I’ve rarely thought very highly of myself, my skills, my abilities.  I’ve found this to be quite beneficial because it’s kept me with the feeling of always needing to learn, work and improve.  I often imagine my competition thinking they are at the top of their game, when an opportunity arises for them to learn something to improve, they decline – because they think they are the best…and even if they are in that moment, they won’t remain the best when they maintain the status quo.

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