Pearls of Wisdom .....

December 07, 2012 by Angela Coon

 

 Pearls of Wisdom ....

 ( ...we take from making the most out of what we already have ).

 

I read a blog the other day and laughed at comments regarding coach Charlie Francis's disorganized lecture style.  I smiled when the same person commented about Francis focusing a great deal on his most accomplished athlete. 

 

Francis was disorganized and typically his focus was on his superstar athlete to illustrate his work.  Francis was capitalizing on what he had. 

 

A recent blog I wrote on Complete Speed Training. It talks about this idea of taking advantage of what we already have.   Francis was a master at practicing what he wanted to perfect. 

 

Francis coached me for the duration of my adult athletic career and he embedded this lesson into our daily belief system with laser focus. 

 

Francis's disorganized style was part of who he was. It was part of what made him one of the very best at developing speed in athletes or anyone interested in trying to get faster. 

 

I recently learned about the Silicon Valley companies who will only hire people who have autism or Aspergers disease. Why? These people have a narrow focus and ignore almost all other things in the face of solving a problem.  A trait we might all benefit from when we want to accomplish a specific goal (as in athletics).

 

Francis knew how to focus....and while sometimes the other parts of life become unorganized as a consequence of this valuable trait, attaining focus is challenging to achieve.

 

I set out in this blog to write about the tremendous support Charlie received from a select group of coaches throughout his professional life.  These coaches and some former athletes knew the ropes better than anyone. What is interesting to me is all they were doing was making the most out of what they had as well.

I hope this idea helps others the way it has guided me....

AC

Comments

PJ

PJ said:

“Francis knew how to focus….and while sometimes the other parts of life become unorganized as a consequence of this valuable trait, attaining focus is challenging to achieve.”

Well life is a balance, you always get something off something else. Charlie used to say coaching is not about what you see, rather what you don’t see. Meaning that the key is the ability to abstract everything else but the focus.

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