3 of the most important life lessons you can learn from sports


Among the many treasures of sports, there are three specialized courses that spontaneously turn into life. Every successful person I’ve worked with has developed these three concepts.

FQ is more important than IQ
I was leading a basketball clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah when Dale Brown, a former Louisiana State University coach, said, “Your FQ is more important than your IQ.” He then explained that your FQ is your Failure Quotient. How many times have you failed at something and become strong enough to recover?

Pat Riley, president of the NBA’s Niami Heat, wrote, “Success is a one-time wake-up call.” If anything goes on in the sports world, athletes will face failure.


Baseball players need to develop strong FQ’s because failure is a big part of their game. The biggest batsmen failed in seven out of ten bats. They face failure 70% of the time. Basketball players have a similar experience. A player is an outstanding 3-point shooter if he fails 6 out of 10 shooting attempts.

Netball team University of St. Francis I coached for 34 years playing in a tournament in New York against the No. 2 team ranked in the country. They were a great team and they beat us by shooting at the last buzzer.

Our outstanding shooter, who averaged 17 points per game, took 10 shots in the game and failed to make one basket. We were supposed to play another game the next day. Before the game I told him, “If I see you open up and don’t shoot, I’ll take you out of the game. He is our best shooter and will take us to the national tournament at the end of the season. ”… And that’s exactly what he did because he had a strong FQ.


Life can often be a struggle. Most of us will experience personal and / or professional failures. There is a great deal of hardship out there and none of us are released. We have to beat failure in life just as our player did in the stadium. We have to get up. How? Two ways: Read it and put it behind you.

“I have failed many times in my life and that is why I have succeeded.” – Michael Jordan

The ego team
Bill Russell played for the Boston Celtics for 13 years. In 11 of those 13 years, the Celtics won the NBA title. Russel said whenever Celtic players enter the building to practice or play, they leave their egos at the door. But what they have brought is their Team Ego.


They knew they were a talented team and they knew they were playing together. Their Ego team told their opponent that they had better bring a standout game if they were to beat the Celtics, because the Celtics knew they would bring a good game every night.

The essence of athletics is collaboration. John Wooden, UCLA’s basketball coach, taught, “The star’s main ingredient is the whole team.” He was fortunate enough to train many stars and made them believe in his original philosophy team.

Michael Jordan was a star. I saw him play in person at Chicago Stadium and United Center at least 40 during the most important time of the season – the NBA playoffs. He is the best player I have ever seen playing this game.

When you think of Jordan, you think of his scoring ability, but you rarely hear how great he was. He trained harder than anyone in the Bulls; he was their best defensive player, undoubtedly the best defender in the entire NBA; and is the leading man to help in the history of the Bulls. Jordan has set the tone for the Bulls Team Ego!


I have worked with prominent leaders – high school principals and metropolitan presidents. They knew they could not lead alone; they needed to develop a strong team and do two things towards the goal: Surround the right people and give all the credit. They have made a strong Team Ego by taking the case but they are transferring the debt.

Sports is a great platform for developing listening skills. All games start with the basics. All games teach a game plan. Every player needs playing time and that starts and ends with listening. Only by careful listening can the player successfully understand and apply the basics and the system.

One player who does not listen to game planning and game training can damage team play. One player who is not in the right place at the right time leads to broken games.

Classroom teaching and sports instruction are the same, except for one. Teachers and coaches teach their topics in the classroom and their programs in the stadiums and courts. When classroom tests arrive, students should know the topic in order to do well. Athletics Testing Sport.


Players must apply the program that the coach has taught them during the game. However, the opponent will do everything in his power not to allow the party to run their program. It would be like a student performing a human hand test over the course of an ordeal! Players must improve their listening skills if they are going to beat opponents who are applauding them in this match.

Every great leader I have ever worked with was a great listener. They listen with their ears and eyes. Their eyes were fixed on the speaker as they paid close attention to him.

The key point in listening in life is simple: OBEDIENCE IS RESPECTFUL.

“Lack of faith made people afraid to face challenges, and I believed in myself.” – Muhammad Ali

Building a strong FQ, focusing on the ego team, and listening – the best lessons to learn in sports – lead to a successful life.

If these sports and health courses lead to success, you may want to remember John Wooden’s statement: Talent is God-given, so be humble, Honor is given to man, so be thankful, But pride is yours, and you better be careful.




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