“Everyone wants to win on Saturday, but do you want to win 6 months before Saturday, do you want to win 6 days before Saturday.”
“You’re influence is never neutral, go out and make a difference because you either leave a positive or negative impact on everyone you work with each day.”
“You’re never too big to do all the little things that it takes to be great.”
– John O’Sullivan
John is the founder of “Changing the Game Project.” Their mission is to ensure that we return youth sports to our children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’
John is a soccer player and a coach at the youth, high school, and professional levels, the author of two books, Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids and Every Moment Matters: How the World’s Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams
He is the host of the Way of Champions Podcast, and a speaker to many teams and organizations around the world.
In the episode,
- We talk about how the idea for Changing the Game Project
- Creating the right environment by parents for their kids to excel and enjoy sports
- What is most important phrase parents can tell their kids before, during, and after a practice or game
- The difference on the emphasis between competing and winning
- The importance of having a purpose as a coach, more than just wins and losses by creating life long impact
- Deliberate Practice vs Deliberate Play
- Stories of wisdom from the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team, Coach Cindy Timchal from United States Naval Academy Women’s Lacrosse, the San Antonio Spurs, and Coach John Wooden
Enjoy the show.
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