Tuesday Tips for the Coaches of Chaos 2

March 08, 2011, 1 a.m. (ET)

Nightstand Book of the week – Seth Godin’s Lynchpin . GO Make something happen is his mantra of sorts….favorite quote of many "Please stop waiting for a map. We reward those who draw maps, not those who follow them." His blog is http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ and well worth the frequent read, as the guy is prolific in ideas and sharing them.

Our favorite talent guide Dan Coyle’s most recent blog on speed first is a great read. Lots of good ideas – sample excerpt I enjoyed: “At one point in his journey, Foer hit a ceiling. No matter what he tried, he couldn’t memorize a deck of cards any faster. He then sought out an expert (who in a parallel familiar to Talent Code readers, turns out to be Dr. Anders Ericsson). The ever-resourceful Ericsson gives Foer some surprising advice: speed up your practice. Force yourself to go too fast. Force yourself to make mistakes. Analyze those mistakes, find your weak points, and fix them.” So is his writing on places of crumminess… So go read it today…www.thetalentcode.com

Carl McGown kindly shared this great read from ESPNSports on Alex Rodriquez and Pete Rose http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=roseandarod

I love this excerpt most of all…. The first question A-Rod asked was, "How'd you get all them hits?" And Rose's ensuing dissertation, alarmingly, had nothing to do with studying videotape.  As a mesmerized A-Rod listened, mouth agape, Rose told him he got 4,256 career hits without watching a single frame of film. He said he never hit off a tee, barely lifted a weight and had an offseason program that consisted of playing full-court basketball. He told A-Rod every game was a "four at-bat war," that he was a "grinder," that he remembered every pitch a pitcher ever threw him. He told him he didn't buy into this notion of "hitting inside the ball or outside the ball," that his only goal was to hit the thing hard someplace.

Japanese Precision Walking – Go about a minute and a half in…then prepare to be astounded and entertained, I sure was….talk about a skill we all know and do raised to a higher level and speed through deliberate practice…

Motor Learning Cartoon? -  Words have little meaning to beginners in motor skill learning….or is this specificity in training?  Http://comics.com/reality_check/2011-03-05/

Till next week…see many of you at Crossroads, my 14ers will be there for the three days of competition and friendships.   Questions and thoughts, send my way at john.kessel@usav.org   Thanks for helping grow the game…