Monday, August 18, 2008

Receiving Criticism

I've been reading "The Winner's Manual" by OSU Football coach Jim Tressel. Thus far, it is a pretty interesting read with some great insights as to how he manages over 100 young men in a successful program. Reading the book, I saw that we're both fans of John Wooden. Coach Tressel shares this quote from Wooden:


"Fellows, you're going to receive some criticism. Some of it will be deserved and some of it will be undeserved. Either way, deserved or undeserved, you're not going to like it.

"You're also going to receive some praise on occasion. Some of it will be deserved and some it will be undeserved. Either way, deserved on undeserved, you're going to like it. However, your strength as an individual depends on how you respond to both criticism and praise. If you let either one have any special effect on you, it's going to hurt us."


Ironically enough, I read this on Saturday night, while I was at Black belt camp.
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