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Tim Kolodziej

March 20, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: Three lessons we can learn from ’Canes’ magical run


NEW CASTLE — “This is just fabulous. Our guys kept fighting and working. This is four years in the making.”

2) Fall in love with the preparation ...

You’ve got to enjoy what you do. You’ve got to relish the hard work.

As the wise philosopher Allen Iverson once said, “We talkin’ ’bout practice, man. Practice.”

New Castle is 30-0 for a reason. New Castle has won 86 of its last 88 games for a reason. New Castle has won three-straight WPIAL titles for a reason.

Hard work. Study. Preparation.

There’s no magic pill. There’s only effort. There’s only a passion and persistence to be a little bit better today than you were yesterday.

Success is constructed brick by brick. It’s a compound effect. Those daily deposits into your talent bank — those “little bits” — pay huge dividends over a season.

In order to refine a skill, repetition after repetition is required. Focused, deliberate practice is a must.

You can’t become great at something unless you absolutely LOVE IT. Think about it. The process — practice, film, walk-throughs, etc. — is 90 percent of a team’s weekly routine. Game time is a very small part of the high school experience.

The truly great teams must fall in love with rehearsal just as much — if not more — than performing under the bright lights with a sea of red-and-black followers cheering you on.

The truly great teams remember there is no “there.”

There is only “here.”

And “here” keeps on moving so we never settle for standing still.

I love how North Carolina soccer coach Anson Dorrance describes it: “The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.”

The ’Canes aren’t heading to Hershey this weekend because they won Tuesday.

They’ve got a chance to be remarkable champions because they’ve discovered joy in what most people find unremarkable — the preparation.

If you want to be great, you’ve got to fall in love with ... THE PREPARATION.

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