“I’ve learned that if you want to WinForever, Always Compete,” Jake Olson said in the opening line of Saturday’s ESPN College GameDay feature. “You’re either competing or you’re not.”
If you have followed the WinForever program–or Pete Carroll–during the last several years, chances are you remember the Jake Olson story.
When Jake was 10 months old, he lost his left eye to cancer. Four years, ago, Jake Olson had to have surgery–which would remove his right eye. It brought people to tears. Then, Pete Carroll brought Jake into his USC program–providing lifelong bonds with coaches and players. But it became even more inspiration to the players, including center Kristofer O’Dowd and quarterback Matt Barkley. He was greatly involved with the … Read More
We ran across this article in Bleacher Report, an interview with Seattle Seahawks wideout Golden Tate. Within the article, Michael Schottey listed many quotes that line up to Coach Carroll’s WinForever philosophy.
One of our favorites that Tate insisted on telling Schottey was, “control what you can control.” So many times in our lives—not just sports, but in daily life—do we get caught up in things we can’t control. Something that Coach Carroll has always preached is that you can’t worry about that. It causes anxiety that you don’t deserve. If you control what you can control, then that’s all what you can ask of yourself.
This philosophy, like Schottey explains, is a “better way to … Read More
We always love hearing stories and triumphs of other competitor’s journeys! This week, we received a highly inspirational email from Dan R.
Please take a few minutes to learn how impactful WinForever has been on Dan’s life.
“Here is a little update on my progress… I can’t begin to articulate through words, the sense of joy, hope and renewed direction that I am experiencing as I work through the Win Forever Program. I didn’t expect that this would turn out to be a life changer for me when I downloaded Win Forever onto my Kindle. I liked the book so much that I wanted to reinforce what I was learning, so I bought the Audible.com version and I have been … Read More
From Sherman: “When you play at a high level, a game has nothing to do with the opponent; it has everything to do with us. That’s what makes us different, and that’s what makes playing in the NFL special.
“That’s the way we look … Read More
Another profile has emerged as we all prepare for an exciting Sunday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
This one, coming from Joe Posnanski of NBCSports.com, focuses on Coach Carroll’s WinForever philosophy, specifically the WinForever pyramid that we demonstrate often.
The NFL hadn’t seen a coach like Carroll before. The difference between the ‘Belichicks’ and Carroll are 180 degrees.
As the story goes, Carroll went to develop the WinForever pyramid after he was fired in New England and before he was hired as the new head coach at USC. As Carroll says, he “needed those challenges to bring forth my truths, soon to be revealed.”
Clearly, the central theme of the pyramid is Competition.… Read More
Upstart Business Journal has come out with a very intriguing story, focusing on Coach Carroll. In this article, Upstart Business Journal highlights the fact that Coach has taken a below-average Seattle Seahawks team and turned it into a Super Bowl contender within just a few years.
His leadership style, the journal notes, can be applied to a startup and to leading a company. There is a lot to like, including the three lessons that can be transferred from the football field to the board room. See for yourself, with the following taken from the article:
Pete inspires his team and his program to “do it better” than ever before. He … Read More
This is Lakeside School’s Cole Stephens.
WinForever Ambassador and Northwest Elite Index’s Scott Enyeart says of Cole Stephens: “He doesn’t look like your typical football player. He looks more like a guy who will be signing your paycheck someday as the CEO of a major corporation. But, in reality, looks can be deceiving, because while Seattle (Wash.) Lakeside School RB/WR/DB Cole Stephens may not “look the part” to some people, the minute he steps on a football field, that all changes.
“You see, the 5-foot-9, 150-pound Stephens wasn’t allowed to play football until the 9th grade. He says his parents thought football was too dangerous, and were worried about his size.”
The following is an essay that Cole wrote … Read More
How about this for some Monday Motivation?
As Henry Ford puts it, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” We understand the importance of getting one’s mind right for any task or challenge, and urge to think positively when encountering difficulties.
In our worlds, there’s a power of vision that enables one to focus. What you focus on, you draw to yourself. That also goes into our thought process of concentrating on only the things you can control and turning everything into a positive.
Look at this week ahead and decide what you can accomplish. Then, go out and get it done.
We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of ourselves, but we can only … Read More
There’s no other decision we need to make other than the fact it’s our choice to dominate this day.
From the time we wake up until we go to sleep at night, all the choices we make contribute to who we are and what we create. Why not give 100% and perform to the best of our abilities?
And, like we preach every day, it’s not about beating the guy next to you. It’s about competing against yourself–being better than you were yesterday.
What do you say? I say it’s time to compete.
Today we unveil the second part of questions from this week’s #AskCoach segment with Coach Carroll. We prompted all you to ask questions regarding coaching and leadership and got an even greater response than anticipated.
Coach Carroll enjoyed all of these and had some great answers. He talked about the central theme of his philosophy–competition–and how it keep players hungry day in and day out. Players need to know they are going into battle every day. To sustain success, which is what it’s all about, Carroll says one needs humility.
Take a look at the following videos for great insight in how to be a a great coach and an even better competitor.
Let’s do another #AskCoach! Taking
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