As you may know, Coach Pete Carroll spoke to USC students last week on the Win Forever / Always Compete philosophy. The above video is his closing message to the students, filled with great quote bites. Below are some of the inspiring quotes from Coach Carroll that can relate to each and everyone of you–with the sole purpose of maximizing your potential.
“If you’re coaching and teaching, you got to keep coming back to the things that are really important.”
“Nobody controls what’s going to happen for you. You have the power to absolutely control where you’re going and what you’re doing. If I can get that across to you, you’ll be able to become all what you’re capable of … Read More
Chris Erskine of the Los Angeles Times published a piece Wednesday evening that dove into Coach Pete Carroll’s secrets to success. And secrets that help not only on the football field, but also in the classroom–and even boardroom.
Erskine sat in on a class last week led by Jaime Davern and Dr. Michael Gervais to USC Marshall MBA students.
Some of the key points we took away from the article include:
“Instead of fear, he bases performance on building confidence. To do that, he advocates identifying who you are as an individual, then maximizing your unique skill set. He espouses thoughtfulness with energy — in equal parts, one bolstering the other.”
This is not new to the loyal WinForever follower. … Read More
We heard some exciting news this week with the initial preview of ‘Unbroken,’ the amazing story of former Olympic track star, Louis Zamperini who survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, spent 47 days drifting on a raft and then more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.
In one of the more fascinating stories you will hear in your lifetime, Zamperini’s competitive fire kept him alive through unbelievable tests of character.
The movie is due out on Christmas Day of this year, so as you await for the flick, you can fill your time recounting highlights and articles we’ve provided all you competitors with in recent … Read More
Below are a couple articles that validate the importance of having a philosophy and sticking to it.
In this NBCSports.com article, Troy Aikman said he was impressed with that the Seahawks developed a plan and stuck to it–the reason they are now Super Bowl champions.
“I think with winning organizations there are processes that are in place and there is a way to do things, a philosophy, a belief that you have and everything is built around that,” Aikman said.
On the other hand, Aikman said, his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, lack that uniform belief. “The Cowboys tend to change their beliefs each year on what it is they need or what they’re about. I find that to … Read More
If you haven’t heard, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl this past Sunday. It was the culmination of years of putting together a roster that believed in the WinForever philosophy.
Below are a few great articles that focus on the WinForever philosophy as a key to Coach Carroll’s success:
“He just tells you every week is a championship opportunity, every week is a championship game,” Richard Sherman said of Coach Carroll. ”So when you make it to a championship game, the moment isn’t any different. He doesn’t give a ‘rah-rah’ speech for a Super Bowl. He doesn’t give a ‘rah-rah’ speech for … Read More
The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone published a piece on Saturday praising the coaching style of Coach Pete Carroll.
Stone points out the impact of the copycat league that is the NFL. “In that light, I can see a new trend a brewin’, right in our own backyard,” Stone writes. “Call it Pete positivity, or perhaps Carroll charisma.”
Going through the coaching ranks in Carroll’s younger years, his positivity was seen as crazy, and was even yelled at by other assistants on staff. That has since changed as he’s had his opportunities to be head coach. Carroll stuck with this philosophy and perfected it through his various college and NFL stops, as Stone says. “It didn’t exactly revolutionize the NFL … Read More
As the Seahawks are preparing for one final game this season, Jim Trotter of SI/MMQB wrote an excellent piece on ‘The Power of Positive Coaching,’ an attribute that Coach Pete Carroll has instituted in the NFL.
As we at WinForever know, for Coach Carroll, Sunday’s NFC championship win over the San Francisco 49ers was about proving himself right, rather than proving anyone wrong, as Trotter states. “It was about affirming that his coaching tenets—the relentless competitiveness, the constant quest to identify and maximize the uniqueness of every player and coach, the commitment to a nurturing environment that allows people to be themselves while still being accountable to the team—could work on any level, including the NFL.”
After two … Read More
While the Seattle Seahawks prepare for the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the Seahawks athletes jumped on the mic for press conferences.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had some great quotes he shared with the media on how they approach games, especially like ones of this magnitude.
But, don’t tell Baldwin this game is big. He wouldn’t know–nor would the rest of his fellow Seahawks. Baldwin says it’s cliche, but his Seahawks actually take the ‘one game at a time’ approach during the regular season and a postseason run.
“For us, it’s just another game, another opportunity for us to play Seahawks football,” Baldwin said. “We’re not looking at it in the grand schemes of … Read More
As the Seattle Seahawks are set to host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional round on Saturday afternoon, Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Coach Pete Carroll can write the final chapter of his reinvention tale this postseason.
Brewer writes that “it’s easy to go from irrelevant to competitive in the NFL. But irrelevant to excellent? That’s a more arduous task than advertised.”
That’s something Carroll and his staff have been able to do with the Seahawks in just a few years. Impressive.
Four years after Carroll inherited a team that was, as Brewer puts it, “desperate for an edge,” the college football coaching legend has the chance to eliminate the perception that he couldn’t… 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
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