Entitlement or Paying Your Dues


This post might be more appropriatefor two old broken down coaches sitting on the front porch of a resthome talking about the good old days, but here goes: You just beingthere and putting in the time are not enough. Goodenough is not good enough if you want to be the best. To be the best atwhat you do requires more that saying you are the best. You must payyou dues. Earn respect. Continue to learn. Never be satisfied. I mustadmit I am baffled by a lot of what I see I see today in the youngergenerations, especially generation Y and X. For some reason thesegenerations seem to have a sense of entitlement. I have heard too manythirty something coaches complaining about the long hours and low pay,the time they must put in the off season, in short all things that arepart of earning your way. Wake up guys and gals pay your dues. Showyour worth. Do not let other people define your jobs, you define them.Do the job better than anyone else. Prove your worth and then and onlythen will you get rewarded both professionally and financially. I askedsomeone the other day why he deserved a pay raise when the team isterrible and underachieving, there are too many injuries. I asked himwhat he had done to make the team better? The response was it is not myfault, then whose is it? It is simple if it is to be it is up to me, myfate is in my hands where it should be. Get up, get out, get goingseize the opportunity and prove your worth and then the rewards willcome.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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