On Being Average


I am reading Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin (Really thought provoking so far), he got me thinking of how hard people work at being average. It caused me to reflect on people and situations I have seen throughout my career. He is absolutely correct; people that are average, into job preservation really do work at it. They avoid risk and conflict for fear that someone will notice them. They talk more about being excellent than any of the champions I have been around and do more to avoid being the best. People told me you could not win at Cal and we did, we set out with a plan and executed it. Meanwhile the other coaches were sitting around talking about how hard it was going to be to win and we were doing it. It was not easy and it made a lot of people uncomfortable. The same with baseball, I was told in 1987 that I could not do the things that I was proposing to do. We did it and got the players healthy and better. There are still people in baseball trying to figure it out, spending countless hours and millions of dollars to no avail. They accept the status and work hard to maintain it. I am not interested in being average and I assume you are not or you probably would not be reading this blog. Avoid trying to fit in and be a cog in the wheel, be exceptional, outspoken if necessary. Take some risks and try new things. It is much easier, more fun and challenging. Lead don’t follow. Above all you will be true to yourself.

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.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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