Fail Forward


Friday night I was watching Charlie Rose interview Craig Venter of Human Genome fame. He and his group have just created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. The statement that really got my attention was that 99% of the experiments in the project had failed! 99% I immediately thought that without the lessons learned from those failures the project would never have succeeded. There are many lessons here for us as coaches and teachers. Redefine failure as a learning opportunity. Push the envelope, as Tom Peters says, fail forward. Learn from you mistakes and failures and keep moving in the direction of the goal. Remember to reach the goal it must be crystal clear, you need a fully functioning compass oriented to true north, along with an up to date map to help you stay on course.

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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