A Personal Manifesto


I have just finished a physically exhausting but very mentally rewarding stretch of work where I have been fortunate to interact and exchange ideas with a wide range of professionals in the area of athletic development, rehabilitation and sport coaching. As I spent the last week reflecting on the last three months- What I saw and what I learned, I came back to something I wrote in one my first blogs in 2005, it is my personal manifesto. I thought I would share an expanded and updated version it to provide you with an understanding of where I am coming from and frame my ideas:

  • Innovate- Lead do not follow. Look at old ideas and concepts with new eyes. Operate on the edge, constantly search for a better way.
  • Educate- Share ideas and be a sustained positive influence on how those I teach think act and feel.
  • Change the World- Lofty but each of us have the responsibility to make our own world better. I define the world as my world, what I can directly control and directly influence.
  • Define the Field of Athletic Development- Athletic Development is coaching and coaching is teaching.
  • Values Driven- Never compromise values for money or fame
  • Define Myself- Do not let others define me. Stay true to my beliefs and myself. Keep the compass oriented to true north and make sure the compass is working.
  • Know what you know- Do not try to be something you are not. A corollary to this and in some ways more important is to know what you don’t know.
  • Know History – Honor and respect people and events that have opened the doors for you and have blazed the path you walk. Recognize that you stand on the shoulders of giants.
  • Enjoy the ride- Take some time to reflect and be absorbed in the process. Take one step at a time. Enjoy success and learn from failure.
  • Collaborate- Find people who are willing to share, to challenge your ideas and who have been there before.
  • Know your destination- Make sure there is a there, there.

Finally I will end with a quote from Martha Graham: ” Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

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