Did I get your attention yet? I found this article on the Internet while googling for Character Education lessons. I thought this would be good fodder for discussion. I'm not going to put my own imprint on this. I'm pasting directly from the website that I found it on. The author of the article along with his sources are at the end of the article.
I'm leaving it up to you, the FanNation Community to give your input on this article. Does it hold water, or is it bunk. Beware though. I know that many of you already have your mind set and are going to spit flaming comments below before you even read word one of the article. Read it first, let it marinate in your mind, then comment. Remember what a very wise man said many years ago, "He who has ears to hear, let him listen."
Patriots Coach Shows Patience
In the 2005 Super Bowl, head coach Bill Belichick led his New England Patriots to win their third Super Bowl in four years, a record that's never been equaled by another coach. His record of postseason wins beats Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach after whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.
From 2001 to 2005 he's been recognized for his coaching genius with award after award, including two honorary doctorates, Coach of the Year (Sports Illustrated), 100 Most Powerful & Influential People (Time Magazine), NFL Coach of the Year (Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, The Sporting News, NFL.com, Terry Bradshaw) AFC Coach of the Year (USA Today).
But notice, those awards were from 2001 to 2005. Before 2001, Belichick wasn't looking so good. Were it not for Belichick's patience, he might have quit years ago. You see, he wasn't always a winning head coach. In his last job as head coach, the only other team he'd served as head coach, he led the Cleveland Browns to four, pitiful, losing seasons (more games lost than won) out of his five seasons with them. No wonder he was fired. And no wonder many Patriot fans couldn't believe their ears when they heard that this recently fired coach had been hired as their head coach. His first year with the Patriots seemed to confirm their fears. They won 5 games and lost 11.
Here's how one columnist described him at the time:
"While Belichick is a terrific defensive coordinator, he was a miserable head coach in Cleveland and is too unpredictable. Players want consistency from a coach and they aren't likely to get it from the man one former colleague calls "paranoid and schizophrenic." (Sept., 2000, Football Digest)
Imagine that you were Belichick in the year 2000. Imagine that your recent history was marked by such defeat as a head coach. Imagine you'd been thoroughly humbled in Cleveland by being fired, probably accompanied by a sigh of relief from many players and fans. Wouldn't you have been tempted to quit?
Patriot fans are now glad he had the patience and fortitude to learn from his past mistakes and keep coaching, despite the criticism. Following his failures, his next seasons would make him a legend in football, and his team a dynasty. But coach Belichick couldn't have succeeded without patience.
Has your "last season" or "last four seasons," consisted of failure after failure? Whether your failures have been in academics, sports, or relationships, don't give up too soon. If you give up, you might just miss out on your greatest season ever. This week, let's work on our patience. It just might be a key to our success.
1) How did patience pay off for coach Belichick?
2) Why do you think he hung in there rather than quit?
3) How can patience help us? (Enduring friendships, hang in there during difficult classes, not get discouraged when we fail at a sport or vocation.)
4) What can we do to be more patient this week?
Other Life Lessons from Coach Belichick
1 - Find something you love. Belichick's fascination with football strategy started when, as a five-year-old, his coach/dad couldn't keep him from analyzing football films. As high schoolers, Belichick and fellow-student Ernie would create football plays and strategies. When you're interested in something, it's much easier to excel. Try different things to see what you enjoy. Take vocational inventories to home in on your interests and talents. Caution: Your interests may change and new talents may emerge over time; so be flexible!
2 - Never stop learning. Belichick has an extensive library of football books that he adds to as often as he can. It's said to be one of the largest personal collections of such books in existence. Besides learning from books, he also learns from his teammates, listening to their ideas.
"The best thing about Bill is if you have an idea, he's always willing to listen if you have some reason and fact behind it," defensive-backs coach Eric Mangini says. "He is completely open-minded to your ideas."
He learned personally from mentors, watching legendary coach Paul Brown conduct Summer training. Finally, he learns from his mistakes. Following his dismal time coaching the Browns, he made a lot of changes in the way he related to the team and his associates. Many can hardly believe he's the same man. If people in mid-life can change, so can you!
3 - Gather a team. In America, we too often hold up the "self-made man" as an ideal. Most, if not all successful people, gather sharp people around themselves. If you watch Belichick on the sidelines for long, you'll see someone occasionally walk up and whisper something in his ear. That would be Ernie Adams, the guy he made up plays with in high school. Ernie and Belichick's other staff can see things that Belichick misses. In fact, Belichick is known for deflecting the emphasis from himself and putting the spotlight on THE TEAM. He's known, not for recruiting superstars, but recruiting smart team players. Then, he listens to them.
4 - Give back to the Community. Wherever Coach Belichick and his wife live, they start a foundation to help others in the community. It's not enough to be successful in a career. Give back to others. It makes life so much more rewarding.