So, what do you do if you’re Tom Osborne (the athletic director and former iconic University Of Nebraska Cornhusker football coach), you’re without a mens’ basketball coach, and looking for a coach with a proven history to build a basketball program? You hire someone who has turned around a handful of floundering basketball programs into thriving and nationally competitive teams. And that coach is Tim Miles. Can I hear a Go BiG ReD?
Tim happens to be a FriEnD of mine. We are from the same small town in South Dakota and I’ve been friends with his parents and siblings for years. So when my family vacationed in Colorado around the time he landed his last job at Colorado State University a few years back, we stopped by to say “Hi” and check out his new facilities. As we were catching up on his life and new coaching position, Scott and I asked him if he ever went back to South Dakota to hunt (a popular sport there – the pheasant, after all is South Dakota’s state bird and for good reason. There are tons of them!) or if he was able to do much snow skiing.
Tim’s answer was one I ReMemBer for a very long time. He told us that years ago, one of his basketball coaching mentors told him that he should “Pick one.” Either he should focus on coaching or let the coaching take 2nd fiddle to these other activities. This mentor understood the sacrifice it would take to be successful at the collegiate level. Smart man (and successful too).
If you are frustrated because you don’t feel like you are good at anything (or at least not as good at something as you would like to be) could it be that you are trying to be good at everything? Is it time to StReEmLiNe? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t have it all.
Take a look at the people you AdMiRe who are at the top of their game in any area of life. When you do, chances are you will discover they have embraced the ”Pick One” principle as well. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting to see what works best for you. But to be successful, eventually you have to make a choice and PiCk OnE.
P.S. Thanks for the lesson, Tim.