Dave Grohl’s Advice For Coaches

I have written before of my appreciation for the eternal wisdom of Dave Grohl. Indeed my life motto is ‘Everyone should love something as much as Dave Grohl loves music’. What I did not know was that Dave actually prepared a list of the 10 most important pieces of advice for coaching*.  I can’t put it any better than him.

1. You Have to Be Great
“If you’re good at what you do, people will recognize that. I really believe it.

2. Figure It Out
“If you’re focused and passionate and driven, you can achieve anything you want in life. I honestly believe that. Because you’ll fuckin’ figure it out.”

3. Chase Your Dreams

4. Don’t Lose Your Personality

5. Experiment

6. Do Your Own Thing
“The most important thing is that whatever you’re doing, it’s a representation of your voice. Whatever it is, the most important thing is that it’s your voice, that it’s coming from you.”

7. Find Balance

8. Just Do It
“There should be no right or wrong. You should be cool with what you do…”

9. Cherish Your Voice
“It’s your voice. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s fucking gone. Because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last.”

10. Love What You Do
“People can talk about the good ol’ days. Well, fuck that, man. This is fuckin’ great! I don’t know how to do anything else. This is it.”

  • He didn’t really. Someone else pieced together a list of 10 important things for success from different interviews he has done and I have (slightly) edited it for coaching.  The article is here and the original video is below.

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Jiro’s Secret Of Success

Apparently success is going to be an ongoing series…

Every so often I have a look at Daniel Pink‘s blog.  A couple of weeks ago I was rewarded by a story about an 85 year old Japanese sushi master, Jiro Ono.  By all accounts he is the greatest sushi chef in the world, and his 10 seat ‘restaurant’ has been rewarded with three Michelin stars (which by definition means that it is worth travelling to that country only to eat at the restaurant).  Pink reviews a documentary made about Jiro describing it as ‘the best 82 minute film on mastery I have ever seen’.  Now I can’t judge whether it is indeed the best such film Daniel Pink has ever seen, but I can now say it is the best I have ever seen.  The movie is called ‘Jiro Dreams Of Sushi‘ and it is a wonderful examination of the pursuit of excellence, and a great film about sushi.

My highlight…

Once you decide on your occupation…
you must immerse yourself in your work.
You have to fall in love with your work.
Never complain about your job.
You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.
That’s the secret of success…
and is the key to being regarded honorably.

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