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Richard Sherman:"...A Little Further Than Football"

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"We are born into this world to do and act a certain way.   We actually have a...universal right to "be ourselves"...from The Tao of Public Service

    

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  A Critical Moment

Something very important happened the other day, almost without notice that--as Richard Sherman says--goes much further than football.     

In response to Richard Sherman's alleged rant, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wrote an article about Coach Pete Carroll's response.   In the article he wrote:

Carroll said he talked to Sherman on Monday, and that Sherman "didn't feel right" about the way he presented himself and for taking away from the teams performance.    

"I told them this weekend, we don't let them be themselves, we celebrate them being themselves, and we cheerlead for them to be themselves," Carroll said. "And we try to bring out the very best that they have to offer""

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The Secret of Success

 

This excerpt from Coach Carroll's larger comment reveals him to be a disciple of Coach John Wooden, who is often quoted as saying:

True Success can be attained only...in knowing that you did everything within the limits of your ability to become the very best that you are capable of becoming... 

 

Many people do not realize that this is the true secret of success.   When Coach Carroll emphasizes this, in his efforts to help Richard Sherman become a better person, he is articulating a view of life that has crucial importance beyond football for every single individual.

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I am a Snohomish County Superior Court Judge.   There are many superior court judges throughout our state.   Everyday, in our jobs, we deal with the tragic results of our failure, as a society, to teach these ideas.   Over and over, we fail to encourage, "celebrate," and "cheerlead" for our kids to understand, in their lives, the need to strive to become their best selves.  

Beyond Football

 

Coaches Carroll and Wooden apply this life view in the context of competitive sports.   However, we all need growth, progress, and success. And many of us fear that success is achievable only through some sort of competitive struggle, compelled by a competitive world. But there is another way.

 

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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)
 

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