I was emptying some files the other day and came across a few quotable moments from Will Rogers that I saved. I’ve always admired Will Rogers. Who can’t admire a man that jokes about his epitaph? Rogers said, “When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: ‘I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn’t like.’ I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.”
As I was reading through my collection, I began wondering what a man like Will Rogers would be telling contemporary coaches. Here are a few thoughts that I found.
Why coaches should not offer advice:
WR: “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
Why coaches should not feel slighted by a client’s attitude:
WR: “If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ someone else’s dog around.”
Why the capacity to celebrate is important to a coach:
WR: “When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.”
Why goal setting is important.
WR: “Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.”
WR: “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
WR: “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Feel free to share witticisms that you’ve found.