Here’s a quote for all the kids that play soccer all over the world.
“If you are not making mistakes, you are not going to improve.”
Mistakes, bad passes and even shots that go astray are our friends, our partners in the game. Not only are they necessary but they are vital to your development.
Mistakes are not to be avoided; they are a part of the game.
It may take some getting used to.
After all, mistakes have a bad rap and nobody likes making them. But fortunately for the kids of the world game, there are no Olympic judges watching them. There is no row of ugly, stern faced judges throwing up low scores every time you make a mistake.
Soccer parents all over the world need to start a revolution to celebrate the improvements that come from making mistakes.
No “mistakes” is equal to no improvements.
When I suggest making mistakes, I want you to take risks, show flair and play out of your comfort zone where mistakes are inevitable.
I’d like to leave you with some wisdom from my friend Thomas Edison,
“Of course, there are times when accuracy is essential and when a mistake does create a serious problem. Brain surgery and missile defense come to mind. However 99.9% of the time, a mistake is just an unanticipated outcome giving us information. That’s good!”
Here’s my attempt at some wisdom,
“Soccer kids should become like turtles. Turtles make progress only when they stick their necks out. All kids need to develop this habit and play outside of their comfort zone.”
“May the winds of destiny blow you to the stars.”