Pounding the Rock

Coach Nick Saban is one of my favorite football coaches. I heard of a motivational speech that he borrowed from The San Antonio Spurs. Coach Saban encouraged his team to simply “pound the rock”. He described the way a mason commits to hundreds of strikes on a stone before it finally cracks the way he wants it to. The point is that it wasn’t the final strike on the stone that split the rock, but the culmination of each skillful hit that preceded it. Teams that understand this never quit early. They stay on target and they don’t get bored with the mundane tasks which will lead to the masterpiece they all agreed to work toward.

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