June 2020 - 12

IRON SHARPENS IRON
built for
OTHERS
By Ken Mannie, columnist
I recently spoke to Coach and Athletic Director's
managing editor, Wesley Sykes, about implementing
this short, but hopefully impactful column - one that
has the purpose of inspiring and motivating. Here is the
first installment; I hope it brings those intrinsic and vital
components of coaching to all of you.
The concept of being " built for others " is the
underpinning of what coaching is all about. You may
have been asked in a job interview to explain your " why "
for being a coach, and many of you probably answered
something to the effect that you love working with and
being a positive influence on young people.
That's being built for others. It is the true essence of
coaching. Without it, you won't amount to much in the
coaching profession, because it will be transparent, and
you'll never earn the trust of your athletes.
During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic
we've been experiencing, we are seeing truly heroic
examples of people who are built for others. Those in
the trenches of the entire medical field who put their
lives at risk every single day for the welfare of the people
in their communities, the supply chain workers who fill
the supermarkets with food and other essentials, and
certainly those
who work in those
stores and outlets
to make sure we
all have what we
need to survive.
The charitable
organizations who
reach out to those who cannot comply with stay at home
orders, because they are homeless.
All we need do is point to these stalwarts of servantleadership
for guidance and direction on how to be built
for others. Look in the eyes behind their masks - you will
see it shining through.
For the 45 years I coached, I had a sign above my office
desk - a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King: " Life's most
persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for
others? " I would peer at it every morning for inspiration
and to help me answer my personal 'why.'
Life will return to normal at some point; hopefully
sooner than later. I'm sure you've been in contact with
your athletes remotely during this crisis, and that is
so important on many levels - mostly from a mental
standpoint. We all need personal interaction, regardless
of the delivery system. When we can get back to the
playing fields, gyms, and weight rooms to craft our skills,
something tells me we will all come back with renewed
courage, character, heart, and spirit!
Until then, continue to be built for others in every phase
of your life. It projects a growth mindset that lifts everyone
to new heights.
Stay strong, stay in the fight, and keep making an impact
on young people!
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