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Week of 1/22/23 Reflection Questions

1 - JJ Reddick | Surviving the Pit

2 - Justin Herbert | Know Your Priorities

3 - Steve Kerr | I Quit Twitter

4 - Dawn Staley | The Biggest Difference is the Parents

5 - Billy Donovan | Who Did You Play For?

6 - JJ Reddick | My Off-Seasons


We all have dreams, but what do you do when you achieve those dreams and adversity hits?

JJ Reddick was a college basketball legend. He said he dreamed of playing basketball at Duke, but when he go there, he realized how hard it would be to stay and find success. Making the transition from being a high school athlete to a college athlete is hard!

We all have dreams, but we don’t see all the 'shit' that goes with them until we are in it (and in the pit).


1 - What is the 'other stuff' that you have to deal with to live out your dream?

2 - How do you develop the ego structure, confidence, and security to manage the 'other stuff?'

3 - Do you have a coach, mentor, or person to help pull you out of the pit?

4 - Who needs you? Who needs you to pull them out of the pit?


HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK: How do you manage being a quarterback while knowing and keeping your self-image and worth?

NFL QUARTERBACK, JUSTIN HERBERT: Keep your priorities straight and listen to who is important: family, coaches, and teammates. If it doesn't come from them, don't pay attention to it; everything else is a distraction.

Discussion Questions

1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Who is in your inner circle? Who's thoughts and opinions do you value the most?

3 - Whose voice distracts you? Social media/fake friends/opponents?


In an interview, NBA championship coach Steve Kerr said he quit Twitter. He said:

"Athletes today have it harder than we ever had it, by far. I walk into the locker room at half-time, and every guy is on his phone. You have all that judgment and criticism at your fingertips, and I don't know how to survive in that bubble with all that criticism, judgment, and anger coming at you all the time and still be able to function and play at a high level."

He then said he quit Twitter because of one of the rookies on his team. The rookie was having a difficult year, and he was reading a lot of negative comments on Twitter. They decided to quit together, and Kerr said, "I realized that I don't need this and this is much healthier."


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What is your biggest distractor or barrier to success?

3 - What is your biggest source of negativity? Would you be willing to give up for peace of mind and more focus?

4 - What is your biggest source of positivity? How can you get more of it?


NCAA Championship basketball coach Dawn Staley was asked, "What is the biggest difference between what the modern athlete has to deal with versus when you were an athlete?"

She said the biggest difference is the parents:

"When I first got into coaching, I was younger than most of my parents, and now that I am 22 years into the game, I am older than most of my coaching. Parents are super invested, which is great because they love their kids, and they want a return on that investment because they put a lot of money into their children. For parents, it's like they put their money in the stock market, and they are watching it every day. That can be a detriment because they watch it go up and down like they are on an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes you have to sit back and let it grow.
And they love their children so much that they don't want their children to hurt or be uncomfortable, and that is probably the very thing that hurts their children the most. In order for you to really grow and be successful, you have to hurt, you have to be uncomfortable, and you have to find fuel in life. Usually, your fuel is when you haven't done your very best and it fuels you to continue to work on doing your best, being your best, and navigating through a society that is pulling at you."


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What do you think the biggest difference is between what the modern athlete has to deal with versus what you have to deal with?

3 - Do you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster?

4 - Do you look at the investment that you have put into your kids like money in the stock market? Do you watch to see if you are getting a return on your investment?


Billy Donovan won multiple championships and as the men's basketball coach at the University of Florida. He was known for getting the most out of his athletes

Here is what he said about how we are measured as coaches:

"At the end of the day as coaches, we are measured on how our players talk. When your players have their own children, and they ask, "Who did you play for, and what were they like?" what they say about you is your legacy and what carries on.
The winning is all great, but at the end of the day, it really has a lot more to do with how your players talk about you when you are gone."


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - How do you measure your success as a coach?

3 - What do you want your players to say about you when you are gone?

4 - What is more important: How many games do you win, or how do your players talk about you?


JJ Reddick had a solid, 13-year career in the NBA. He was an elite shooter, but he was never the biggest, strongest, or fastest. Reddick was a hard worker whose off-seasons were harder than the season.

He said:

My off-seasons were harder than the seasons. My off-seasons were 6 days a week, 2 or 3 workouts a day, Saturdays off, and Sundays making 342 shots exactly every Sunday. There are 7 spots on the floor, so 20 spot 2s, 20 spot 3s, 3 dribbles going right, 3 dribbles going left, plus 20 free throws. I loved the process, and I loved everything that went into it.


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - How does your off-season work compare to JJ's?

3 - Knowing this, what changes will you make to your off-season work?

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