Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people closest to you”.

For me, that feels frighteningly true.

Makes me want to evaluate everyone close to me. Makes me wonder if some of my friends are looking to cut me off their list.

I was thinking about how to adjust this for basketball coaches.

Perhaps, “You’re coaching philosophy, attitude, and strategy are the average of the five most influential coaches in your life”.

Maybe a bit more wordy than Rohn’s elegant quote, but I think it gets the idea across.

I remember when I first started coaching. All the drills, the defenses, the offensive strategy, even the feel of the gym was almost exactly the same as those who coached me.

I hadn’t analyzed whether that was the best way or not. I just did it. It was comfortable to me.

Looking back, though, I kept some of those handed down Sacred Zombie Cows around for far longer than I should have. They held me backā€¦ and they might be holding you back too.

Now is the time to reevaluate yourself as a coach. Are you doing what’s best for your team? Or, are you doing what you were taught?

And, while you’re at it, take a look at those five coaches who are closest to you. Maybe it’s time to make some cuts. Or, some additions.

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  1. This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I think I originally heard it from Dan John (a great trainer). Once you are cognizant of this phenomena it is very interesting. Still at 30 years old I notice changes based on who I am spending the most time with.

    This is interesting when applying this to a coach with players, would favoritism develop with your 5 starters, because they are the ones you theoretically spend the most time with?

    Very interesting. I think coach’s should just be aware of this concept so they can self reflect to make sure they are truly putting the 5 best players on the floor…

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