Deuce Lutui, the best offensive lineman in the National Football League, and a current huge inspiration to so many people for how he has turned his game around so dramatically.
At the beginning of this season he showed up a bit overweight and undermotivated. But that's when this immovable object met up with an irresistible force. That force is someone I've written about in most of my books, the ultimate coach, Steve Hardison.
Hardison has been my own coach for fifteen years. When I met him I'd never written a book and no one was paying money to listen me. He saw something in me (called the other 90% of me that was dormant, unused potential) and called it forth.
Then I, myself, called it forth.
And by the end of 2011 there will be 31 books written. Many of them bestsellers. I've spoken to more than 300 audiences. People read this blog.
So people still ask me at times, Does Coaching Really Work?
Watch Deuce play this year and find out.
And speaking of what football can teach us, I also enjoyed a VERY powerful article in Sports Illustrated about Owen Marecic of Stanford who plays both ways, fullback and linebacker. He is an extraordinary player, and like Deuce, operates from an umnovable commitment to greatness.
Marecic's coach Jim Harbaugh keeps on his office desk one of the several helmets Marecic has cracked while at Stanford. At Harbaugh's request Marecic signed the helmet, along with the words he lives by:
YOU LOSE FOREVER.
Deuce Lutui has simple words he lives by too. It's a place he comes from: TBOLITNFL.
The best offensive lineman in the NFL.
We all live from somewhere. Do we want to declare it or not?