Trust the Quality
The wisdom of Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie is unparalleled.
One of the many gems expounded by the wise sansei is the following: "Trust the quality of what you know, not quantity."
And this sentiment relates to coaching, athletics, and competition.
Discovering, learning, and refining the quality of any practice is difficult work. It takes a commitment to craft and enforcement of high standards to cultivate supreme quality.
But that is the point. It is precisely why we run endless miles or infinite laps around the track, go to coaching conferences, read books, talk to colleagues, write blogs, listen to podcasts and so on.
Exposing ourselves to a multitude of perspectives, situations, and influences is not aimed to make us hoarders but rather essentialists who have a deep and sharp understanding about the world.
World War II Marine Willam A. Foster captured it best when he said:
"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm