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A Sanderson Manifesto


This is from Cael Sanderson's blog, an entry called Keep Moving.  It's part shout-out to Penn State wrestling fans, part reflection on the meanings of winning and losing and a hundred percent Sanderson methodology.  Maybe a little too hoo-rah for some, but I thought it was pretty cool.  Especially this portion on types of mistakes:

I have always been motivated by a deep hatred of losing. I am not afraid to lose, meaning I’m not going to coach our guys to avoid mistakes. We aren’t going to win if we aren’t making mistakes. There are two kinds of mistakes though. Positive mistakes and negative mistakes. Positive mistakes come from attacking an opportunity and it just not working out. That’s great, and that’s how you learn. Positive mistakes are a huge part of making progress. Negative mistakes come from a lack of effort, commitment or belief.

He goes on to show his emphasis on character:

The person we become, win or lose is the important thing. Sportsmanship, win or lose, is the important thing. the character that we compete with win or lose is the important thing.

Then wraps it up with the program's goals going forward:

Penn State is on a mission to be the best program in the nation and to brign the NCAA team title back to Pennsylvania and the Northeast. We will never stop. Our feet will not stop moving and our effort will never fade. Here we come!

I can barely wait til next year.

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