Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 5/10/2011
This was a fantastic article by John Izzo which hits the nail on the head on so many fronts, I don’t even know where to begin. Not a week goes by where either Eric or myself don’t recieve an email (or phone call) from someone asking business advice.
Full Disclosure: while Eric is a machine and a brilliant coach and business partner; and while he’s the Cressey behind Cressey Performance; and it’s his name/brand that people undoubtedly recognize; it’s our business guy, Pete Dupuis, who’s the mastermind behind much of our success as a business. He’s the one who’s taking phone calls from parents (trust me, at times, not fun) and coaches, scheduling clients, tracking sessions, keeping track of expenses, paying the bills, ordering equipment, negotiating with the landlord, and most important of all, writing my paychecks!
I say this because while John hits on many. many valuable points in his article, one point that I feel is crucial – especially if you’re considering entrepreneurship in this industry – is hiring a business guy. It will make all the difference in the world, and will allow you to focus on what your strengths are. Which, for most, is assessing, writing programs, having big biceps, and coaching.
5 Most Overrated Exercises – Nick Tumminello
Did I or did I not tell you that livestrong.com was stepping up their game and getting more quality trainers/coaches to write for their site? Here, my buddy Nick Tumminello, gives the low-down on a handful of popular exercises that aren’t quite as badass as they may first appear.
Why Kids Need Recess And Exercise – Denene Millner
The fact that this is even debatable blows my mind. Back when I was in elementary school, some of my fondest memories are thinking back to recess – playing kickball, burnball, and triple-dog daring my best friend, Joe, to try to kiss (on the lips!) Susie behind the swings.
Needless to say, the highlight of the day was heading outside for those 30-40 minutes and doing whatever it is we felt like doing – whether it was throwing rocks at squirrels or using our lunch trays to slide down the hill in the middle of winter.
Today, however, kida are lucky to get 15 minutes – and that’s stretching it. Instead, schools are under pressure to increase tests scores, and as a result, recess is often an afterthought – despite research showing otherwise that giving kids a break IMPROVES their capacity to learn. And, lest we forget the ever growing obesity and diabetes epidemic amongst our youth.
Listen, I’m not blaming schools, and I understand that their first priority is to educate our kids. But to deprive them of a simple need – the need to freakin MOVE – is a travesty in my opinion and something that’s a HUGE mistake.