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As part of my education I studied the classics. I read Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey. I studied Shakespeare’s plays and read his sonnets. I read Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer for insights into the culture and time they were written. I must admit that at the time I sometimes struggled with what I perceived as the lack of relevancy of some of the classics. I get it now, clear as could be.

In coaching there were classic works that I read when I was starting my career. Some of them I read because they were assigned and I had to read them. Much like the classics is literature I see their relevance more now through the prism of time. Some of them were not classics at the time, but to younger coaches today they would be considered so. Many in my generation are concerned that historical illiteracy is a huge threat to progress. This transcends coaching. There is an ignorance of key events, ideas and basic concepts. Whether you like it or not the past determines contemporary choices. You certainly can’t over rely on the past, but it is important to use the past as a reference point. Be aware of it, not trapped by it. Why repeat mistakes from the past, learn from them. Frankly without understanding the past you will be starting from scratch, you will make unnecessary errors. Take advantage of the experience of others to build your experiences upon, you don't have ti reinvent the wheel.

In a later post I will share with you my recommendations of classics you must read to be considered literate as a coach and why I consider them important? It is going to take me a few more days to compile the list.

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