Monday, July 18, 2016

A Conversation on Sports, Adversity and the Value of Failure

Today I bring you Nick DiNardo. Nick is an entrepreneur, consultant, and public speaker focused on adversity, personal growth, and education. Throughout his career, he has interviewed hundreds of experts from multiple disciplines on overcoming adversity, dealing with trauma and stress, and the crucial role that it plays in our cognitive development and education.
Nick has dealt with adversity his entire life. At seven years old, Nick's family went from living the American Dream to a foreclosed home, divorce, and mental illness. He spent a year sleeping on the floor of a one room apartment and sharing a kitchen with 17 people.
He writes and podcasts about his journey, the story and science of adversity, and personal growth at Nick was a multi-sport athlete in high school football, baseball and track and played football at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

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Welcome to the Wrestling with Success podcast with host Jim Harshaw Jr. In this show that uncovers the secrets of the most successful people on the planet who are also former athletes and reveals how they used skills learned in sports to overcome failure and achieve a level of success not otherwise possible. Former athletes are uniquely qualified for success if they learn how to translate lessons learned from sports into life. I help you do this by interviewing former athletes who are proven winners in the wrestling match of life and finding out how they used what they learned from sports to reach success.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

PowerPoint Playbooks

Coaches always want to know how to create a better playbook.  In this video we cover the basics of creating a football playbook with PowerPoint.

Feel free to download and use the 'diagram' template here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

IMG Academy's Head of Leadership Development: James Leath

Former Fresno State Football Player
Head of Leadership Development
IMG Academy
James Leath
James Leath joined IMG Academy in 2015. As Head of Leadership Development, James develops and delivers curriculum for IMG Academy student-athletes across 8 sports and presents to visiting teams, companies, and professional athletes.
Leadership lessons consist of communication skills, personal and group leadership, developing identity, and building team culture. James attended Fresno State University where he received his B.A. in Communication. During college, when he wasn't playing football, he was best known for being the beloved mascot of Fresno State, Time Out. After graduation, James went on to play quarterback for a semi-pro team in Fresno, CA. With over 15 years of coaching experience and a M.A. in Performance Psychology, James is passionate about teaching athletes the tools they need in order to be successful in life and in sport.
If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode-- as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode-- at

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Setting Goals to Win Championships

As a coach, you have goals, both personal and professional. 

They're different from mine and everyone else's but there are certain habits that you must develop to get from where you are to where you want to be. Ever wondered exactly what they are? 
Jim Harshaw Jr Motivational Speaker Virginia Failure
Interviews with Successful Former Athletes
Have you ever wanted clarity on the exact habits that you need to get there? 

Sure, you're working hard but there's that seed of doubt. "Am I doing the right things?"  Yeah, I've been there too.
I have created a cheat sheet that reveals the secret habits of high achieving former athletes. 

I've interviewed dozens of them on my podcast-- Olympians, billionaires, astronauts, Navy Seals, professional athletes-- and identified eight habits that they all have in common.
And I've put them into a free PDF for you so that you can start working on the right things immediately.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

XO Wizard Coaching Perspectives

Michael Hoglund and his staff at XO Wizard have done a great job developing an extremely useful playbook application for any program. If you're building a playbook, I would highly recommend jumping into their 14-day trial and give it a run. It is a lot of fun to build within their applet.   


In addition to this tool, he has also regularly contributing insightful content from a variety of sources, so be sure to follow at @XOwizard 

In his latest blog offerings, he meets with several different coaches and explores their perspectives of the game, of program management and athlete training. This should be more 'smart football' to feed your off-season needs