Curiosity Part 4: Unconditionality

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Austin Einhorn   We’ve already discussed that chasing your curiosity isn’t always going to result in candy and funny stories. Sometimes it’s going to result in nothing and sometimes it’s going to dust up uncomfortable emotions and hard truths. All but the most curious coaches will want to turn-heel and run. But that’s what I’m […]

Curiosity Part 3: Kill the Cat

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Austin Einhorn   LINKS TO PART 1 & PART 2 It’s hard to foster curiosity in athletes when you are an incurious coach. Athletes and coaches are submerged in an incurious culture where the norms are repetition and monotony rather than exploration and learning. What’s worse, sadly, is that many people think machine-like repetition is learning. When I look […]

Curiosity Part 2: Assumptions

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Austin Einhorn   Professional and collegiate athletes come into my gym all the time repeating nonsense from their other coaches (or the Internet and social media). They tell me what they think their problem is, “Austin, my glutes don’t contract.” I ask, “How do you know they are not contracting?” They realize they’re not sure, “My glutes just — […]

Curiosity Part 1: Beyond Assumptions

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Austin Einhorn   Consider the following lines: What do you see? Yes, there are two lines and a space between them. But what else could it be? What could it symbolize? What might bridge the two sides? The curious mind recognizes the gap and searches for what may exist in the space. Now, anything could […]

The Beginner’s Mind

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Craig Mallett   Following on from the previous post, I wanted to talk this month about a concept that often gets referred to as beginner’s mind. It’s a simple idea, a way of looking at things as if we were a beginner or a child, seeing them full of wonder and possibility rather than writing […]