Keep it simple - A few quick thoughts inspired by Gary Vaynerchuck

I've recently started listening to Gary Vaynerchuck's podcasts, (yes I know I'm behind the curve on this). A huge amount of what he says resonates and makes perfect sense to me in my own pursuit of improvement and developing a new pathway in life - boy I have a long way to go but I'm hugely motivated by what I'm listening to!

One of the things I like most about the messages Gary gives us is their simplicity. This reminds me of my rowing coach Jurgen Grobler, one of the most successful Olympic sports coaches ever, who just simply kept things simple. As athletes our heads were packed full of STUFF. The technical aspects of our movements, timing, precision, the movements of others, fatigue, real-time physiology, competition, wind, water conditions and much more. To then have a significant outside source coming in to ‘coach’ with complicated instructions and a mass of opinions, thoughts and observations just overflows your head. Suddenly you’re doing nothing well, all of it badly and you wonder why you’re struggling, going slow, underperforming, getting frustrated and the team is beginning to break down.

Jurgen kept it simple. One thing at a time, no expectation of overnight change, a patient approach to development and improvement. Our heads were full enough as it was, he knew that. The programme was designed so that we trained every day for four years. If you improved a tiny bit on every one of those days, there was never any need for huge complicated change - keep it simple.

I think we complicate matters all the time to the detriment of performance because:

  • We may not know the answer so a scatter gun approach must be better.

  • Because it helps some feel more powerful by talking more with bigger words.

  • Because we’re in a society where doing more/spending more time doing must be better.

I’m sure there are many more reasons…

Every time I listen to Gary I understand his message whether it applies to me or not. Simple, meaningful advice that I feel I could apply, work on every day, patiently, for four years and eventually win, just like Jurgen does.

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