Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



Common Mistakes in The NFL Draft

Sam Obitz / April 28th, 2016 / No Comments »

The NFL’s annual draft of collegiate players begins later today. A few years from now people will look back and find that many highly drafted players were not nearly as good as they were expected to be. It’s likely that

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Being Referred to as ‘Talented’ is Demeaning (part 7) *

Sam Obitz / March 31st, 2016 / No Comments »

Throughout history we have believed that to reach the highest levels in any field, you had to start with an underlying talent, and combine it with a motivation to succeed. As a result, businesses, teams, orchestras, etc. all tried to

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Why Culture Matters

Sam Obitz / February 25th, 2016 / No Comments »

The definition of culture in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time. Although accurate, I find this definition lacking, as it does not begin to reveal the scope of its

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Why We Believe in Superstitions

Sam Obitz / January 21st, 2016 / No Comments »

We have all had superstitions. To some, it can mean anything from wearing a lucky hat, shirt, dress, etc., to a ritual like bouncing the ball three times before each free throw in a basketball game, to the cultural ones

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Even More Advice Regarding New Year’s Resolutions

Sam Obitz / December 17th, 2015 / No Comments »

For the past five years I have written entries on why New Year’s resolutions fail and how to get better results. I highly suggest that you take a look at all of them before reading this article (or after if

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The Private School – Ivy League Myth

Sam Obitz / November 12th, 2015 / No Comments »

How many of you think that your child will have a higher chance of being someone who changes the world for the better if they attend a highly regarded private school followed by an Ivy League school? The majority of

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Social Influence Determines Most Decisions People Make

Sam Obitz / October 15th, 2015 / No Comments »

Believe it or not, social influence has more impact on your decision-making than your conscious mind does. We all like to think we are in control of all of our decisions. We have even become quite good at coming up

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Leadership Issues – Part 2

Sam Obitz / September 17th, 2015 / No Comments »

As I stated in a previous blog entry, whether it’s management in your company or a coach of your athletic team, misconceptions and misguided attempts to lead are everywhere. Poor leadership can kill an individual’s drive and turn otherwise thriving

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Does Being a Bit of an S.O.B. Help Football Coaches Win?

Sam Obitz / August 20th, 2015 / No Comments »

I recently found myself in a conversation on this topic with a few prominent college and professional football coaches. To be clear before continuing on, I used S.O.B. in my title to keep it as clean as possible, but the

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Time to Review a Couple of Always Relevant Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / July 23rd, 2015 / No Comments »

It’s been a while since we have done any reviews, so here are two (below) for you to read or re-read: The first one is titled: Wisdom and Innovation Often Come from Unexpected Places. It focuses on how we tend

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