Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



Why the NFL and NFLPA Need to Do More Post Career Counseling of Players

Sam Obitz / May 3rd, 2012 / No Comments »

After the tragic apparent suicide death of Junior Seau yesterday, it’s time for the NFL to take the lead and set up a mandatory symposium for all players exiting the league. If they care enough to have these symposiums for

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Being Referred to as ‘Talented’ is Demeaning (part 3)

Sam Obitz / April 19th, 2012 / No Comments »

The hidden secret about both talent and intelligence is that they are probably the worst predictor of future success you can find. As Alfred Binet, the inventor of the IQ test once said, “People who start out the smartest don’t usually

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Leaving College Early? Too Many Athletes Listen to the Wrong People

Sam Obitz / April 5th, 2012 / No Comments »

“In some South Pacific cultures, a speaker holds a conch shell as a symbol of temporary position of authority. Leaders must understand who holds the conch—that is, who should be listened to and when.” – Max De Pree More often

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The False Allure of Shiny Things

Sam Obitz / March 22nd, 2012 / No Comments »

We are all naturally drawn to shiny things. When I refer to shiny things I do not just mean things that sparkle like diamonds and ruby’s, or glow like gold, platinum or chrome or even things that reflect the sun.

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NFL Punishment Hypocrisy Already Apparent in Saints Bounty Program

Sam Obitz / March 8th, 2012 / No Comments »

In the middle of October of 2010 the NFL decided it was time to take a harsher stand against vicious hits in their games, fining three players a total of $175,000 for hits they made in games the previous Sunday.

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Is Federer Poised For A Rise Back To the Top?

Sam Obitz / March 1st, 2012 / No Comments »

As I wrote about here nearly a year and a half ago, Roger Federer’s fall from the top spot in the world of tennis was precipitated by a loss of confidence, not a diminution of his tennis playing skills. Federer,

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Media’s Fascination With Overnight Success Sends Wrong Message

Sam Obitz / February 16th, 2012 / No Comments »

There was a time in our country’s history when hard work and perseverance were valued above all else. These values inspired (and it can be argued helped to create) many of our greatest citizens. In 2005 a competition was conducted

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Written A Year Ago, But Just As True Today

Sam Obitz / February 2nd, 2012 / No Comments »

Since yesterday was national Letter Of Intent signing day for the top high school football players across the nation, and all the media attention and fanfare that accompanies it… I decided to bring the article I wrote about it last

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Don’t Let What You Can’t Control, Get in the Way of What You Can Control

Sam Obitz / January 26th, 2012 / No Comments »

It never ceases to amaze me how much time is wasted by people worrying about things that are beyond their control. Yet when it comes to taking care of things that are completely within their control, they tend to procrastinate.

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The Road Less Traveled

Sam Obitz / January 12th, 2012 / No Comments »

I often talk about the importance of culture and character in building a team, whether it is in sports or in business. Despite overwhelming evidence that point to the importance of both of these factors in sustained success, very few

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