This is why Texas fans should be relieved but not overjoyed if we finally beat UCLA. And if we lose again ... STOP. Don't contemplate that right now. Just keep reading.
In the spirit of John Wooden's Pyramid of Success, we bring you Rick Neuheisel's Mound of Mediocrity.
Neuheisel on Keeping Pace
"Mediocrity is being content in thinking you probably made the minimum effort needed to keep pace with the herd."
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Legend - Neuheisel on:
Competitive Adequacy - "Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is generally optional."
Distraction - "Be yourself. Don't be thrown off by events, unless they totally fuck with your head or you have a killer hangover."
Anxiety - "The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief. If you don't have that, then I guess the bronze of creeping self-doubt will do."
Slothiness - "Ability may get you to the top. It will probably keep you there too, so don't worry about hitting the gym."
Incoherent Gibberish - "What a leader learns after you've learned it all counts most of all."
The "Me" in Team - "The star of the team is the team, but only because the team is holding you back. 'They' are fucking 'you' out of your chance for individual glory."
Self-Medication - "Control of your organization begins with control of yourself. Keep a fifth of scotch in your desk to calm your nerves."
Paranoia - "Constantly be aware and observing. You never know whether the voices are real or the weed was laced."
Indecisiveness - "Make a decision! Do it now! That's what you decided? Seriously??? Good grief, what a shitty decision. You're going to have to try again. Oh, now you're going with that? I give you two chances, and this steaming mound of excrement you call a 'decision' is the best you could come up with? Jesus H. Christ. I guess I have to do everything myself."
Retreat - "Stay the course until thwarted. Opposition is a pain in the ass, and usually not worth trying to overcome."
Lassitude - "Success travels in the company of very hard work. But if you're cool with mediocrity, you can chill on the couch with a brewsky and a microwave burrito."
BFFs!!!!11!1 - "Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect. Maybe even encourage a little of that queer stuff, like the Spartans did."
Betrayal - "Be true to yourself. Lie through your teeth to those you lead."
Confrontation - "Have utmost concern for shouting the last word until you are blue in the face, rather than who's right."
Annoyance - "Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication bug me. Stop being an overachieving dick."
That about covers it, no?
(H/T to W.W. McClyde, BrickHorn, & ACE. It's Team Effort Friday here at BC and we're all winners for it.)