mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
This post is meant in all sincerity and is not about football. Maybe no one cares. Maybe it's a "too long, didn't read," but I don't care; I'm going to post it.
There are many ways people define success in life and there are many different people who may serve as role models for different aspects of life, whether those be humility, integrity, parenting, professional sucess, etc. I will not claim that Coach Harbaugh is the embodiment of all aspects in life, although he does appear to be particularly well-rounded, instead I'd like to focus on Coach as a role model for professional sucess. Ultimately, professional success is measured in achievements, but I want to put those aside and focus on the characteristics that I believe lead to greatness. So rather than discuss Coach's sucesses as a quarterback at the University of Michigan and in the NFL and as a coach at each and every stop, I'd rather focus on what makes him what he is.
The first thing that people love to say about him, which is already getting over-played, is his competitiveness. I do believe that this is a key component of what makes him great, but I think it is often misconstrued as him wanting to beat everyone else. This approach only gets you as far as everyone else or negligibly further. I believe Coach wants simply to be great and treats every day not only "with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind" but as a chance to be better than he was the day before. He does not ask, "what is Urban Meyer doing and how can I beat him?," he asks, "how can I be better than yesterday?"
Now, what I really think has led to his professional success, however, is an absolute refusal to be apologetic about who he is and what he wants to accomplish. Most fail to be great because they are afraid to be great. Coach believes in himself, he believes in his foundations and his principles. As his recent comments regarding over-staying his welcome show, he is also not simply ignorant, he is in fact well aware of his interactions with others. Fully aware. He simply will not let others dictate how he lives his life. He lives his life without fear of what others think, and while this often ruffles feathers, they are often feathers that could probably use ruffling. Maybe someday Coach will get burned by this philosophy. Some might say his stint with 49ers is an example. But here he is at the greatest public university in the world and he hasn't scaled back one iota. Do you doubt him?
All this being said, do not emulate Coach Harbaugh. Be yourself, do what you believe in and do not fear greatness. It is obtainable to all who wish it. The University and this community supports you. Go blue!
Sincerley yours in football and the University of Michigan,
ESPN has a video preview of Jim Harbaugh prepping Jameis Winston for their Draft Academy series airing tonight on ESPN. I think this is from when he and Bryce Petty came to Ann Arbor earlier this year. Not much in it, but I had a hard time to keep from laughing watching it, especially when Jedd Fisch brings up the snow crabs. There is going to be a lot of Harbaugh on TV tonight between this and the HBO Real Sports profile.
Former 49ers CB defends Jim Harbaugh and blasts Alex Boone. Some other stuff about tonight's Real Sports episode too.
It still seems surreal to me that Jim Harbaugh left the NFL and took the Michigan job. Some players feel the same way.
Also, I didn't know that all the major television networks treated his introductory press conference as breaking news. It was broadcast on every network.
Crunch time is around the corner for the Michigan Men's Ultimate Frisbee team. With regionals in two weekends a member of the Men's Ultimate Frisbee team invited Jim Harbaugh to one of our practices. We'd be really pumped if he could make it. Check out the link below and tweet/share it if you feel inclined. #UltimateFrisbaugh
More info about Rudock, including some quotes. He'll be on campus in May and has known Jedd Fisch since he was in high school.