Mike Shukis


Results are Irrelevant

July 26, 2022

It's that time of year. The summer has been long, but fall sports are here. People are excited. Fans are ready to watch games.

Every July, coaches, players, and athletic directors have conference media days. People ask every question imaginable. "How will the team be this year?" "Will they be better than last year?" "How will (insert your favorite transfer's name) be for the team?"

Of all the questions, there's one that everybody asks: "How many wins does the team need this year?"

That's a terrible question. Seriously. Of all the questions in the sports world, that's the worst one.

It's a bad question because results don't matter. Read that again. Results do not matter.

Results are the ultimate distraction. Wins and losses take your focus away from what you need to do to be successful. Successful teams are disciplined. They listen. They work together. They are focused on the process, not winning games. Results have nothing to do with success.

Success is in the details, not the pictures, trophies, or paychecks.

To be successful, focus on the process. Don't focus on results. They're a distraction. Results are good for people that like losing.

tags: results, process, choices, questions, distraction


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