The Shower Principle

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.

The Shower Principle

Winners take action. Losers just talk.

I see The Shower Principle at work every season in competitive tennis.

Everybody wants to play 1, 2, or 3, the top half of the lineup on a collegiate team.

But few players go above and beyond the call of duty to make it happen.

What does that look like?

My friend Rodney Harmon, head women’s tennis coach at Georgia Tech, is also a US Open singles quarterfinalist.

As a college player at SMU, Rodney would walk miles across campus, late at night, to put in extra practice time above and beyond group daily sessions.

Rodney is a doer, not a talker.

The lesson is that anybody can dream up an idea but until you “hit the practice courts” over and over again, nothing will happen.

It’s like taking a shower without using soap.

You’re just as dirty as when you went in, just a little more wet.

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7-time NCAA championship coach and entrepreneur René Vidal helps leaders and organizations turn adversity into competitive advantage.