Player, Parent and Coach in Developing Mentally Strong Individuals with Dawaun Wells Limitless International Basketball

How can player, parent and coach help to develop mentally strong individuals? Jeff Brusso talks with Dawaun Wells of Limitless International Basketball about setting goals, motivating kids, accountability and much more. Tune in for valuable lessons on parenting and leadership.

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You have pro players missing layups. You have NFL players dropping passes. You have professional baseball players striking out some mistakes are gonna happen. But the one thing is I always use a thing called the one percent rule where you want to get better...So as long as you're getting better, 1% every single day, whether it's on your skillset, your mental over time... you're getting better 1% every day. By the time you get the high school college, you're going to be a great player because you always focused on, hey, I got to get 1% better, and I think that's key because what happens, what tends to happen a lot of times with kids, they either have pressure from their parents or whatever it is. It's they don't think about the big picture. They're just stuck going like the here and now. So you really see that growth. That 1% growth that you talk about. #1738 #parenting

There's a lot of younger kids who are really good, but then you can see that they're soft, they don't have the heart. And then they don't work on it. That's why a lot of times kids get passed up. And so once I see that I always push that kid and always check up, check with the parent, then always ask the kid, is this what you want? Is this what you want to do? And a lot of times I think people tend to not give kids enough credit. And a lot of times a kid will tell you, Hey, I want to do this. I really want to do this, but then the parent may not really believe in it. So they may not get pushed, hard enough. #1738 #parenting

I think you have to push your kid, and I think you push them to get them to understand that work ethic. And I think once they understand that work ethic, they're going to do it on their own. If a kid is like 16, 17, and you're like, you gotta work hard and you got to do this and they're still not doing it right. Or if you're really trying to push your kid and they're not doing it... So there's a there's a fine line between how, what you tell me that you want to become. You want to get a division one scholarship. So me as a parent, okay. What are the things my kid needs to be doing to get a division one college, and so it's like, all right, so I'm going to push you to that. I'm going to help you, but I'm not going to do it for you. #1738 #parenting

But that means if I want to play basketball at college, that means I'm going to work my tail off. I'm going to do everything that I'm supposed to do. And that everything I'm supposed to various for the individual, cause there'd be, there could be somebody that's 16, 220 pounds and is ridiculously gifted. So he may not have to work as hard as somebody else, but it's going to catch up with them. He may not be able to get to the NBA. He may be able to go to the next level, but it's if I put certain goals down things that I wanted to do, it's I want to get it done. I'm going to work to my ceiling and wherever that ceiling is, but I have to put in the time and the work. And I think that the more, more you do that is going to transfer to other things. And you don't make it, it's going to build you, it's going to build, it's going to build something new for something else. #1738 #parenting

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