Friday, December 26, 2008

Coaching, like acting, is a "collaborative adventure"

Dustin Hoffman, one of the greatest actors of the last 50 years and one of my favorite actors, describes his craft as "a collaborative adventure."

[Sounds a lot like coaching and how a staff works together to build a team. For that matter, the team's players and coaches collaborate as they work toward a goal for the season.]

In this article, he talks about struggling to land acting roles early in his career, even though he believed he had the talent:

"You're saying to yourself that you think that you have talent and maybe people that you respect are echoing this, like your teacher. But you haven't painted anything, so people can't look at your painting. And you are living in a kind of private insane asylum, wondering, 'Am I deluding myself?"

[Again, it sounds a lot like what many coaches go through early in their careers.]