Saturday, December 27, 2008

What do you plan on doing in 10 years?

In the book "Cane Mutiny" about the University of Miami's college football program, there's a passage describing something that UM coach Jimmy Johnson, who led Miami to a 1987 national title, would do each week during the football season:

Johnson created weekly 9 p.m. Thursday-night meetings, when he would go around the room to each player and make him tell Johnson what he planned on doing in 10 years.

Some guys would do imitations. Some guys would crack jokes. Johnson's only caveat was the the player wasn't allowed to just say, "Football."

Then Johnson would press them about what they were doing to work toward that goal.