Ten Minutes a Day


You can draw a lot of power, from just ten minutes a day.  In College, I would spend ten minutes a day working on my performance weaknesses.  It resulted in my ability to not only play the run, but also use the proper technique.  This stemmed from the advice of a very dear position coach. When I first arrived at the University, he encouraged me to spend those ten minutes each day, working on both weaknesses and technique.  As I followed his advice, he gave me pointers while I made adjustments.  After one whole season of doing this, I came out on top with the technical details in my position. This allowed me to start halfway through my Freshman year, and go on to earn freshmen All American honors.

I tell you this story, because it can be applied not only in sports, but also beyond. At the Collegiate level, the talent level is pretty equal.  You’ll find certain athletes that are more gifted than others–but the gap is not as wide as it once was in high school.  The main thing that separates one athlete from another, is the time and effort they put into their sport. The extra 10 to 15 minutes a day I spent, gave me an hour to an hour and a half more weekly practice time than my teammates.  When you compound that over the course of a year, it was an additional 52-78 hours of practice time–which not only helped me to beat out my competition, but allowed me to be a lot better at my sport.

I received this advice from my Coach, and I want to pass it along to you.  Perhaps you have a child that is in athletics, or you yourself feel that you can apply it to your sport or career.  The small amounts of extra time you spend on improving each day,  compounds.  Use it to better yourself and beat your competition.


Donny Mateaki

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