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Brad Stevens: Moving On From Mistakes

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PCA National Advisory Board Member and Head Coach for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) is known as a positive coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as the preternaturally calm and cool coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

In this clip, Stevens shares that if athletes are focused and engaged, they can move on from mistakes better. No matter how talented players are, they makes mistakes. Players who are more focused, though, recognize their mistake immediately and look for creative ways to fix it the next opportunity they get.

When athletes lose focus and are distracted, it might take a teammate or coach to show them what they’re doing wrong so they can learn from their mistakes and move forward. Stevens says that learning from mistakes is an extremely important part of succeeding in sports so it is crucial that coaches help players to stay focused enough for the learning to happen.