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Brad Stevens: Moving On From Mistakes

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens), is the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics) and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Stevens was the Head Coach of the Celtics until 2021. Stevens is most famous for his calm coaching style and demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and led the Celtics to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances as the coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as 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.