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A screen shot of the video player on thecoacheschannel.tv.

An old relative passes away leaving you with a large sum of money that can only be used to hire a personal “life coach” enabling you to reach your full potential.

Regardless of the profession, this life coach will say inspiring things like “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

When the fear of failure rears its ugly head, this life coach offers motivating comments like “the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

Sports history buffs will likely assume this particular life coach is either Vince Lombardi (which is impossible) or someone who’s memorized several of his famous quotes.

However, even from beyond the grave, who could be better to coach a person’s life to the fullest potential than the legendary football coach with a 105-35-6 total record (9-1 postseason) and five NFL championship wins?

This is the logic behind thecoacheschannel.tv, a Web site dedicated to applying sage coaching advice to everyday life with professionally created video content similar to a sports version of YouTube.

“It’s not about X’s and O’s, it’s about life and coaching for life,” says Rudy Kalis, the site’s host and 33-year veteran WSMV-TV sports director.

The site features videos of coaches from all levels of play—NFL to youth sports—pumping up their teams, exclusive interviews about coaching philosophy and daily quotes from the world’s most renowned athletic instructors.

“It’s inspirational. It’s the natural sound of coaches motivating their players to be the very best,” Kalis says in the site’s preview footage, which also features Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former Pearl Cohn High School football coach Maurice Fitzgerald.

During Kalis’s interview with Fitzgerald he interjects about the sincerity of a motivational speech, which yields Fitzgerald to respond: “It’s got to be a conviction. The kids can see right through you.”

Pretend the two men are discussing your personal aspirations instead of football and interpret “kids” to mean peers and colleagues.

The logic still applies.

The site actually offers a specific section about this logic (Between the Lines) where “the whole idea is to, sort of, relate sports to life,” Kalis says.

Other sections include dealing with the mental aspect of sports (Mind Games), athletic injury (Walk In Clinic) and even an option to download content to portable media players.

All topics have video content spanning from 5 to 20-minutes in length that are easily accessible. Those with little time but in dire need of a motivational pick-me-up can choose short sections of the video split up into to a few minutes at a time.

While hiring a “life coach” is not an option for those who don’t have a deceased relative’s large inheritance, visiting thecoacheschannel.tv is completely free.

Plus, for anyone who has yet to achieve his or her dreams, can you really afford not to check it out? 

Posted on: 10/4/2007

 
 

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