Great Wrestlers Dare Greatly

This episode Cary Kolat and Matt Dernlan discuss Ch. 6 “You Must Dare Greatly” from the book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven. This chapter talks about pushing your limits, taking risks, believing and going out and executing on your goals and dreams because if you never take the leap you’ll never know what’s possible. Kolat says one attribute that he doesn’t like in a coach is one that steers his athletes away from “high-risk techniques” when that athlete has found success there before. When Kolat was competing he had the ability to learn technique quickly and also had the confidence to try it out in competition. Kolat says there is no such thing as a bad move if you’ve put in the reps and practice and there’s no hesitation or doubt in competition. 

Two Things Everyone Can Control (8:55)

It’s easy to say what you want but it’s difficult to really commit to it. It’s hard to commit because there’s a risk you won’t reach that final goal. Dernlan explains something he would tell all his athletes, “You can’t control your natural given talent but you can control your effort and attitude.” If you’re controlling your effort and attitude every day you’ll be prepared and have the freedom to take the risk when the moment arrives. A coach will not begrudge you or be upset if you put in the effort and keep a positive attitude.

Make Mistakes. Be Vulnerable. It’s Good for You (12:13)

The time to be daring first is in the practice room. Some athletes fall victim to practicing safely and not allowing themselves to fail therefore not growing and learning. Dare in practice and it’ll come out when it matters in competition. vulnerability turns into comfort which turns into confidence which turns into execution. You don’t take a loss as a failure you should look at it as an opportunity to learn and improve.


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Introducing something unprecedented to the wrestling community, Cary Kolat and Matt Dernlan present their venture “The Way | A RUDIS Wrestling Podcast”. The Way is something everyone is searching for. Whether that is an athletic, personal, or professional achievement. Coming from Coaching backgrounds, Kolat and Dernlan are always looking for better ways to lead athletes and elevate them. “The Way” breaks down different forms of literature to generate discussion and different perspectives. Then takes these lessons and knowledge and applies them to all aspects of life.


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