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Unorthodox Strategies for Winning

From Sebastian: I was really honored and thrilled when Jason Shen offered to write a guest post here at SebastianMarshall.com - he's an incredibly bright guy with broad knowledge and skillset, writes well and clearly, and is an all-around good guy. So I'm really excited to be able to bring you a guest post by him - I imagine you'll want to read more by him afterwards, and you can reach him at his website - www.jasonshen.com.

Here's Jason -

I read Sebastian's blog because I'm interested in winning and he writes honest, insightful and sometimes provocative stuff about victory. Recently, I've been thinking about ways to win that are less commonly employed - one, because it's interesting and two, because I think there is a lot we can learn from unorthodox methods that work.

That's what this blog post is about: strategies that are nontraditional, that are beyond "do your best and learn from your mistakes" type advice, yet are undeniably ways that help you win.You might find them strange, but that's ok because winning isn't normal.

Some people find the pursuit of winning distasteful or even silly. Others get juiced by the idea of winning, of kicking ass and taking names, of being the best. I have a feeling that many of you SebatianMarshall.com readers fall into the second category. This post is for you.

Making excuses for losing games

On The Ball Coach

My coed Futsal team wrapped up the winter session on Saturday with a 1-5 loss. We went the entire session without winning a game, 0-6-1 was our record. Not many people like to lose, and I consider myself a gracious loser, always respecting the opponent. Having said that, a win-less season is very difficult to accept.

The coed team I put together was a combination of my son's eight year old and my daughter's nine year old teams. Both teams finished in the top half of their divisions this fall. All of the players are pretty good for their age, some better than average. So I wouldn't claim we were out talented.

It was our first foray into indoor Futsal and none of the kids have had any experience with the heavier, low bounce ball, on the smaller, compact field. I think the fast pace of the game also surprised them and me.

It was seemed like every team in our division had played before. They were quicker to respond to the action. They dribbled less and passed more, some actually executed set plays. They shot on goal at every opportunity. More than once I overheard coaches say after the game, "See you at practice."

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