Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chris Norton on i2know.org

Chris is gracing our website today and every Tuesday.  Come to i2know.org for a great news/advice source for recent graduates (of anything).

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Believe in Nothing, Now that is Something

We are always on i2know.org.  There is a new comic or komic, the quotable you activity, and writing every Wednesday.

Tasty Komic Sample:

 When someone believes in nothing, get them to believe in you.  Forget Under Armour, Nike, and Burberry. Obama has a belief system.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 word Challenge

Enjoy the 30 word challenge on our website i2know.org

That is where we are every day of the week.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Four Weeks on Site

We have spend four weeks on the new  If I Knew Now website.

So far we have had:

Yoga Lessons by Meredith Greta

Truth in Communication by Greg Shirbroun

(My) Underwear Made Me Proud by Paul Soener

Wake Up Call by Paul Meirick

Thanks to a partnership with Skyd Magazine the website has been a huge success.  Our writers are finding themselves on the Skyd Website and on Luther College's and Luther Ultimate's Facebook and Twitter.  Make sure to follow and enjoy the new pieces every Wednesday at 11am CT.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Off to the Website

If I Knew Now is on its own website. Here is it is i2know.org.  All of your favorite pieces are over there now.  The pieces will still release every Wednesday at 11am CT.  Thank you all the great writers, readers, and contributors so far.

Successful Titans


The Writer Review Contest was a tie. This is the first piece on the new website, i2know.org. We are fortunate to hear from both Coach B.J. and John Anderson.  See how these pieces connect this week.  Thanks to all the great writers so far.  Their content is also on the new site.  Thanks to all the great viewers as well.  Check below or in the monthly archives for all your favorite pieces.  Thank you to Elliot Trotter at Skyd Magazine for building this site.

Coach B.J.'s piece:

Sometimes looking back at my life up to this point, I sometimes think if I could have a conversation with the me of 15 years ago what would I say. Would I try to help myself avoid a mistake or failure? However now reflecting, I think the me of today would need to do more of the listening rather than speaking. I have had the privilege to go after many of my goals and reach them. I was very passionate and energetic, feeling that with God nothing was impossible for me. I wouldn’t accept no or failure, and always sought to separate myself by doing the things that everyone else was unwilling to do.
I chose to not fit in with the crowd, and decided that I would “pay now, and play later.” This approach helped me to walk –on to the Villanova University basketball team even after getting cut twice (I eventually earned a scholarship and significant playing time). I have lived out my dreams working at USA Basketball ; traveling the world with the best players and coaches in the game, and being a part of numerous gold medal winning teams even at the Olympics and World Championships.
Sometimes the biggest hindrance to success is success. It is tempting to relax a bit once you have reached certain goals or obtained things that you have really desired. However, while it is good to be able to slow down enough to enjoy your accomplishments, it is not good to rest on them. Therefore, as I’m listening to myself I hear the BJ of yesterday telling me today: Never stop dreaming, never stop reaching. Your success is not for yourself, but serves to inspire those who are coming up behind you.
Coach B.J. Johnson
USA Basketball
Assistant Men's National Team Director
More fun things about B.J.
AND
John Anderson's piece:

Remember the Titans has become a Luther Ultimate staple prior to national tournament qualifications over the last 5 years. In years past Luther has had too many leaders and not enough leaders, emotional leaders and athletic leaders, loud leaders and silent leaders. As you can see, there are lots of ways to show leadership (on and off the field).
To be a truly effective leader one has to lead with actions and attitude. Ultimate (like everyday in your life) is a fickle sport and because of all the variables that can change the outcome of a game, it can be emotionally draining. However, the worst thing you can do as a teammate is give up. Whether it is after a tough loss and you come out flat the next game, or if you start blowing a big lead and implode, you can never give up. Are you a teammate, boss, or a leader? Yes? Do not give up.
This particular story is from a club ultimate game where I first witnessed the 'TITAN' phenomenon. We were down 4-8 at half in the game to move on. We were receiving out of half with some optimism, but after going down 4-9 a lot of people's heads were hung. Take a mental note of this, because that is the attitude that loses games. The game continued and eventually it was 6-11 and a majority of the team did not want to play, so the captains began asking, "who wants to go out there?" This is where the turn around begins: by putting competitive attitudes out there that are either too proud or too stubborn or too competitive to accept defeat, it allowed for a huge swing in momentum as the game's momentum began to turn. The team's attitude picked up because of these 7 Titans playing as a competitive, cohesive team again. The team ended up victorious, 16-14. This was the first of numerous games that came down to the wire because the Titans that stood together refused to give up. The fascinating part was, these so-called Titans were different people every game, it was just a matter of someone stepping up and bringing up the team's morale.
So, never hang your head, never count yourself out, and never give up. Negativity is infectious, but optimism is too. Be the leader the team needs - play with fire - and always remember to be a great example on the field, in school, or at the office.

John Anderson
Luther '11
B.A. Nursing
p.s. always remember to aggress.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Writer Review: A Celebration

Writer Appreciation Week:

In celebration of the great writing and our writers' success on i2k, a quote from each writing in the i2k collection is part of this week's post.  Take a moment to reflect on what the authors have said.  If you are wanting more, look to your right and open up the whole piece.


Next week If I Knew Now will head to its own website.  In appreciation of the writers who have writing so far, the first piece on the website will be the piece that has the most page views this week.  So if you like a quote, dig into the full piece.  Then spread it to your friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter.  More engaged readers, means more meaningful local conversation.  More conversation, means more idea assimilation.  Give yourself and your community a chance to be creative and create new ideas this week based on the feed these writer's have given.  i2k thanks all of the writers who have written so far and the writers to come. i2k also thanks the readers who have broadened their perspective and passed the wisdom on to their communities.



Note:  All of the writings will be transferred to the website.  The page view winner will just have theirs re-posted at the top.


Powerful wisdom from powerful writing:


"You see, while the scientists stated their doubts and reasoning, the bumblebee didn’t listen. The bumblebee has faith in itself. As an athlete, more importantly as a human, you need to have a belief in yourself that far surpasses anyone else’s. Don’t let your parents, your professors, or your teammates limit your abilities by forming to their beliefs." Ben Skutnik in Think Like a Bumblebee, Train Like a Racehorse

"There is a point when you simply just cant force anything to happen.  At this critical point teams fall apart." Joe Wheelock in Between Good and Great


"Making food from scratch is good.  Sitting is bad.  Extended sitting takes years off your life.  Good:  I walk to work, and I take time to stand and cook my meals!" Eric Holthaus in Green Week


"Therefore, as I’m listening to myself I hear the BJ of yesterday telling me today: Never stop dreaming, never stop reaching. Your success is not for yourself, but serves to inspire those who
 are coming up behind you." B.J. Johnson in Success Helping Success

"Luther is unique in that you are able to continue striving towards excellence in a number of fields." Dave Curtis in Neo-Renaissance


"Have a strong core set of beliefs.  This will help  a ton:  I believe we all need a core set of principles that is our touchstone and guides us through the good and the bad that will surely come our way throughout life." Tom Crawford in Blessed in Core Principles 


"So, never hang your head, never count yourself out, and never give up. Negativity is infectious, but optimism is too." John Anderson in Attitude Reflects Leadership


"Second, even though reading is a solitary endeavor, I was helped towards my goal by many people." David Lietz in Read Right Now


"For me working at Luther keeps me 
hopeful:  hopeful for the future because of the genuine goodness I see in Luther students and the way they care about people and issues beyond themselves." Karen Martin-Schramm in the Career Arcade

"Technically speaking, you can only account for yourself, and make sure you are doing what you can to commit to the team. What about others around you? Maybe someone isn’t giving it their all, what can you do? I suggest being a teammate, a friend. " Adam Tlougan in The Accountability Ripple


Now click the writing to the right that you enjoyed most.  Find a new idea within the piece that you have not seen before.  Then hope that your favorite will be first on the new website.



Note Again:  All of the writings will be transferred to the website.  The page view winner will just have theirs re-posted at the top.




  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Attitude Reflects Leadership


Remember the Titans has become a Luther Ultimate staple prior to national tournament qualifications over the last 5 years. In years past Luther has had too many leaders and not enough leaders, emotional leaders and athletic leaders, loud leaders and silent leaders. As you can see, there are lots of ways to show leadership (on and off the field).

To be a truly effective leader one has to lead with actions and attitude. Ultimate (like everyday in your life) is a fickle sport and because of all the variables that can change the outcome of a game, it can be emotionally draining. However, the worst thing you can do as a teammate is give up. Whether it is after a tough loss and you come out flat the next game, or if you start blowing a big lead and implode, you can never give up.  Are you a teammate, boss, or a leader?  Yes?  Do not give up. 

This particular story is from a club ultimate game where I first witnessed the 'TITAN' phenomenon. We were down 4-8 at half in the game to move on. We were receiving out of half with some optimism, but after going down 4-9 a lot of people's heads were hung. Take a mental note of this, because that is the attitude that loses games. The game continued and eventually it was 6-11 and a majority of the team did not want to play, so the captains began asking, "who wants to go out there?" This is where the turn around begins: by putting competitive attitudes out there that are either too proud or too stubborn or too competitive to accept defeat, it allowed for a huge swing in momentum as the game's momentum began to turn. The team's attitude picked up because of these 7 Titans playing as a competitive, cohesive team again. The team ended up victorious, 16-14. This was the first of numerous games that came down to the wire because the Titans that stood together refused to give up. The fascinating part was, these so-called Titans were different people every game, it was just a matter of someone stepping up and bringing up the team's morale.

So, never hang your head, never count yourself out, and never give up. Negativity is infectious, but optimism is too. Be the leader the team needs - play with fire - and always remember to be a great example on the field, in school, or at the office.

John Anderson
Luther '11
B.A. Nursing

p.s. always remember to aggress.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Green (St. Patty's) Week: Join the Pursuit


If I knew now that “green” is only the color that you wear on St. Patrick’s Day, I would have felt self-conscious less often.

“Going green.”  “Being sustainable.”  Nope.  Sustainability is social, economic, and environmental health.  Pursuing sustainability is an all-inclusive opportunity.

Sustainability starts with you, your opportunity to shape and your health to build.  Pursue it, bit by bit, mistake by mistake, habit by habit, and learn.

I have a car.  Driving to work takes 5 minutes.  Biking took 8.  I biked.  Then I learned that one of my favorite professors walks to work everyday.  Now, I walk to work.  25 minutes.  I listen to the radio and learn.  Biking was my “gateway” transportation.  I don’t even bike for recreation.

Making food from scratch is good.  Sitting is bad.  Extended sitting takes years off your life.  Good:  I walk to work, and I take time to stand and cook my meals! 

I’m more capable as a cook now.  I eat less meat because of it.  When I do, I vote with my dollar and buy from cooperatives when possible, businesses that exemplify sustainability. 

I talk about sustainability, its complexities, simplicities, and parodies.  I talk to students about it because I know that any student, no matter what they study, can be passionate about sustainability in their careers.  That’s good, because what makes for a happy professional?  Being passionate.  Here’s your chance.

When I walk to work, I say “Hello” to people.  I smile.  I gain social skills and friends.  We are creatures that mimic what we see, and when we see aesthetics, attitudes, and actions around us that say, “Sustainability is important,” our behaviors change.  We all change, bit by bit, and the pursuit gains speed! 

Join the pursuit:  Try something new, and be well!


Eric Holthaus
Energy and Waste Steward
Luther College
U of Iowa '09 BA Geography
U of Illinois '11 MA Urban Planning

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Conversation With Myself: Success helping Success


Sometimes looking back at my life up to this point, I sometimes think if I could have a conversation with the me of 15 years ago what would I say. Would I try to help myself avoid a mistake or failure? However now reflecting, I think the me of today would need to do more of the listening rather than speaking. I have had the privilege to go after many of my goals and reach them. I was very passionate and energetic, feeling that with God nothing was impossible for me. I wouldn’t accept no or failure, and always sought to separate myself by doing the things that everyone else was unwilling to do.
I chose to not fit in with the crowd, and decided that I would “pay now, and play later.” This approach helped me to walk –on to the Villanova University basketball team even after getting cut twice (I eventually earned a scholarship and significant playing time). I have lived out my dreams working at USA Basketball ; traveling the world with the best players and coaches in the game, and being a part of numerous gold medal winning teams even at the Olympics and World Championships.
Sometimes the biggest hindrance to success is success. It is tempting to relax a bit once you have reached certain goals or obtained things that you have really desired. However, while it is good to be able to slow down enough to enjoy your accomplishments, it is not good to rest on them.
Therefore, as I’m listening to myself I hear the BJ of yesterday telling me today: Never stop dreaming, never stop reaching. Your success is not for yourself, but serves to inspire those who are coming up behind you.

Coach B.J. Johnson
USA Basketball
Assistant Men's National Team Director
More fun things about B.J.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Accountability Ripple


“Exhausted on the field of battle – victorious”

When trying to find a way to explain my thoughts to share, I kept coming back to quotes of a great leader in history. Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame coach for the Green Bay Packers knew what he was talking about. Packers fan or not, his thoughts can be used on the field and in life.   I only thought it appropriate to chat with you about the meaning I take from a few of them and pass it on.  I ask you to see the analogies and metaphors between sport and your every day life.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

It seems simple, everyone gives what they can, and you will succeed as a team. In sports, everyone has to be into it for the team to be successful. Each individual has to do what they can, play their role, and give it everything they have. Technically speaking, you can only account for yourself, and make sure you are doing what you can to commit to the team. What about others around you? Maybe someone isn’t giving it their all, what can you do? I suggest being a teammate, a friend. You can only do so much, but you never know what may help another person.  The boost you can give another person might change their attitude and outlook, which in turn creates a ripple. Whether you are on the field or in life, always remember that you can take care of yourself, but if you lend a hand to another, they will be there to help you when you are down. If everyone on your team has a sense of place and knows they are important, they are going to be more willing to give everything they have. Help to maximize the effort that each individual can give and you will see results.

Once you have accomplished commitment to the group effort, think about this:

“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

Your team, coaches, professors, parents, and alumni are all here to help you where we can so that when you are at the end of your battle (sports, college, every day, etc), you can look back and consider yourself victorious.

Adam “Lougan” Tlougan
Luther ‘06

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blessed in Core Principles

I have been incredibly blessed to have a very cool career in sports and business, travelling and speaking all over the world, and as a result, have learned non-stop my whole life.  If I knew then what I know now, through all this life-long learning…WOW…I’d have known a lot! Here are some things I know now:

Pursue joy not happiness.  Joy is enduring…happiness is fleeting.

Adopt perseverance and persistence as core principles.  Nothing meaningful in life comes without them…everything meaningful in life is possible with them.  Including athletic pursuits!

Have a strong core set of beliefs.  This will help  a ton:  I believe we all need a core set of principles that is our touchstone and guides us through the good and the bad that will surely come our way throughout life.  Develop and nurture your core, and life’s biggest challenges will be overcome by sticking to your principles and following them through thick and thin.  I have seen lots of friends become confused, depressed and anxious when they didn’t have a strong core to rely on during trying times.  Build a strong core in your life, just as great athletes build their core strength and a core of skills in athletics.

Tom Crawford
CEO USA Ultimate
Siena College Graduate
M.A. from Purdue University
Double Phd from Indiana University (Performance Psychology and Motor Development)

Fun Facts about Tom or Tom C as he says:

10 years as the Director of Coaching and Managing Director for high performance programs for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Has worked with NBA, NFL, MLB, and professional tennis players.
Senior Director for National Institute of Fitness and Sport


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Food, Roles and the Social Scene


One of the most overlooked aspects of training was the easiest to control: nutrition. As a team and as America we do not eat well. Frozen pizzas, soda, energy drinks…whatever is terrible we consume. Our team in 2008 did not think about this, because in 2008 we were the first team to make off the field training mandatory.  We thought we were putting so much effort in, we didn’t need to worry about nutrition.  In a way it was true, we were in much better condition, but in retrospect it gave way for a pretty unhealthy life style outside of Ultimate. I’m not saying eat only the healthiest, just be more conscious of what you are putting in your body, it will make a big difference.

On another note in ultimate and life, everybody dreams of being the difference maker.  We all want to  make the big throw and the score that wins the game or cut the big business deal and make the money; realistically this isn’t going to happen. Know what you are good at and play to your strengths. Once you realize where exactly you fit into the bigger picture, you can fine tune your skills. Don’t just accept your role, embrace it. More importantly, know your weaknesses and work on those during every practice. If you don’t know, ask the captains and coaches. They will tell you exactly what you need to work on. And don’t take it personally, use it fuel yourself.

If I knew now, I would know how important my Luther teammates and Luther family would be in the rest of my life.  They will be there for you too. This is the tightest social scene in which I have been a part. Your teammates become lasting friends, and an important part of your life. For how sardonic and cruel we can seem to be, we try to help. The team becomes an important social network that is unlike any others. That being said, it will be whatever you put into it. Don’t be a selfish, don’t kick your teammates when their down, and help them in any way you can. Those my year and older have seen former teams implode because of infighting, don’t let it happen.

Oh, and don’t ever let NexGen stay at your house. EVER

Eric Meyer
Luther 2008

Friday, February 17, 2012

Read Right Now


My resolution for last year was to read a book a week.  I made this resolution because it dawned upon me that if I lived to my statistically expected life expectancy, I only had about 40 years left.  And in 40 years, that meant I’d only read another 2080 books in my life, if I managed to read a book a week that entire time.  Out of all the millions of books in the world, only 2080 more to go, and that many only if I was super diligent about reading a book a week?  Better make that two books a week!!!
Happily, I kept my resolution, completing 56 books in 52 weeks last year.  Doing so taught me several important things.  One, achievement required constant, disciplined attention to the task.  If I slacked off for even a week or two, catching up required herculean efforts.  I soon realized that my goal was only going to be met if was disciplined, and worked towards excellence every day.
Second, even though reading is a solitary endeavor, I was helped towards my goal by many people.  Dozens of people gave me great book recommendations.  Many more offered encouragement.  And one true friend suffered through reading a monthly book report, which kept me accountable to someone for completing my task and where I could share my thoughts on my reading.  My “team” made me better than I was alone.
Third, and most importantly, I learned that I should do something worthwhile with every limited minute that I have.  Rather than wasting time playing Guitar Hero, I could be reading.  And through reading, I could broaden my mind, live multiple lives in multiple places, and rehearse empathy by living the emotional lives of others.
If I knew now to constantly read, I would have had a book holster to draw a book in my spare moments.  I would have the quickest knowledge on the block.  Be disciplined, Luther Ultimate, and work towards excellence every day.  Be great individually, but be greater as a team.  And do something worthwhile with every precious minute that you have.

David Lietz
Washington D.C. Lawyer 
Luther Board of Regents



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Think Like a Bumblebee, Train Like a Racehorse


I recently heard an idea and the idea hit me like a sack of nickels. To be truly successful you must do two things: think like a Bumblebee and train like a Racehorse.

Many of you may know the story of the Bumblebee, so please bear with me as I explain it for those who don’t.

Years ago, a group of scientists at NASA became interested in the bumblebee. They would spend countless hours hypothesizing how this big, furry insect with wings much too small for their body be able to fly with such ease?  More importantly, if they could figure this out and replicate it, the US would be able to build aircraft and flying weapons far more powerful than any other country.  So hours turned into days, into months, and years.  Finally, this group made up of some of the smartest aerophysicists in the world came to the conclusion that it just doesn’t work.  The bumblebee, according to the laws of physics, is too large and too heavy to fly using such small wings.  But the bumblebee keeps flying. Why?

You see, while the scientists stated their doubts and reasoning, the bumblebee didn’t listen. The bumblebee has faith in itself. As an athlete, more importantly as a human, you need to have a belief in yourself that far surpasses anyone else’s. Don’t let your parents, your professors, or your teammates limit your abilities by forming to their beliefs.

And now the Racehorse.

Speaking physiologically, racehorses are absolutely phenomenal specimens.  Their O2 kinetics are a thing of beauty. The power that they are able to produce is something of mythical proportion. They are absolute phenomenal athletes.  And the thing is, they know it.  They know it isn’t normal for a horse to have a heart-rate monitor hooked up to it. It is not normal for a horse to run repeat intervals at threshold paces, to eat a diet made up of grasses imported from halfway across the world.  An just like humans, when horses toe the line before the race they are nervous as hell. They know something special is about to happen. And in there is the subtle difference between a racehorse and a human.  They KNOW something special is going to happen.

A racehorse trains hard every day with the occasional rest day scheduled. They might even see other horses training. But at no point do they question their training. You won’t see a horse running a few extra miles because they “need it”. Horses recognize their role, they are the athlete. Their trainer creates the plan, and the horse executes it.  The horse knows that it is a strong and fast athlete, and knows the trainer is smart and wants the horse to be as fast as possible.  There is never a moment of doubt or second-guessing.

In sport and in life, no plan is going to work until you buy into it fully.  Execute the plan, whatever it may be, with your best effort and you will then reach your fullest potential.

Ben Skutnik
Luther 2008
Physiology Graduate Student at Kansas State

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Career Arcade

As a kid, I never thought, “When I grow up I want to be a college administrator!”  Frankly I never had a career clue in my life and it bugged me that other people had such a clear direction.  I took the pinball approach, bouncing from this to that, building on what I learned along the way.  I figured out I was good at administration and that it was important for me to work at a place that had a mission I could wholeheartedly support.  For 15 years that has been Luther.  Some colleagues say working on a college campus keeps them young.  For me working at Luther keeps me hopeful:  hopeful for the future because of the genuine goodness I see in Luther students and the way they care about people and issues beyond themselves.  The sense of community and encouragement I’ve seen in Luther Ultimate is an example of that spirit.  Thank you for the way you inspire Luther staff and faculty. If I knew now bouncing like a pinball would eventually give me such a high score at Luther College, I would have started at the arcade a long time ago.

Karen Martin-Schramm
Assistant to the President

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Neo-Renaissance


As a student and as an alumnus, I sometimes wondered why I attended Luther.  Would I have been better off going to UW?  Obviously there would be a wide array of academic opportunities, amazing social scenes, more high school friends, and of course the ultimate would have been better at UW during my freshman year (2000-2001).  Despite the glamour and exciting prospects of a big school, there is something special about the liberal arts experience, especially at Luther College.  

Look around at your teammates and classmates.  Is there one thing or one talent or one passion that defines you?  Generally, no, aside from being a stellar ultimate player, your buddy is likely a talented musician, a varsity athlete, a polyglot, an academic, ventriloquist, gardener, aquarium expert… etc.  Luther is unique in that you are able to continue striving towards excellence in a number of fields.  It’s always been common to have friends on campus who participate in a sport, an ensemble, a choir, a club, a term abroad, a frat, and whatever else.

A childhood friend of mine and former University of Wisconsin (Hodag) player once told me “you can be a jack of all trades, but a king of none” when I said I wanted to be both a handler and a cutter.  He might have been right in that particular scenario, however, I don’t think that can apply to the individual as a whole. 

What about Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson?  Were they great because they were notoriously one-dimensional?  Were they merely “jacks?”  No, they were the epitome of mastery with regard to about everything they achieved.

If I knew now, I would be mindful of and challenge this notion of "jack".  As a student at Luther and a member of Luther Ultimate (LUFDA), you don’t have to settle for “jack” or “mono-talent”, when you can achieve mastery in a multitude of arenas.  Embrace your ambitions, develop that diverse array of talents, and become the renaissance man that is within.  In my opinion, there is no better place than Luther, there is no better time than now.


Dave Curtis
Luther 2004  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Between Good and Great


I Michael Joseph Joe Tweeter Billy Wheeler Wheelock would like to discuss the difference between a good player and a great player.  Now those of you who know me- may think I am unqualified to speak on such a subject.  Normally I wouldn't object.  However, I have watched/played with/ been apart of some very good teams &players.  Not that any of that has helped me throw a flick, play in the wind, learn to lay out, or just be generally better at the sport-but that is beside the point.  In my experience, Good players make big plays happen even if they have to force them.  This may seem fine and dandy, but it can seriously hurt a team if you only have a collection of good players.  There is a point when you simply just cant force anything to happen.  At this critical point teams fall apart.  I would say that for those of you who were there, this is what happened to us at regionals my Jr. year (2010).  Everyone was trying to be the hero and in the end we lost to an Iowa State team we walked over twice prior.   

So then this brings up the question- what defines a great player.  In my opinion, which you can hate it or love it (see what i did there), a great player is some one who allows big plays to happen by executing every little detail to perfection.  Notice** you do not have to be touching the disc to facilitate big plays.**  I know it probably has been beaten into your head, but it cant be stressed enough.  Play your role and you will be a great player- try and force it and in the end things will likely fall apart.    

Side note- If you are unsure of your role on the team- just ask, anyone will tell you what they expect of you and what you need to work on.  No matter the attitudes it is an open and caring environment.  In the end Luther Ultimate (LUFDA) is all about free love.


Hate it or love it, LUFDA's on top.

Much love,
MJW

The Start

If I Knew Then Now, which is read If I Knew Now starts today.  The project will be dynamic.  Multiple writings every week.  Contributors will include Luther Ultimate Alumni, Luther Faculty/Staff, and Luther College Alumni.  The project is reaching out to inspirational and influential people who do not fall in the categories above as well.  Luther culture facilitates strong connections inside and outside the college.  By calling on the talents of many people we can find creativity from a plethora of resources.  With many minds putting on their wheels we will see unlimited topics:  sports, competition, life, things to do in Decorah, Is it good to live in Iowa? (yes), greatness, etc.  The common thread between the expanse of topics is that the writers are giving you a piece of knowledge to ponder and practice.  Enjoy what you see here, be a fan of Luther Ultimate, and remember to assimilate and create ideas in your own life.