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ANTI-fragile

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

I wanted to just share a quick mindset tip that I picked up from one of my business mentors Vince, which I think we can also apply to football.

Let me just start off by saying that I have two types of mentor/coach:

1. A Business Mentor.

Vince shows me how to best go about impacting more players as well as ride the emotional rollercoaster which is being a business owner.

Did you know for example, that Europes #1 fitness provider tried to crush Matchfit back in 2018, and they lost! It's so important in moments like this to be within a community of people who have been through things like this before and can guide you through them.

2. The coaches who run the masters in football S&C that I am a part of, they keep me informed about cutting edge fitness strategies which are currently being utilised by the worlds top clubs.

I believe in coaching, so it would be pretty hypocritical of me to be selling coaching if I didn't seek out coaches myself

Anyway, back to the point of this article.

The word "ANTI-FRAGILE", what does it mean?

In short it means that every time you get hit, you actually get harder rather than weaker, that's what anti-fragile means.

Every time someone or something tries to bring you down, it's simply an opportunity to develop your mental resilience and become a better player. Showing that you can still perform under pressure. In fact, you should be thanking life for sending you obstacles, because without them your progression as a player and person would likely be slower.

So that's just one word you need to remember...

Next time you miss an absolute sitter:

ANTI-FRAGILE

Next time you get subbed:

ANTI-FRAGILE

Next time you misplace a pass and your team mate yells at you:

ANTI-FRAGILE.

The harder you get hit, the tougher you become.

The best athletes in the world have an extraordinary ability to be comfortable with being consistently thrust into uncomfortable situations.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Comment below and let me know your thoughts.


P.S if you're the parent of a talented footballer aged 12-18 who:


  1. You believe could get selected by a pro club, if only they were stronger, faster, fitter or suffered less injuries.

  2. ​Has trials coming up and wants to be in the best shape and form possible.

  3. ​Has been released by a pro club for reasons related to their physicality or fitness.

  4. Is currently at a pro club, but underperforming and at risk of being released.

  5. Is currently at a pro club and playing well, but looking to gain an edge.


Then check out the details of our Youth Elite Programme here.


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