Start Again

By Flint Wallace-

As you may or may not know, during our Summer Program we have started a mentoring/leadership/culture-building program we call our “Legacy Program”. The program is based off of the book, Legacy by James Kerr. It is a terrific book about how the New Zealand All Blacks (the national rugby team) turned their culture around by servant leadership.


The captain of the team during the time the book was written was the renowned, Richie McCaw, who is considered to be one of the all-time greats. He competed in a world-record 148 test matches (international), he was the captain in 110 of those matches, and he helped lead the All Blacks to 2 World Rugby Cup wins (2011 & 2015). Richie also won the World Player of the Year 3 times.


In the biographical documentary film about McCaw, Chasing Great, Richie talks about how he writes in his journal at the beginning of everyday the phrase, “Start Again”.


I believe this is an extremely powerful message. One of the greatest players in his field knows that no matter what happened the day before, he has to start his process again today. It doesn’t matter if he won the World Cup yesterday or if he lost the championship, he has to start his process again.


As Coach Wolforth says, “It’s about consistency, not intensity”. Meaning it is more important to stick with a daily process than to rely on motivation to get to work each day.


For example, it is much better to work out for 30 minutes each day than it is for 3 hours once a week.


It is better to get back to your process the day after success than it is to relax and rest. As Babe Ruth said, “Yesterday’s home run won’t win today’s game.”


It is better to stick with the process than to overwork the day after we have a bad game or practice, leading to more fatigue and less likelihood to have success the following day(s).


As Brian Knight closes his “Daily Discipline” emails each time, “Discipline is the shortcut. Do the work.”


So, no matter what happened yesterday, you must do what one of the all-time great rugby player, captain, and leader does, “Start Again”!


Until next time… Keep getting after it!


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As you begin to make summer plans, we hope the Texas Baseball Ranch® is part of them.  There are 6 camp dates on the calendar between June and September and our “Extended Stay Summer Development Program” information will be coming in the next few weeks. It’s not too early to make your plans to join us as these events will sell out.  Those dates and more information are available at


We are looking for 4 or 5 interns to work at the Texas Baseball Ranch® this summer.  If you or someone you know would be interested in one of these positions, please email or call (936) 588-6762 and we will follow-up with additional information.


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