The Art of Listening

Always Be In A Constant State Of Learning

We all like to think of ourselves as knowledgeable about football and quite often we think that "we know the right way to play football." However, being humble about what you know and what you can still learn is an important quality that the best and most successful people in the beautiful game all possess. Ego plays a major role in people thinking that "they know best" and this can prevent people becoming the best possible player/manager they can be.

If you truly want to become as knowledgeable and as much of an expert in the game as you can, then you need to drop your ego and understand that you still have a whole lot of learning to go. You need to make the mental shift in your own brain that you should always be in a constant state of learning. Once you do this, you open yourself up to new opinions, beliefs and a whole world of knowledge that can improve your perspective. 

This goes back to listening. If you're a young player in particular, understand that there is so much to learn and that every opportunity that you get, LISTEN! Plenty of young players zone out or don't pay attention at ideal moments where they can pick up a small tip that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. This comes back to the art of listening. As soon as you accept that you need to learn as much as you can and many different perspectives from everyone around you in football, you will listen.

Listen and ask people further in depth questions to learn why they believe what they do. You can learn so much from other people and then apply that knowledge to do great things. Always be in constant state of learning and you'll find your success in football, life or whatever capacity will greatly improve.

Thanks for reading,

Chris Toovey