Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mr Anonymous Strikes Again...

I just got an email from a mate of mine Mike Robertson...which is funny...because I have critcised Mike a lot in the past...although never for his work...just for his marketing...which thankfully has got better...or more to the point he stopped doing the stuff I hated...either that or he's hiding it on the internet where I can't find it. He sent me a link to the post below...I've just copied and pasted it below...the link and the article because I know a lot of people are as internet retarded as I am...that and the fact that I know my Mum has to print out my blog so my Dad can read it.

The post below was written by Mike Boyle who obviously has a lot of fans...just like me.

The Man in the Arena

An Ode to My Critics

It is amazing that coaches who have accomplished so little can find the time to criticize those of us who work for a living. I guess the beauty of being painfully unemployed is that there is plenty of time to keep up with the writings and workings of your enemies. Strangely enough the latest criticisms revolve around my own desire to improve my program. The beauty of this is that I admit a mistake and that opens the door for criticism. The criticism is that I have no system, no principles because of my frequent changes. The intellectual critic punishes the coach for learning. It’s a funny world. The real beauty is that the critic has no audience, a tree falling in the woods and no one hearing. However, the greater beauty is that the criticism reminds me of the great quote below and continues to strengthen my resolve to improve my program and my athletes.

The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

This wonderful quote from Theodore Roosevelt goes out to all the internet experts who never write articles but, consistently post criticism of what other have written. They are never “The Man in the Arena”, instead they are the fan in the stands shouting at those who play.

Great minds like Columbus and Galileo were ridiculed by small minds. Sports has the term Monday Morning Quarterback. Strength and conditioning has internet experts.

It is amazing how many experts there are who know all the answers after all the questions have been answered by someone else. You know what I want to know? Have they ever even heard Paul Hodges or Stuart McGill speak in person? Have they ever conversed with these people?

Paul Hodges has done one person deep needle EMG studies on himself because he could not find subjects. Stuart McGill travels around the world and has spent thousands of hours researching the spine.

The average internet critic has spent hours trying to find the hole in the argument, to celebrate briefly the “I gotcha moment” alone in a room. The highest compliment one can achieve is to be the subject of mindless criticism. It indicates that you have truly made it.

8 comments:

Shaf said...

Boyle comparing himself to "the man in the arena" is fucking ridiculous.

The fact that he's so worried about criticism and being questioned is also telling.

Oh wah, wah, wah...I'm soooo persecuted, I'm like Jesus Christ on the cross!!! I'm a martyr. Waaaah!

The fact remains that Boyle, and many, many, many other S&C guys dislike being questioned because they know that their knowledge isn't all that fucking special. The difference between Boyle and a very good personal training is essentially nil, except Boyle has fired up the marketing machine.

He can't bear to be questioned, especially by someone he doesn't regard as a peer. These sort of whiny articles (reference Dos Remedios' sad foray into the blogosphere) are no better than the anonymous internet poster taking a shot at someone.

The members of the marketing mutual-wank-societies love to circle the wagons and point fingers, maybe even moreso than the average bozo. REFERENCE: Boyle's pathetic attack on Crossfit. If you're going to do shit like that, at least do it right.

Now, personally, I think Boyle's materials aren't bad. He's a very cautious S&C guy, sure, but you don't want to kill the golden goose, right?

lylemcd said...

I AM CARL VALLE, I WILL NOT FIGHT WILL HEFFALUMP IN THE SQUARED CIRLCE, AS I CAN DESTROY HIM FROM AFAR WITH THE SIMPLE POWER OF MY MIND!!!!!!

Will Heffernan said...

Shaf said...
Boyle comparing himself to "the man in the arena" is fucking ridiculous.
I agree...being a strength and conditioning coach isn't rocket surgery.

The fact that he's so worried about criticism and being questioned is also telling.
I agree...I don't mind it...never have and never will...I just want it to be smart, funny, constructive...any of those are good...most of the stuff I get is just plain wrong or idiotic...that's not even fun.

Oh wah, wah, wah...I'm soooo persecuted, I'm like Jesus Christ on the cross!!! I'm a martyr. Waaaah!
See...that's smart, funny and constructive.

The fact remains that Boyle, and many, many, many other S&C guys dislike being questioned because they know that their knowledge isn't all that fucking special. The difference between Boyle and a very good personal training is essentially nil, except Boyle has fired up the marketing machine.
I need to buy myself a good second hand marketing machine.

He can't bear to be questioned, especially by someone he doesn't regard as a peer.
I love questions...I wish I got more...peer or no peer.

These sort of whiny articles (reference Dos Remedios' sad foray into the blogosphere) are no better than the anonymous internet poster taking a shot at someone.
Now those I have...sooner or later I have to summon up the energy/will to have a look to see whether it is one hater or a swarm of them and where they're from...I actually think they add colour to the blog...I just wish they had better sources or were a wee bit smarter.

The members of the marketing mutual-wank-societies love to circle the wagons and point fingers, maybe even moreso than the average bozo. REFERENCE: Boyle's pathetic attack on Crossfit. If you're going to do shit like that, at least do it right.
I wish I had all the posts from my SHIT vs INNOsport thread...ahhh...those were fun times.

Now, personally, I think Boyle's materials aren't bad. He's a very cautious S&C guy, sure, but you don't want to kill the golden goose, right?
I think that's the basic plan.

lylemcd said...
I AM CARL VALLE, I WILL NOT FIGHT WILL HEFFALUMP IN THE SQUARED CIRLCE, AS I CAN DESTROY HIM FROM AFAR WITH THE SIMPLE POWER OF MY MIND!!!!!!
You are really loving this. I think in truth...I might actually be susceptible to the Jedi mind trick.

lylemcd said...

I LOVE NOTHING...MORE THAN DESTROYING WILLIAMHEFFERDOODLE WITH MY EXTREME INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES.

I HAVE TRAINED OLYMPIANS WHOM I CAN NOT NAME, COLLEGE TEAMS WHO YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT.

YOU WILL BOW BEFORE I WHO IS THE PHOENIX!!!!

ian said...

Will said...I wish I had all the posts from my SHIT vs INNOsport thread...ahhh...those were fun times.

If anyone is wondering what Will is referring to here then cut'n'paste this link into your favourite browser -> http://tinyurl.com/5zje6l

Shaf said...

I'm glad to see that Will has been doing the same routine for years.

kira said...

That SHIT system sounds pretty good.

Ian said...

Is that a Ryan Lee product?