Superman had kryptonite, Samson Delilah and for many coaches, loyalty blinds them from helping their team reach their full potential. From the sidelines, I’ve seen professionals fail to win a title by filling in their rosters with their guys, not the most talented ones. Meanwhile, travel ball squads often finalize the team with coaches kids, forgoing success to make everyone’s parents feel better.
Like a student experiencing their first bout of puppy dog love, you can’t get through to these individuals until its too late. Developing an affection, attachment or devotion is natural, yet seeing the big picture isn’t always possible. The blinding forces of love make it hard to think straight, especially when an outsider points out certain flaws. Out of loyalty, feelings prevent most from making the best decisions for the greater good of a team.
In life, sometimes you have to take chances even if it means ruffling feathers. While you may not change the minds of those in charge, if you remain silent you are committing a sin of omission. If things go bad, you might even lose friendships. Nonetheless, if you want those you care about to reach their full potential, don’t be afraid to expose anyone blinded by loyalty.
by Jay Mankus