Do any of you remember your first coach? In any sport? Well I remember mine and there's several things a good coach and trainer is responsible for teaching you, at least in my opinion anyway, and here's a few mine taught me and why I hope such lessons are universal particularly within the WWE.
1) Tolerance – You may be the absolute best at what you do and everyone knows it and/or recognizes it. But in most sports having a perfect record or exceeding a particular standard means nothing when supporting a team and as the saying goes: you're only as strong as your weakest link; so never think you're above anyone.
2) Sportsmanlike behavior – What is it? If you were on a team you already know. It's acknowledging what others bring to the field, court, or mat. Including that of opposing teams, because no matter who you are, you can always learn from others to better polish your skill set, and wouldn't be half the sportsman you were without acknowledging others, particularly teammates.
3) Teamwork – On the surface this seems obvious and a bit redundant, but please hold on. Of course everyone remembers Michael Jordan in his prime; the man didn't run he flew. In fact very few of us don't remember his tongue stuck out in concentration as he made some of the most gravity defying dunks in basketball history. But he wouldn't have been half the player he was if he hadn't worked with his team to the betterment of all of them as a whole.
That being said no one should forget what he stated at one point in his career: Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
My point there is simple it takes more than a single individual to garner the important victories, it takes a team, dedicated to producing the best results possible, to yield success both in and out of the ring.
4) Permission to fail – When I was younger I ran track and field and I won't lie; it could be taxing, and yes I did fail. No, of course I didn't like it. I mean who would, right? No one. One day my coach approached me after a particularly nasty fall – yes, that happens when you lose yourself in the heat of the moment – and he looked me square in the eye and said: it's okay to fail, you're good. Frankly? I was bewildered. Failure was an option? Since when? And then I remembered (slowly), the same thing or similar thing happening to my teammates time and time again, and looking back on it for this piece, I'm reminded of an old saying: Failure happens to the best of us, giving up happens to those that think failure is final.
5) Never giving up – Frankly, even though this last point may seem covered and thus pointless, I disagree. The importance of this, and of all preceding points, can also influence decisions we make in real life. If we accepted failure as being final, where would that put us? Back on square one and maybe not even there. There is, and always will be, another avenue of success, it strictly depends on how you define success for yourself, and what you do to pursue this goal.
At this point, I'm sure some of you may be wondering what this has to do with the departure of Bill DeMott amid allegations of wrongdoing.
Food for thought: if a coach, trainer, or even fellow team member doesn't exhibit these traits and teach them to those around them, particularly the primary trainer in question, does he deserve the right and responsibility of leading, guiding, and shaping talent both in and out of the ring? Because being in a leadership position doesn't excuse lack of character and the responsibility to help create it. Whether it's true or not, I'm glad DeMott stepped down, because to paraphrase from the BA Star website?
In order to promote good sportsmanlike behavior and set an example of a good standard? You must empower and enrich people in a positive environment to create equality regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability.
That's what today's superstars are taught to teach to young children, but imagine if no one taught that lesson to up and coming talent in the WWE ring? What example could we have expected if that was not a lesson passed down from coach to a newly made superstar of the WWE and it's brands? Honestly, considering how I've applauded the WWE for recognizing its social responsibility, I would shudder if such a policy was above those in leadership positions, and am grateful that this lesson continues after DeMott's departure.