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Hitting the Refresh Button

When I first started coaching at UCLA, I was asked to coach balance beam along with choreographing floor routines. I had no idea what I was doing. I quickly realized that a huge part of success on beam was the athlete’s mental game. When everything was going well, there was no need to make adjustments. However, when things started going awry, I could see the …

Wooden Project

Launch: John Wooden Project

I‘m excited to share in the launch of the John Wooden Project, a new set of tools to teach his Pyramid of Success. This project was done in collaboration with the Wooden family and Success magazine. The John Wooden Pyramid of Success Project is a 10-module program that will teach you, through step-by-step lessons, how to become a master in the game of life. To …

Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

One reason it is unnerving to be interviewed is because you only get one take… Like Life. As I share this interview that I did with Josh Smith, host of the B.A.M. show, I realize why so many of us don’t like to “put ourselves out there.” When answering questions on the spot, it’s hugely important to choose words intentionally so as not to be …

Drop the Mic

Drop Your Fear, Then Drop the Mic

I can’t remember the last time I got nervous to speak in front of people; and mainly because I always make mistakes, which I’ve learned only endears me more to my audience. But this time, I literally thought I was going to freeze like a “deer in headlights” or throw up. What actually happened? I honestly don’t remember. What I do know is that Valeri …

Sadique Bynum Mohawk - photo credit: Daily Bruin

The Power of a Mohawk

This past season I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received about our team. After NCAA’s a fan said to me, “You have the most Diverse team.” I looked at our team and realized he was right. “Yes, we’re like the United Nations.” Danusia: Jamaican and Polish, looks Black but has blond hair. Sadiqua: Black with a mohawk. Sophina: Puerta Rican and Black …