Video – Mick Malthouse: No Limits

Regular visitors to this site will know that I’ve been in a contemplative mood in the last few weeks and in that spirit, I thought I’d share this video. It was released yesterday by the Australian Football League as the first part of a three-part series profiling one of the game’s most prominent coaches – Mick Malthouse.

A little bit of background for our non-Aussie readers…..

Mick Malthouse has just joined the Carlton Football Club – my favourite team. That’s significant because his last AFL coaching job was with our arch-rivals, the Collingwood Football Club. Manchester United fans could (eventually) forgive Sir Alex Ferguson for coaching in Spain or Italy, but imagine if he went across town to manage Manchester City. Mick’s appointment at Carlton was big news here.

It’s not just that, however. Mick was pushed aside at Collingwood to make way for one of the club’s favourite sons. Collingwood wanted to secure the coaching services of one of its most famous ex-players before another club got him, so they told Mick he was getting too old and put a succession plan in place. Mick didn’t like that.

Carlton’s part in the drama? Well, we sacked our coach of the previous 5 years, a man who happened to be one of our favourite sons and a former club captain when he was a player. So Mick’s coaching with a grudge against his old club and very high expectations from his new club. What could possibly go wrong? 🙂

Mick’s one of the most successful coaches of the modern era. His teams nearly always make the finals series (think: playoffs) and he’s won three premierships as a coach and played in one premiership as a player. His teams are known for being very tenacious defenders and consistently competitive.

So why am I sharing this video here?

I’ve been challenged in the last few weeks about my own life, where I want to go, what I want to do in terms of my career and the impact that might have on my family. My wife has her own goals to build her business and I’ve got aspirations, too. I want to do things that are quite different from what I do now in a field where I have no formal education or qualifications. I have some level of experience born from years of work and a genuine interest but I’ve never learned the right way to write or the real inside systems that organise and govern how the automotive industry works. What’s more, when you know a little, it opens your eyes as to how much more there is to learn. It can be pretty daunting.

In this video (only 8 minutes), Mick talks about challenging both his own limits as he grows older as a coach, as well as the perceived limits that some clubs place on players, which are usually limits implied by how far down the draft order they are (….and for explanatory purposes, “rookies” in the AFL are players who are contracted to a club, but not on the senior playing list – i.e. they’re paid a lot less and aren’t ensured much of a future in contractual terms. “Rookies” have to show a lot of promise and work pretty hard to get a place on the senior list so when a rookie ends up being the captain of a club, you know he’s done some hard work.)

I found this video be an inspirational little piece and hopefully there might be something in it for you, too.


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