I am sure most will agree with me that wisdom as a human trait can contribute to the success of someone’s coaching career.

What does it mean to be a wise coach?

A wise coach is one who knows how to make a balance between his own and club’s interests. And the club interest consists of the interest of the players, club leaders, sponsors, fans and the wider community.

Can wisdom be learned?

The concept of wisdom is often associated with older people, coaches with long-standing coaching experience. Such perception of the wider public has no support in the scientific research. The results of research conducted among people from their twenties to the nineties have shown that the wisdom does not depend on age – both younger and older people can be equally wise.

So making wise decisions can also be learned.

It is also evident that the experience and the ways in which coaches are faced with different life situations are also one of the ways of learning how to make wise decisions.

Wisdom is taught, but it can not be learned in a way anatomy or the basis of the tactic methodology are taught. The key that opens the door to success in making wise decisions is a continuous review of own actions.

Wisdom can be taught by reading interesting wise sayings of well-known thinkers and philosophers throughout history. But not as a mere reading, then as a reflection of what the author wants to say through his thoughts. Here are some examples of thinking:

“To achieve the greatest success, you have to embrace the prospect of failure. Much more wisdom can be learned through failures  than through successes.“ (Og Mandino)

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” (Socrates)


“If you don’t know why you failed, you are no wiser than when you began.”

( Napoleon Hill )

“Knowledge is not an illusion. But the illusion is to believe that what we get from knowledge can be found somewhere else.”   (Sigmund Freud).

Wisdom can be learned from everyday relationships with people. The world is not black and white.

Do you have a problem with the player?

Before your last word, try to think about why he did so. Consider his personality, origin, family, culture … Only then can you understand the player and his actions.

Wisdom can be learned so that every problematic situation is always realistic and unbiased seen. Bad behavior of players has usually a cause. Try t find out the cause of player’s bad behavior on the basis of realistic observable facts. When you find it out, you will certainly be wiser in making a decision.

Wisdom is taught by accepting and understanding that different people react differently and accept differently what is good or true. Depending on their upbringing, culture in which they live (lived), the people they live with, the religion they are worshiping.