#InspiredCoaching: What piece of advice inspired your career?

A quote from Mario Cristobal, Head Coach, University of Oregon: "Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong."

Can you think of it? That one piece of advice from someone in your past that had a lasting impact and became the root of inspiration throughout your life?

When it comes to the business world or sports, that advice usually comes from a mentor or coach, and it can become the foundation of their success.

Thanks to the partnership between Amway, USA TODAY and the American Football Coaches Association, we put the question to college football coaches and successful Amway Independent Business Owners: What is the coaching advice that most inspired your career?

Their collected responses are published at USATODAY.com, but here is a sampling:

Be yourself

Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo said the wisdom he takes with him is to “just be yourself.”

“‘If you try to be somebody else, the players will see right through it, just be yourself,’” he said. “That’s probably the best advice I got.

“I am who I am. I’m a pretty emotional person. My kids know that, my players know that about me. I’m not making apologies for it.”

Enjoy the journey

Amway IBO Anthony Melillo said when he was a full-time musician, he was always focused on the big goal at the end.

“My mom used to always call me when I was on the road, and she would say, ‘Anthony, don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the journey,’” he said.

“I wish I really understood the value of that advice when I was younger.”

Root of happiness

The advice given to Amway IBO Bhargavi Arrunategui was that happiness doesn’t need to come from the physical act of what you do.

“But it’s going to come from the results of what you do,” she said.

Practice makes perfect

University of Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal offered a succinct response that he likely shares with his players every day: “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice it until you can’t get it wrong.”

What to read more inspiring advice? See all the responses at USATODAY.com. And don’t forget to keep up with the Amway Coaches’ Poll throughout the season!

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