The #AskASocerPro show is a Live video podcast where 11 year MLS vet and Mental Strength Coach Quincy Amarikwa dives into the mentalities of highly successful individuals both on and off the pitch. In this weeks episode Quincy goes over thoughts on Ben Olsen getting fired, importance of endurance in soccer, Strengths and Weaknesses and more.
0:00-1:39 Welcome to the #AASP Show #91
1:41-4:29 How important is endurance in soccer? @therealeldin
Importance of identifying your Strengths and Weaknesses. @theoneknownasanthony
4:30-10:25 Quincy’s thoughts on Ben Olsen getting fired? @george_battistelli
10:26-12:45 Should Quincy split the AASP into 2 shows?
12:46-14:42 They should put a mini pitch in Chicago! @soccer_dad_4life
Would Quincy ever become a coach? @george_battistelli
15:05 - 18:00 How to improve your shooting skills and not getting tired quickly? @eharren21
Does Perfect Soccer have any Nutrition or recipes on the page? @lukapodnar._
18:30-20:10 Last Pushup challenge survivor!
20:12-25:41 How the MSL affects players in practice. @been._.jammin
31:50-35:22 Would Quincy teach his team about the MSL with dedicated courses? @joe.jackson11
36:07-37:24 Is life on the road difficult away from family? @george_battistelli
38:10-41:48 How important is insurance in soccer? @eharren21
Success with the Perfect Soccer Skills Academy @_cristiann.v
45:05-46:43 What do you think an aspiring pro should be doing to get into the USL
46:44-47:49 Thats a wrap for the #AASP Show ep 91!
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Quincy Amarikwa (00:00):
We're all here to ride the MSL waves. You mentioned the strength lead. I'd like to welcome you to another episode of the hashtag ask eight soccer pro [inaudible]. Most people do not actually want to get better at the things that they say they want to get better at it. They just want to talk about stuff here. We don't only talk about it. We execute, we make stuff happen, which is why you can see on the screen right now. You see that first mini pitch that already got created launch in the event in less than six weeks of making the announcement. And I'm extremely proud of our mentality or mindset and the way in which we approach things, because it is that mentality, that mindset, the culture of this team, this community that has helped facilitate the experiences and the understanding necessary to make something like this, like this project and many more of what's to come happen.
Quincy Amarikwa (00:49):
So thank you for, you know, going, going over there, creating yourself an account, and I'm downloading a copy of the book. Uh, Quincy, sorry, I'm a bit late, had homework to finish. You know, I don't have any problem with that. The, uh, education and schoolwork takes priority. You gotta make sure you get that, that homework done before you get to this homework. Uh, but I, I will, I am of the belief that you enjoy this homework much more than the homework you have at school turn on the light. Cause it's starting to get sun starting to go down. So I'll lose light here. Soon, only I had some of that muscle lighting here, but maybe that'll be coming here soon. Um, uh, the real Elden. So the real E L D I N S how important is endurance? The soccer, I would say endurance is vitally vitally important in the game of soccer, obviously at the professional level of the game is 90 minutes and 90 minutes is a long time, especially if you're not in shape.
Quincy Amarikwa (02:02):
So the game is even longer. The lesson shape you're in, uh, which is why endurance is, is a, is a huge advantage or disadvantage for you. If you were someone who is in shape, you understand the importance of, and the advantage that being in shape gives you, especially in the 60th 70th, 80th minute of the game. If, if much of the game is a stalemate, uh, you know, head to head, and that's how a lot of games, especially at the MLS level, a lot of games are kind of gridlock in the first half. Things start opening up in the 60th minute 70th minute, and the players who have that fitness and that next level explosiveness their, their, um, their focus in those later stages of the game tend to be the ones that can, uh, that can make the play that determines the game and get a win. So, and, uh, to help in that head over to perfect soccer skills.com/p S T M create yourself
Quincy Amarikwa (03:00):
A perfect soccer team membership account, and you'll get access to many. I think we've already uploaded all of the previous fitness Fridays episodes that Ross had did, um, that will help in your soccer endurance journey. So we go, okay, great. I'm seeing a lot of, a lot of people joining in Ben Jammin. What's going on? Welcome, welcome. Uh, the one known as Anthony had just said, I feel like the only reason my stamina is good is because my lower body is developed so well, coroner Bleaks need more work. Well, the positive is that you are able to identify what your strengths are. You are also able to identify what your weaknesses are and you know, what you need to do to improve or fully engaged in the three S's of self-awareness shout out, live our pool FC fan page for dropping the link down there. That's pinned up the bottom below for those of you who have yet to watch the three S's of self awareness talk I did with bill Hamid.
Quincy Amarikwa (04:11):
Um, last was that last year. Yeah, last year at his, uh, at his youth camp. Definitely check that out. And if you've already seen it, listen to it again, because there is a lot of golden information in that, uh, in that talk, uh, you know, George dropped in what's. I said, what's up Quincy, Ben Olson got fired today. Yes. I heard the news and, uh, George also asked what my thoughts are on that. So, um, I will, let's get to that. So, uh, for those of you who are unaware, I played for DC United last year, 2019. Um, Ben Olson was the coach then and Ben Olson has been the coach for DC United for, I think it's been over a decade now. Uh, they have not been having too great of a team performances here this year. This season, uh, during the MLS is, uh, MLS is black tournament.
Quincy Amarikwa (05:09):
Um, as well as, uh, getting back to normal play here, I think they just recently lost four zero, two, or I think it's 41 to New York city FC, um, um, this week and some positives from and Moses, uh, and Kevin all got to start in the game, which was, which was amazing to see, um, you know, but they are young, they are rookies. So there, there is going to be definitely a learning curve there and they got punished by a much more experienced team. So, uh, I think just recently the news has now been announced that Ben Olson has been, yeah, George said it was for one, um, I think Ola had scored a penalty that was given for a handball in the box. Um, uh, Ben has officially been
Quincy Amarikwa (05:58):
Let go though. I haven't seen any official announcement of that on the DC United accounts, or maybe it's come in just recently. Um, I think it's been kind of rumors, but it's been confirmed by a lot of DC news outlets, um, that he is being moved out of the head coaching position. I know they will probably be keeping him within the organization in some capacity as an ambassador or something like that. Um, he's a club legend. He's been with the organization for many, many years. Uh, but I think it's, I think it's the right decision, uh, to, to make a change for many, many reasons. Um, too many to go into just full depth on this, on this, uh, on the live here. But I think in terms of just like, is it the right decision? Yes or no? Yes. I believe it's the right decision.
Quincy Amarikwa (06:46):
Now, the next difficult decision to be made is who and how are you going to manage this transition phase between now and when you eventually get your fulltime longterm, longterm head coach. Um, this isn't something that you want to make an immediate decision on here in this moment, unless you've been planning for his replacement for some time. Now that's something that I'm not, you know, I'm not sure what ownership has already been in conversations and talks with up to this point in time, I would imagine that they've at least have a short list and have had conversations or battered around the idea of having a replacement for Ben if and when they were wanting to do so, but nothing surprises me at the professional level, especially in MLS. I wouldn't, I wouldn't be surprised if there's been zero conversations about that. And I wouldn't be surprised if there have been conversations at length about it, take from that, what you want.
Quincy Amarikwa (07:43):
Uh, but the overall difficulty I see for DC United is overcoming a lot of period of time. It doesn't mean I don't, it doesn't mean I don't think DC, if a bullet overcoming it, I think the work they need to do to do that is substantial. And to a degree that I don't know at least to make happen. Um, so that's not to, that's not, that's not to, um, a short term view of what here, you know, at least until the end of the year. But what I do know is it is a great and massive opportunity for the players in the locker room to have a real chance at highlighting why they have earned their spot or they deserve, or yeah, they've earned the spot they have, or they're deserving of an opportunity to earn a spot. I think this is the time where, uh, guys earn their contracts.
Quincy Amarikwa (08:46):
I think this is the time where guys, uh, show their true character who they were actually are and, and people can see it. And I think who you are, who you are in this moment will greatly define how people speak about you, um, in the soccer world, moving forward. And, and we talk a lot about it on this show, you know, network is your net worth and how certain people view you can be massively more influential on your career and your opportunities than, than others. And that that's a, that's not always necessarily fair, but that's how the soccer world works. And we talk about it here. The three S's of self awareness, self honesty is a key pillar, self initiative, self accountability, um, that approach and understanding what it is, gives you in my opinion, the best opportunity, the best chance to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, just like the opportunity to do, uh, this mini pitch here and, uh, build this organization and continue that MSL movement.
Quincy Amarikwa (09:55):
It's a mindset, everybody, it's a adapter die, no excuses. We figured out we take responsibility, leadership forward focus, always moving forward and longterm winners mindset. You know, that's what we're here. That's what we're here talking about. That's what we've been talking about for over 91 plus episodes. Uh, that's what I've been talking about before we started as a sidebar showing us, want me to keep talking about, uh, well, after this show and any subsequent shows that ended up happening, which I think is a great transition into where I'm thinking things in terms of the asset soccer pro show. I liked the show. I enjoy doing the show, but I'm also thinking about getting more dialed in with the show specifically, um, and kind of breaking it up. So I'd love your guys' feedback. So now every, you guys are asking me questions every week, which is great.
Quincy Amarikwa (10:46):
I'm answering that. So I've got some questions for you. I'm thinking of breaking up the Assa soccer pro show right now into two shows. So maintaining the Assa soccer pro show, which is the show where you're asking a pro questions, and I'm talking about specific soccer, soccer, specific questions, you know, within the world of soccer and how that's going, and then doing a secondary show called the mental strength league podcast, where we're talking about mentality, philosophy, ideas, and how that goes that way. I feel like I love the audience. I love the community, but I also know that, you know, sometimes I want to get into deeper discussions in philosophical questions. I think last week someone had asked or last week or the week before someone had asked me my thoughts on God. Um, I was able to get a little bit into that, maybe talk about it, or, you know, five or six minutes, but that's something that can be discussed at much greater length.
Quincy Amarikwa (11:37):
Then, then I was able to touch on that. And, um, I'd like to expand on more conversations, conversations like that. So we'd love your guys' feedback. Uh, you open to that and it really be as simple as just, you know, having another, yeah, basically, basically probably still do an ass soccer show, but limiting the ass soccer, for sure. To just soccer specific questions and then doing like the mental strength lead podcast on a, on another day, you know, like, you know, I dunno Monday Monday's mental strength league podcast or Sundays. Uh, that's where I'm, I'm, I'm still thinking through it. Uh, I think the, the positive of the experiences that I've gotten up to this point from all the work I've been doing is realizing we've got time. We've got some time, um, uh, talk through it, discuss it, and we don't have to make, uh, uh, flying by the seat of your pants decision.
Quincy Amarikwa (12:43):
Uh, but let's see soccer dad for life said, come to Chicago and do this. Oh, um, I know CJ support is involved in working with us to getting one of the pitches made out there, here soon. So I don't know if we'll be able to do it this year because, uh, the acrylics on the tops has to be kind of in decent weather, warmer weather. Um, so I think Chicago, if we, I know we're doing Chicago, I think we're trying to get one done before this year, but if the weather turns, it'll be, we're coming to Chicago. Um, uh, let's see. Let's see. I love seeing you guys have conversations in the, Oh man, I fell behind, fell behind senior spamming that heart button. Uh, George said, Quincy for coach, you got my vote. Hey, I love that. Uh, uh, speaking of coaching, I'm, you know, I'm at that point in my career where I'm, I'm thinking about that transition, I'm thinking about it.
Quincy Amarikwa (13:43):
Um, I guess not even think about it, I'm open to it. If an opportunity presented itself to do it, I think I would take it. Um, obviously I am fit and healthy and I can play. And, um, I I'd love to continue playing and I, I, I want to keep playing, uh, but I'm also, I'm also open to, um, any potential offers, whether that's from a plan capacity, uh, coaching capacity, general management, um, uh, I believe, and I've done only do I believe, I know I could be a very, very, very valuable asset to an organization who would like to have me in a capacity greater than that, of just a soccer player. You guys know the goal is to be an owner one day and to, um, build a dynasty of an organization. And you guys are, you guys are part of that process and I'm, and I've loved the support all along the way, seeing everyone spam that heart button.
Quincy Amarikwa (14:45):
Um, let's see, I guess it fell behind here. So scroll around. See, um, so we got two here, E H a R R E N 21, since soccer is canceled and we'll start back in the fall 20, 21. What can I do to improve my shooting skills and not get tired so quickly? Well, um, that would be, you know, a lot treadmill work and working on the bike and stationary, uh, stationary places, if you're not, uh, running stairs doing, you're not able to do that. This is body weight stuff, um, is a great, great way to do that. As far as the shooting, um, working on your shooting technique and repetition into the wall, I think Ross did an episode, um, one skill, one drill called ball and a wall. That's all you need. It's true. That's all you really actually need the extra stuff.
Quincy Amarikwa (15:43):
All the other stuff is great ways to change it up and to keep yourself engaged and to keep it fresh. But, um, I think I talked about it last week. Learning to fall in love with the monotony of the game is what will set you up for longterm success, right? Doing the boring things and the simple things well and finding enjoyment and love in doing the monotonous is what will give you the greatest chance to improve your game and get better. And while I do that, let me see if I can get the legend got one.
Quincy Amarikwa (16:41):
Alright. Alright. Um, okay. Luca PON, uh, Luca, P O D N a R dot underscore ass. I recently just started a teen diet led by the coach and was bringing if you could post some nutrition tips and recipes on the page. Um, and I'm trying to think, I'm trying to think if I have anything already pre done, cause that would take some time to do, um, a lot of the nutrition stuff and recipe things that I've done is just through personal experience and learning how to do stuff over time. Um, someone I know who does do a lot of nutrition, uh, nutrition, specific things is, uh, Matt Sheldon with become elite. So I think the best place to go for that, that I know of right now is, is his account. So, um, yeah, head over there, let them know, let them know I sent you and ask him for, um, for his, uh, nutrition programs.
Quincy Amarikwa (17:52):
Cause I, I know, I know he does. I know he does that or at least the last time I had seen what he was doing. I know he had that available. Um, uh, the one known as Anthony said in response to what you said, I'm quad Donna dominant, but I've been doing a lot in terms of core workouts from Hills to planks. That's good. Um, I'm hamstring dominant. So we're the opposite. I have to do more like, uh, body weight stuff, lunges, um, and, and work on developing my quads to make up for my hamstrings. Uh, Ben, uh, Jammin said I haven't hopped on in, in a few shows, but I've been playing in keeping the MSL drop the I'm in your head of, geez. I think I just got over halfway through the 10 pushup challenge, much better than my first attempt. Love that Ben doesn't quit.
Quincy Amarikwa (18:47):
You know, Ben makes mistakes then falls off the wagon, but Ben gets right back on. I love seeing that. Um, good luck keep, keep at it. Hoping you make it all the way through the pushup challenge. I'm pretty confident you are the last survivor, the pushup challenge, which is, is amazing to see. Uh, like I said, it is a, it is an extremely difficult challenge because it is extremely difficult to do the simple things. Well, when you don't have to do it. And I think that's the most difficult thing about doing something great and creating something of meaning or impact or doing something influential or great or different. Uh, you have to find a way to stay committed and do the work on the days. You don't want to do the work on the days where there's no one to hold you accountable to doing the work of the times where you can have every excuse in the world, not to do it.
Quincy Amarikwa (19:49):
And this time doesn't matter. And it's it it's, it it's time. It doesn't matter. It's not a big deal if it doesn't matter and it's not a big deal. Yes. Do it. Then do it unless, you know, it matters. And you know, it's a big DSU, but if the reason you're not is, cause it's not a big deal and it doesn't matter, then just do it because it's not a big deal. It doesn't matter. So then just do it again. Ben also said also MSL came in strong yesterday. My team is fortunate to still practice and we split into groups yesterday for a shortsighted drill. My group got toasted and um, others hung their heads. I looked forward to today. I thought about training all day and had a great bounce back training. Thank you for instilling the MSL man mindset inside of me, love that, love that you're going every day.
Quincy Amarikwa (20:35):
Isn't going to be a beautiful day. Every time isn't going to be perfect, everything isn't going to look how you think it should, but every day is an opportunity to embrace the challenge that's in front of you to learn, to grow and to, to appreciate, um, to appreciate the fact that you even have the opportunity when some people would don't even know how to begin to have an opportunity. You have one and that's, that's something to always remain focused on and mindful of, and then loving the mentality, man, uh, loving your commitment. Uh, you know, you did the work to instill that mindset for yourself, you know, and no one can take that away from you. And, um, I'm proud of, I'm proud of you and the work you've been doing. And I'm proud of every, everybody in the community who has been, you know, figuring out or trying their best to find ways to, to take more personal responsibility, uh, you know, improve the things that they can improve, focus on the things that they, that are in their control and, you know, do the best, do the best they can with what they have, you know, and be, and be confident in yourself and proud of that.
Quincy Amarikwa (21:51):
And, and, you know, doing your best to not allow others, negative thoughts or negative opinions or active, you know, active, willingness work or effort to try to tear you down or prevent you from doing what you're doing to prevent you from showing up and doing what you know is right. So thank you to everybody who's committed to that because that is what's necessary to, to, to, you know, to accomplish what we're wanting to accomplish. I think this pandemic has obviously been a very difficult time, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, you know, um, uh, health wise for everybody. And, and I think this experience is going to greatly give everyone the ability to have a common level of understanding for us to all really understand, listen, we're all human. At the end of the day, we have to provide for ourselves to accomplish our goals, to feel safe, to be healthy, to, um, want more for themselves and their families. And, um, I think though this is a difficult uncertain time from this time. I think people will have the experience and the, yeah, I think they'll have the experience that they need to be more appreciative of the abundance that is really surrounds us, you know, access to internet access to just the technology.
Quincy Amarikwa (23:19):
This point in time in human history on a, on a mass scale is the best collective experience for the human race than any other time in human history. Um, and that can be difficult to agree with and understand and be appreciative of, especially when you're going through a really difficult time individually, um, for any reason. Um, and I, I say this because I understand, you know, I'm speaking from experience. I'm not saying that it's not difficult. I'm not saying that it's not hard. Um, uh, what I am saying is relatively speaking, this would be the time that I would want to be alive, right? The, the, the chance that the individual actually has to create something meaningful for themselves has never been easier. I put easier in quotes because ease is relative is a relative term, but, um, I'd say this is the time where most people have the opportunity to do, do you do that?
Quincy Amarikwa (24:27):
And I say that because at the start of this, I was expressing like, I've been playing soccer for over 30 years now. And in the course of my life, I'd never had access to an entire training center with books, tools, resources, video webinars, breakdowns, time management, sheets, uh, positioning tactics, uh, you know, literally everything, anything and everything, how contract negotiations, all the things I had to learn, the hard way from doing, you know, just being thrown into the lion's den has been broken down and put into a training center that everyone came in access to for free.
Quincy Amarikwa (25:07):
I did not have access to that when I started, which is why I put so much time, effort and energy into, you know, any person at any level in the game can have access to the information that can help them if they're looking and willing to help themselves get to where they want to go. So, um, you know, I appreciate, I appreciate the community and I appreciate everybody joining in and sticking with me and, uh, and listening to me. So, uh, thank you for that. Uh, Julian Kush, seeing the spam of the heart button. Thank you very much. I appreciate that everybody. Um, I've been trying to get a court just liking on getting a court here. Um, if you guys follow at them, know where you're wanting a pitch built or, you know, the community that you're in. Um, I, I can't guarantee and promise that they're going to build one there, but I do know that they're always actively looking for speak with individuals and organizations to, to find, uh, funding and to find the best locations to put, uh, put the pitches. So please reach out to them directly. Uh, George said ruthless pursuit of the MSL. I love that. Uh, mace Mac I E underscore ESL MSL podcast. Heck yes. Love that. Um, that would be great. I like that sounds like a good idea. You should take it for a test run. All right guys. Hey, I like that. Thank you very much.
Quincy Amarikwa (26:36):
Uh, uh, Jordan said Quincy is always ready to pontificate breaking it up is a great idea. Okay. Yeah, I was, I liked the flow and I like how we can go off on tangents and kind of go off on rifts and rants and all that kind of stuff. But I also know the name of the show is asked the soccer pro show. And if I ended up going on a 15 minute rant, uh, I won't say rant, you know, the philosophical journey, uh, maybe people aren't getting, you know, the they're trying to pop in and get answers to questions. I'm also thinking of making it. Ooh. Okay. Now I'm thinking about it more, maybe making the ass soccer pro show like a private zoom, a zoom link that people can attend and participate. I think that would be pretty cool. Almost like a perfect soccer office hours.
Quincy Amarikwa (27:27):
And then the MSL mindset podcast can be like the live one where it's kind of going like that. Uh, I don't know again, still thinking through it, but I appreciate, I already appreciate the feedback. Cause it gets me thinking. Um, Julian said I really enjoy how the ass soccer pro show is working right now. I see no need to change, but an additional show would be great. Okay. Love that. So I like, I like it. Ben said as long as I can hop on to sequencing at 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM EST, I'm down. I'd love to listen to a podcast as well. Could you get it on Spotify? Uh, yes, uh, uh, the Assa soccer pro show and all of our show and perfect soccer podcast, all of that is on Spotify. So if you go to perfect soccer skills.com/radio, that should take you to our anchor account, but that anchor also has Apple, Spotify. Um, what is it? I forget what Google's version is and it's got all of them there. So I know we're on Spotify.
Quincy Amarikwa (28:22):
Um, Jesus, the OJI longterm winners mindset. That's right. Lucas said DC next year. Uh, uh, lucky eyes. Hey, you never know. You never know. Uh, I think once hopefully things get back to you some type of normalcy in terms of just, uh, the season next year, but, uh, I'm not overly optimistic of that. It just seems like some of the cases of COVID are starting to pick back up and there might be kind of a second wave and that might, uh, change the way in which clubs are having to engage in local market games. Uh, I think they'll figure out a way to get it done. Uh, but I don't, I don't know if games are getting back to normal soon. Um, uh, one of them is Anthony said, if you can do that court in the Bay area, that'd be dope. Uh, there's space in my hometown of Alameda.
Quincy Amarikwa (29:20):
Um, you have an indoor soccer facility and an old Navy base. There's plenty of room for a court like that. Okay. Yeah. I don't know if they've talked about anything in the Bay area like Oakland Vacaville, any of those areas. I think I'm thinking Compton right now, Hawthorne, Torrance, uh, Bakersfield, uh, shout out Bakersfield, um, Chicago, Florida, and then obviously a whole lot more. Now that Adidas has come in as an as official partner. I know that things are probably gonna get moving more quickly in terms of ramping up the number of pitches. I know Moscow lighting is looking to ramp up as well, too. They really enjoyed and really liked the initial opening event and are wanting to, I think, scale those efforts as well as, uh, potentially, uh, Wells Fargo is, is looking to continue to expand, um, expand on, you know, their commitments as well too.
Quincy Amarikwa (30:19):
So I think there's a, there's a lot of opportunity, a lot of great, um, yeah, a lot of pipelines. So I love the ideas and feedback and I greatly encourage you guys to follow us soccer foundation, muscle lighting, tell them Quincy saying, I would much appreciate that if you guys could go and follow muscular guiding us soccer foundation on Twitter, on Instagram and drop an I'm in your head emoji on their account and say, Hey, the MSL is here with you. Uh, you know, the MSL army is here and strong. I would greatly appreciate that. Um, yeah, our community is, is a loyal following and I love, I love our community. I love seeing the I'm in your head. Emojis dropped on, you know, the MLS accounts on the, on the meme accounts on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, literally, everything. I love seeing it. Um, and it's great to, um, it's great to see, uh, I think I don't have the screenshots I'd show the screenshots of, you know, I love seeing all the accounts when they, when they put them in your head emoji when they're sharing, whatever it is that we're doing, you know, I'm loving it, loving it, everybody.
Quincy Amarikwa (31:33):
Uh, when you guys take pictures, uh, of the I'm in your head, wherever you are tagged that account, uh, it, it, it, uh, puts a smile on my face. Um, let's see. Let's see, Joe Jackson asked, would you have, would you have like classes while your coach for the whole team to teach about the MSL? Yeah. So what I would do if I was a coach is basically have designated mentality training course. So I've worked with many players, obviously over the course of years. So I have a curriculum in a, in a, in a, in a way in which to help manage players and their development over time, age in their career, uh, has a different goals and aspirations, um, and to managing players mentality, especially with like the state of the world and how the game is about change. A lot of coaches obviously are old school, uh, you know, cause that's what it is that we're talking about. New school, a new school techniques, new school thinking, um, and a new school approach to the game. So not everybody's on board with it yet, but that's okay. That's okay. We just need one. We just,
Quincy Amarikwa (32:48):
I need one. And, um, uh,
Quincy Amarikwa (32:53):
Specific to, to your question, it's really teaching the culture. So the MSL, the MSL is the mindset and the mentality, but the way in which we develop it is the culture, right? The seven step process, the AmeriCorps process, the three S's of self awareness, honesty, self initiative, self-accountability growth mindset, teamwork, attention to details, passion fun. And that is, that is the process. That is the system. That's what we stick to. That's what we preach. And we, uh, we learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. And when people make mistakes, we make magic. You know what it is. Um, it's not too, it's not too difficult, a concept or an idea. Um, it's pretty simple, which is why most people ignore it. And they don't think it's as powerful and as impactful as it is because it is so simple, but that's what makes it so good. So unique and so powerful is because it's simple. Once you get it, you give it.
Quincy Amarikwa (33:43):
And, um, um,
Quincy Amarikwa (33:46):
What's difficult is remaining committed to it over the longterm, but once you get committed to it and it becomes a lifestyle change for you and you, you adopt it and you realize and see how it's a positive influence, a positive impact on your life and those around you. It's kind of hard to find a reason to not continue to practice it. It's, you know, be very similar to, you know, if you never, you never brush your teeth before in life. And then you got a root canal. And then you learned about brushing your teeth for two minutes a day and seeing the doc, seeing the dentist once every six months, once you have that root canal, you know why you're brushing your teeth? You know why you're seeing the dentist, cause you don't want to experience that again. But a lot of people haven't ever experienced that root canal.
Quincy Amarikwa (34:31):
Um, so they don't know, but you don't have to. When I talk about learning from the mistakes of others, you don't have to have your own root canal to just practice brushing your teeth two minutes a day. And if you'd never done that before, it might be annoying, it might be difficult. It might be difficult. Uh, I say difficult twice, cause that's, it might be, it might be difficult or hard to implement or do, but after you do it for a month, two months, three months, then it becomes lifestyle. It doesn't become so difficult. It's not hard. It's just what you do and what you do prevent cavities, prevent root canals, saves you money, saves you time and a terrible experience in the future. But if you're someone who has to learn the hard way and needs to learn the hard way, go on that path to get that root canal. And once you do the MSL mentality, his mindset is still here, here, uh, here for you.
Quincy Amarikwa (35:19):
So, uh, love that. Yeah.
Quincy Amarikwa (35:23):
Soccer dead for life says Chicago fire needs you in any capacity. I agree. And I thank you for that. I very much appreciate that. A was, she'd also do some youth camps across the nation. Uh, this is something that I hope we'll probably
Quincy Amarikwa (35:38):
I'll probably be able to do in some capacity starting maybe next year. Um, me in the past would say like, yeah, we could do one this off season and throw it together and do all that. I fully understand the process. Now I understand the time it takes the effort, the energy, the money, the, and then also we're in a pandemic. So that creates its own issues. But I, uh, that would be something we could plan for for next year, for sure. But I love the fact that you guys would be open to that. And down for that, uh, George had said his life on the road, hard, tough to be away from the family. That's when the real MSL must come in. Yes. Life on the road is very difficult for many, many different reasons, especially, you know, I've got two kids now and a wife.
Quincy Amarikwa (36:20):
So being away from them can get difficult. Uh, luckily, uh, the wife and kids have moved out here to Las Vegas with me. So we've been together here at least this last week and a half, which has been great, uh, two weeks. But when I first got out here to Vegas, uh, you know, uh, I came with Ronnie, uh, so we were scoping out Las Vegas and getting set, set up and uh, learning how to navigate and what, what it's looking like here. Um, but I guess I've been doing it for a long time. So like I said, I understand what to do. I know what to expect, but it still doesn't change the difficulty of it when you're in it. And especially when you're going through the tough times. Um, uh, so everyone out there, you're not alone, even though you might feel like you are, uh, even though it might seem like everything's stacked against you and nobody understands, um, many people are going through that very same experience.
Quincy Amarikwa (37:16):
So, uh, yeah, you're not alone. You're definitely not alone. Um, uh, the said, hi, man, how are you doing? I'm doing well. I'm going to talk with you guys. Still Joshua says still on that pushup grind 100 a day since March loved that, uh, keep at it. Uh, Paul's, Paul's dropped by PG sports. Would I, Paul? Um, how can I improve my performance as a midfielder? Well, give me a little bit of more background. Um, E H a R E N 21 asks how to improve as a filter. Uh, give me a little bit more context so I can give you more specific answer. And we've got about 10 minutes here, left before Instagram will officially kick me off. So if you guys got questions, make sure you guys dropped them off them in, okay. Is here we go, this is, this is different. So how important is insurance in soccer?
Quincy Amarikwa (38:28):
I think insurance is vitally important. If you are a player who is without, and you're trying to make, uh, you know, uh, semi-pro team professional team make it to the next level. I think it would be very wise of you to make the investment in having some type of insurance for yourself. Um, yeah, because your body is, is your means of production is your means of work. And the likelihood that you're going to get an injury playing this sport is pretty much a hundred percent if you play for long enough. So, um, I think insurance would be a great move. And on the individual side, as you know, groups of kids and doing camps, I almost, I think insurances is important and, uh, the MSL mentality and investing in your mindset and mentality is like purchasing insurance. Um, you're, you're mentally preparing for and how you'll react during difficult times so that you make it through those difficult times and, and grow stronger as a result.
Quincy Amarikwa (39:31):
And aren't completely wiped out of the game. So I'm a big advocate for parents. Um, but I'll, it's cheap. I'm about purchasing pandemic insurance three or four years ago when it's pennies on the dollar, not in the peak of it right now. Now I'd say, look at what you could purchase for pennies on the dollar now, because everybody's focused on something else and that ensures you in the future. So, um, purchase the cheap insurance now for your future. So it's not, it doesn't cost you as much in the long run. Um, Daniel question was, do you see my comments in the answer to that question is yes. I see your comment. I see your comment right now. Let's see what we got here.
Quincy Amarikwa (40:28):
Christian dropped an MSL and then I'm in your head emoji. Thanks for dropping by, um, Christian say Quincy, I just want to tell you that I bought your program if few months ago. And I just wanted to tell you I have improved a lot from using it. Thank you very much. I appreciate that feedback. I'm glad to hear that. You've gotten a lot out of that. So what Christian is referencing is perfect soccer skills Academy. When you create your perfect soccer team membership account and get access to all of our tax books, tools, and resources, um, for free and a free week of our weekly B pro program, you also have the option to purchase skills Academy, which is, um, the soccer training program, Ross and myself did, um, and put together, um, during my time with Chicago and it was really breaking down and putting together everything I was doing, especially at that time when I was having, you know, my, you know, would say career season a leader in goals and points for the organization and when Quincy time, uh, came to life. So, um, that's the program that he's referencing. And I love to hear that you've found a lot of success with it. Um, let's see. Um, okay.
Quincy Amarikwa (41:57):
Uh, who here has scored a goal and used I'm in your head as if, okay. So the one on that Anthony said, uh, who here scored a goal and use the I'm in your head as a goal celebration. If nobody has done it yet, there's something wrong. I agree, uh, uh, live our pool of FC fan page said, Anthony, I'm planning on doing that here. You're seeing love that. I got to see more I'm in your head emoji celebrations, when you guys score goals, you know, take those pictures, tag me in the account. I'm happy to be shared.
Quincy Amarikwa (42:37):
Uh, Luke said, I think we should also have another show with other, I also want to kind of get back to you interviewing people on the show as well, to breaking down their mentality and their mindset. Um, but I think the us soccer program has been great because it's given me an opportunity you guys, and, and talk through the, answer, your questions and kind of bounce between mentality, mindset, nutrition, fitness, um, philosophy, you know, contract negotiations. What's going to last and overseas and all that kind of stuff, which has been great. And I think through this, through this show, through these conversations, through this community, I have a very clear idea of how we can make, uh, we can compartmentalize the shows and do you know, like five, five shows we could do mental strength, lead podcast, ask the soccer pro show, um, you know, uh, mental, you know, mental strength league interview, or ask a soccer pro show interview.
Quincy Amarikwa (43:31):
Maybe I could go back and forth between the two it's one show where I'm asking questions. Then the following week is I'm interviewing a professional soccer player and then we're going back and forth. So even this, you guys are seeing the process of how I refined through ideas, take you guys as feedback, think through it, how to make it as impactful as possible. Like I know everybody doesn't need all their questions, every single necessarily every single week, or we don't have enough content for that or questions cause people are still working through their stuff and figuring things out. So maybe making the show every other, I like, I actually really liked that. So one show is like the first show of the month I'm asking, I'm answering questions community. The second show of the month is an interview with a pro player.
Quincy Amarikwa (44:32):
Third is answering question four is pro player. And then once a week, every week we're diving into mentality and philosophy. And I can talk at length and talk through ideas and stuff and people can listen in if they're inclined and then maybe ask heavier questions, ones that take more time and have more, need more discussion to get into, um, um, bring pro should be doing to get into the, to the USL. I think obviously doing all the things you need to do playing in as many games as you can getting as much experience as you can playing the game. If you, if at all possible doing as much individual training and work on your own, um, obviously creating a perfect cyber team membership account, reading every single book we've written, watching every and watching the three S's of self awareness. There's two the tools and resources that I'm talking to you guys, and I'm sharing with you every single week and encouraging you to go and watch and listen to you and you don't do it then you don't want to be a pro.
Quincy Amarikwa (45:39):
And the reason why I say that is because there's a lot of kids out there. Um, there are a lot of players out there who are doing the work on their own to read the bushel work and all that. And they're going to get better. They're going to improve over time and that's who your competition is when you're going out for a trial or trying to get an opportunity. A piece of that is network networking, networking, networking, um, network is your net worth. It's even harder because you just got to start somewhere. And that might mean being an intern for free with someone. And you're working there for them for six months, for a year to learn the industry, to get some time, to understand how it works and then get your next connection and build from there. Um, if you really want it and, and you're really about it, you're going to dedicate the time to making it happen.
Quincy Amarikwa (46:27):
And you won't accept no as an offer for an know, for an answer you're going to, you're going to do the work. You're going to figure it out. And that's what all of this, all these tools and resources are here for, to help you with that. So I'm go and said, I know we're almost out of time here, so just want to say another great live, loved it and have a great week. Thank you very much. I really appreciate that. Um, uh, I really, I really, really do, uh, Nicola asks thoughts on Ben Olson being released from the position. I talked about that earlier. So, um, you can check out the replay and, um, hear my thoughts on that. Uh, Joe said I've done it when I've gotten into the heads of some of my opponents love, hear that, uh, Dylan drop the questions. All the feedback, uh, this week has been very, very helpful. And, um, please be on the lookout for the final content from the mini pitchy van. I think it be on the accounts here soon. And, uh, as well as a couple of other projects we've been working on that, uh,
Quincy Amarikwa (47:30):
We're waiting for the official, like legal sign-offs to go live with. So
Quincy Amarikwa (47:35):
I appreciate it. Appreciate everybody.