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Above & beyond.

Every one of the thousands of football players I’ve coached over 40 years wanted to win. They wanted championship rings. They wanted to get to the next level. They wanted to turn pro. They have dreams like we all do. The toughest part of my coaching job is to get my players to buy into a championship work ethic. There is no tougher job than selling championship work ethic because championship work ethic is hell. I start with the same message every season: (i) it’s easy to want to be the best at something but it’s not easy getting it done, (ii) dreams are not enough because you’re not the only one with dreams, and (iii) your competition has the same dreams as you, probably even bigger dreams.

Championship work ethic requires going above and beyond. The concept of above and beyond has an abstract definition, open to wide-ranging interpretation. Above and beyond requires raising the bar higher than your competition is willing and capable of raising it. It’s easy to fool yourself that you and your team are working hard. It’s easy to be satisfied that you have gone above and beyond. But it’s not easy to prove until game day. The only proof is when you step on the field. On game day, this point gets across literally and figuratively, on the scoreboard for the whole world to count. S/he who raised the bar the highest, wins. Those who didn’t, lose. The scoreboard is evidence beyond reasonable doubt about who defined above and beyond best.

Vinny Paz knows the correct definition of above and beyond. Vinny is a five-time world champion boxer. Martin Scorsese has produced a movie about Vinny’s life, called, ‘Bleed For This.’ The Los Angeles Times has mentioned the movie as a potential Oscar nominee in 2017 for best movie. World championships don’t just happen. Nothing just happens. Nothing happens randomly, accidentally, or overnight. You don’t become the best in the world randomly, accidentally, or overnight. It takes a #process that looks like hell, sounds like hell, and feels like hell. If your team has become victim of the post-modern entitlement attitude, please send them the link to Vinny’s interview on Blunt Talk Podcast: Vinny is the second world champion guest on Blunt Talk Podcast. The first was Dave Dayboll, jiu-jitsu world champion. Both interviews are free, permanently archived downloads, compliments of X Fitness.

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Blessings & all good things.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

Football Head coach – Niagara X-Men Football

Gym Owner – X Fitness Welland Inc.


Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. Currently, he is finishing another book in his non-fiction series: Mystery of Murder: Working with the Dead. His website features the rest of his books including:

  1. Football coaching and non-fiction books: SWAT System: Offense and Defense, SWAT Tackling Video (with accompanying eBook), and 4th & Hell: Season One and Season Two
  2. Business Books: Selling H.E.L.L. in Hell, True Confessions, and eBooks: Soul of Selling, and, Real Business Relationships = Sales
  3. Fat Loss Book: Fat Losing
  4. Workout System: eXplode: The X Fitness System
  5. Motivational Books: Soul of a Lifter, and eBooks: The Pledge, and, The Focus
  6. Children’s Books: Be Fit Don’t Quit, and, The Beauty of a Dream
  7. Policing Textbook: Arcaro’s Interrogation Case Law

Gino Arcaro’s books are also available on, www.Chapters/, in both soft cover and eBook format.


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