In today’s episode, Rob celebrates you, the ordinary man or woman and takes you through the small, day to day victories that need celebrating more often. Rob discusses how social media often causes people to compare their lives with celebrities online, how we never truly understand how much work goes into the production of football behind the scenes and why as leaders, managers and coaches, you should celebrate yourself and your players daily.



There are a few downsides to social media such as the comparative nature of it. You may have fallen victim to comparing yourself to others and what they chose to share online. You may be wondering if you are meeting the same criteria as them and if you are as successful as them? It becomes easy to have a vision of the world whereby you believe that you need to attain the highest possible status that you can.


There is football played all around the world at different levels and in different environments. Some people play for fun and other people play competitively. There is not just the elite premier league football. It is not just about the player, team or manager of the moment. It is much more than that, it is actually about you and where you are.


Behind all the facade of celebrity culture, mainstream and social media, there is a whole world out there of people going about their daily lives continuously doing what they love and what they have to do to make a living. They are going about their business with no fuss, drama or publicity, just getting on with it.


So much in the natural world is unseen. You may look out at a picture of the ocean and see an iceberg, it is an enormous structure yet 9/10 of the iceberg are not visible, it is under the surface. There are so many fundamental cogs in the wheel that you do not see, that go into making football games run smoothly, not visible to the naked eye.


As leaders, managers and coaches you should celebrate your players and yourselves. Celebrate the people who turn up to training every single week, the coaches who do their session plans every week. Gain the little incremental victories day by day, instead of looking at social media and comparing yourself to unattainable lifestyles, give yourself a reality check, relocate yourself and reset yourself.


Power to you for being the ordinary man or woman, for being the one who turns up, for being the one who listens to the podcast in the hopes that they can find something they can improve in themselves. Power to you for doing what you do without social media and without the glory, but doing it because you love it, you are good at it and because there are people relying on you.




“We live in an era of celebrity culture.”

“There are all these people going about their business, doing what they love and what it is that they’re great at.”

“That is the greatness that is not celebrity.”

“Power to you, for being the ordinary man.”



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Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA, and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non-League and grassroots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.


Rob Ryles prides himself on having a forward thinking and progressive approach to the game built through his own experience as well as lessons learned from a number of highly successful managers and coaches.


The Leader Manager Coach Podcast is where we take a deep dive examining knowledge, philosophies, wisdom and insight to help you lead, manage and coach in football, sport and life.



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