Ten days ago the world lost a sporting legend, Johan Cruyff. If you’ve never heard the name before, you could be forgiven for thinking that he might be an old ship captain, or maybe some forgotten inventor. The name sounds a bit grizzly and angular, and would certainly fit a big game hunter or gold miner. He wasn’t though—he was a world famous soccer player from the Netherlands. So, how could he possibly have any wisdom that applies to the LSAT?
Cruyff was both a player and a coach, but more importantly he was a visionary. As a player, he won the award for world’s best player three times. He led the Netherlands to the finals of the 1974 World Cup, where he was, incidentally, named best player of the tournament. He was so good that there’s even a famous football move named after him, The Cruyff Turn. As a manager, he was one of Barcelona’s most successful overseers, and was instrumental in the founding of their powerful and celebrated youth training academy. As a soccer thinker, many commentators credit Cruyff as being the father of modern football, and he was a leading advocate for Total Football, a fluid, attacking style of play that has at times dominated the soccer world.
I’ll cut short the history lesson, but what interests me most about Cruyff is that many of his soccer insights apply well to LSAT preparation. He was a well-known figure and quite quotable. And although he never specifically spoke about the LSAT (because why would he?), let’s take a look at a few of his comments and see what we can learn:
I could probably go on with Cruyff quotes for a while (“Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake” and “There is only one ball, so you need to have it” come to mind) but I’ll close it down here. Just keep in mind that one of the world’s best athletes thought that his mind and vision were more important than any innate physical talent he had. Sometimes it’s not your natural gifts but the ones you work on that make you as good as you can be.
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