Good rules for being a good coach and for being a good person from one of the best coaches ever.
In life, in lifting, and in coaching, there are shortcuts that you can take, times where you can choose to turn a blind eye because we're lazy or scared to do the right thing.
I play for the long game. Set up the foundations and basics now so that we can build upon them later on. In life, I choose to do the right thing because it's what I would want done for me and because it helps bring peace to my heart and soul - it helps me sleep at night.
In terms of doing the best we can - fortunately or unfortunately, we don't come in with all the answers. I know I'm a good coach but I also know that I don't know everything.
Also each athlete is different, so what works for one athlete may not work for another - so in that sense, it's like starting fresh each time. The only thing I can do, and the only thing I ask my athletes to do, is to do my best and for them to do their best.
For the lifters...