Posts Tagged ‘Motivation’

Alex Youngblood – Music and Motivation

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

I’ve always had trouble in the motive part of Barefooting, or in other words I wasn’t motivated enough, so I needed something to motivate me. So I started listening to music before I went out, and that really helped because I would go out timid and scared to fall and not really focused, but the music kind of mellowed mw out and gave me this mindset that like, if I fall, I will just have to get back up. I hear a lot of the really advanced barefooters say that Barefooting is 99 percent mental and 1 percent physical, and they are more than right. If you go out thinking you are going to fall, you’re going to fall. If there is one thing I have learned, it is you are never productive with a bad attitude. Music is a really good way to reset your mind. Music isn’t the only thing that motivated me this year. When I went to regional and national tournament, I had some really good competition that could do more than me.  I thought, wow, I got some work to do!!!! Hard work can beat talent anytime, if someone wants it more than you, they will get it. SO motivation and mind set is a huge thing in barefoot waterskiing.

The World Barefoot Center: One Big Family

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The WBC family

The World Barefoot Center is an amazing place. It may be known for barefoot waterski coaching, but off the water is a whole other learning experience. At the WBC, life long lessons are being taught, many friendships are being built, and skills across the whole board are being learned.

On occasion, Swampy will have everyone give speeches. These range from motivational speeches all the way to speeches about losing. No matter the topic, for me personally, this has instilled into me communication skills that are hard to obtain. This really opened me up as a person and made me feel comfortable speaking to and in front of people. Even if you are already an expert on people, there is always something to learn, and something that will be learned at the WBC.

The WBC is looked at as a second family to me, something comparable to most sports teams. There is an unexplainable bond between us athletes. Inside jokes and memories are constantly being made, both on and off the water. You never feel alone at the WBC. There is always some sort of support and friendship to lean on.

The sport of barefooting exposes athletes to a great environment, whether it is tournaments, practice, or even just hanging out together. Life-long lessons are being learned every day. They are being learned from everyone, as well as being taught from everyone. Communications, goals, lifestyles, are just few of many skills being traded in the sport of barefoot waterskiing.
I truly do feel part of one big family at the World Barefoot Center, and also at any barefooting event.

Joey Tombers


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Dave Ramsey helping out the World Barefoot Center

Friday, January 6th, 2012

After reading Dave Ramsey’s book EntreLeadership, many things he shared in his book sunk deep into my slowly maturing mind.  I figured since he listened to me during a few clinics I hosted with him, why not listen to him?  All kidding aside, Dave did everything I told him during the barefoot waterskiing clinic even when I knew he did not want to. He accomplished great things on the water as a result.  I also do the things Dave preaches on his website, live events and his books, even though saving money can be difficult.  He trusts me and I trust him.

After reading about “Mission Statements” in EntreLeadership, I introduced the idea to my team at the World Barefoot Center.  Our business has grown immensely in under three years and now that we had a solid foundation, it was time to create a mission statement.

Dave Ramsey and World Champion Keith St.Onge Barefoot Water Skiing

Should we have had a “Mission Statement” from the beginning?  Yes.  As a small business in its early stages, it would have been great to have from the beginning to keep everyone focused.  If we would have had a statement, I’m positive it would have changed us, as we were being pulled in many different directions during the beginning years.  A Mission Statement would have given us direction and motivation.  When everyone is looking in the same direction with the same task and goals at hand, you have a powerful ship moving full steam ahead.  That’s what a Mission Statement does.

We decided to all write a mission statement within a few days; meet again and share our ideas with one another.  Our master writer, AJ Porreca, took our statements and wrote several models using various sentences we provided.  We all gave our opinions on what we liked and did not like and finally came up with our “Mission Statement” for the World Barefoot Center.  I can truly say I am proud to be a part of a TEAM that represents our “Mission!”  We believe in our mission statement so much we are going to paint it on the wall of the ski school:

“To build champions on and off the water, show commitment to the improvement of our students beginner to advanced and utilize our business as a catalyst to ignite passion and growth within the sport.”

As I pass the book, EntreLeadership, to my team to read, I look forward to practicing what Dave preaches.  Just as my students at the WBC ski school trust in me to practice what I preach.

Thank you for your guidance and friendship, Dave!

By: Keith St.Onge