Squash Players Make Terrible Referees

I recently competed in the 2009 Australian Masters Squash and World Masters Games Competitions reaching the top 12 and 18 National and International Rankings respectively. I tell you this so you know I am qualified to make the statement that squash players make terrible referees. But here’s the thing that boggles my mind. They don’t know they suck.

At the 2009 World Masters Games, I had a match that was horribly refereed – I mean it was absolutely horrendous – it wasn’t biased – the calls were bad for me AND my opponent. But the calls were just plain wrong. The referee and the marker BOTH had NO CLUE how to referee a match EVEN THOUGH they were 50 to 60 year olds with 30+ squash playing experience.

How can that be?

Then it hit me, like a beginner’s exaggerated follow-through on the back-hand swing across the head…

They don’t know because they don’t know.

Then it hit me again – it’s no different to so-called business and life coaches who claim they know how to coach.

Then don’t know they suck – and many of their clients don’t know they suck.

So, what’s the point?

Beware who you get as a personal or business coach.

That’s all I have to say – ask them what makes them qualified to coach you.

Ask them for the results they achieved for themselves (and then others) and you’ll quickly realise that many of them are coaching because they don’t know how to play the game of business AND WIN. They couldn’t make a go of it in business or their careers and decided to start coaching – many because they didn’t have a choice. They hit the dead end of the road.

Plus, they don’t have the skills to coach.

Trust me – playing does not make you a coach or referee.

To play is ONE thing – to referee or coach is quite another.

All champions KNOW how to referee – NOT because they are better players, but BECAUSE they LEARN TO REFEREE properly.

That is the distinction for you today – re-read the previous sentence again.

All champions KNOW how to referee – NOT because they are better players, but BECAUSE they LEARN TO REFEREE properly.


By learning to REFEREE, champions learn to PLAY BETTER, more strategically and AVOID the bad calls the beginners make.

Champions in business do the same.

I learned cognitive learning styles, organisational behaviour, critical thinking, logical reasoning, foundations of administrative thought, self efficacy, affectivity, hygiene and motivational factors and other KEY principles early in my career for autodidactic reasons knowing they would propel my results exponentially.

I’ve triangulated the learnings of peak performance expert Anthony Robbins, marketing legend Jay Abraham and sales master Brian Tracy to unleash the Exponential Potential in my own businesses, retiring from the proverbial Rat Race in 2005 at 42 years of age.

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