For those who follow BTI, you know we present insight whereby the rest of the world lacks awareness. Why and how? For decades, our prime interest has been upon why people do what they do more than what they do. As others continually focus on the what (or superficially on the whys), we value and search for the deep prompters of human behavior particularly innate ones.

What is most exciting, yet equally sobering, is that mankind can finally know, truly, what makes people tick thanks to the recent discovery of 16 DNA-driven designs. Couple these with the environmental/ nurturing (plus spiritual) factors available for gathering, and one can know virtually all there is to know about a person. Of course this to be done for the common good and by the Golden Rule.

Today we focus our attention on a revered college basketball coach who passed away over the weekend. Known by many even outside sports, he was a Hall of Fame “innovator” that won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal, and set what at the time was the record for career coaching victories in 1997. Known for his discipline, organizational skills, and his no-nonsense approach to the game of basketball, Dean Smith (#7 FEIL) was a true-blue, old-school college coach. “He graduated more than 96% of his players and taught his teams to point to the teammate who passed them the ball after a basket,” said President Obama (#13 FCIR) in his personal tribute.

My basketball philosophy boils down to six words: play hard, play together, play smart,” Smith wrote in 2004.” (‘Playing) hard’ meant with effort, determination and courage. ‘Together’ meant unselfishly, trusting your teammates. … ‘Smart’ meant with good execution and poise, treating each possession as if it were the only one in the game.”

Knowing Smith’s inborn Brain Type, none of these statements come as any surprise for the #7 “Supervisor.”  They enjoy nothing more than deciding what must be done and then putting into practice procedures that hasten the finished product. Logical, practical, industrious, capable, energetic, dependable, traditional, defensive-minded, and yes, critical, Dean Smith was ever true to his Type, and it’s what “made” him, literally, a successful basketball coach.

If interested in hoops, do you recall the 4-corner offense (actually it was a stall)? Created to keep the lead in a game, it spread the floor intending to have the defense rendered useless as they fatigued themselves scrambling in pursuit of the ever-moving ball. Leave it to conservative and Left-brained Coach Smith to popularize this tactic in the 1960s. By the 1980s, however, the Right-brained coaches (and fans) rebelled and the modern shot clock was finally instituted.

We’ve carefully followed Coach Smith for decades, and he was included in Jon Niednagel’s first printing (1992) of Your Key to Sports Success. (By the way, another person in that revolutionary book was an unknown, early teen golfer by the name of Tiger Woods who just so happened to have Coach Smith’s opposite BT, the rare #10 BCAR.) Dean Smith, like unique snowflakes we all are within each BT, had his own one-of-a-kind experiences and ideas; this made him (so to speak) variety 6,357,255 of all #7s Even among #7s, there will never be another Coach Smith.

Of course, Smith will forever be remembered as the coach who’s 1982 lineup included future NBA stars Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR), James Worthy (#6 BEIR) and Sam Perkins (#1 FEAR), who went on to beat Georgetown 63-62 for Smith’s first national title, with Jordan hitting he winning jumper and Worthy intercepted an errant Georgetown pass to seal the title Jordan said in a recent statement, “Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith. He was more than a coach he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father.  Coach was always there for me whenever I needed him and I loved him for it.

Written by: Staff
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