Excellence requires never accepting the word “NO”


National Champs 9 times

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with an individual that I admire and respect since starting at TWU. His name is Frank Kudlac, the only head coach in the illustrious history of TWU Gymnastics, is entering his 32nd season as leader of the TWU Pioneer gymnastics team.  The growth and success of the program is a great credit to his work ethic and demand for excellence.

TWU Athletic website describes him well.  Kudlac, who started the TWU gymnastics team in 1978 as a club sport, has led the Pioneers to nine USA Gymnastics (USAG) Collegiate National Championships. TWU won four USAG titles in a row from 1993-1996. Since their initial title run, the Pioneers have claimed the USAG crown on four more occasions – 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2008. No other school has won more than two USAG Collegiate National Championships.

Coach Kudlac has a history of excellence in his coaching career. I had to ask this question – What is the secret to achieving excellence? I will never forget his answer – He said Never accept No – always ask what else they can give you?” The ability to convince people that they can reach a new level requires knowing when to push to keep them moving towards excellence. Most often – people don’t push themselves to get better because it may be difficult to achieve. Small steps become huge in getting closer to reaching that goal.  In many cases, these small steps lead to big gains in ability and confidence.

Are there areas of improvement in your work or office – where you should never accept No?

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