Iron sharpens iron

How true this is - the biblical concept of iron sharpening iron.  Proverbs 27:17 reads, 'As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.'

Training or working in isolation is tough.  Sharing ideas, bouncing off of and at times challenging each other only serves to sharpen us.  As players, we need practice partners and peers to train with on-court and as coaches we need each other to work alongside. 

My coaching over the last week has been sharper.  Why?  One colleague gave me a book to read with some great reminders in it, another challenged me on a particular area of serving technique, yet another inspired me with her forever positive attitude and work ethic. A further conversation today led to a new and better perspective.

Get alongside somebody with the right energy and attitude and a two-way sharpening begins, as long as we 'bring it' as well, otherwise we can become a parasitic blunting force.