The Complex Work to Get to Simplicity i.e. Thoughts from My Journey to Revolutionize the Sport of Fencing

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I’m on a red eye flight back from Palo Alto, California to NYC where I’ve spent the past few days working with IDEO to wrap up our current round of work to revolutionize the equipment system of fencing.  This is my 3rd trip out to work with them over the past few months.   Flights always seem to rev up my visionary, strategic and practical thinking processes all the same time. In the future when I tell the story of how we revolutionized fencing more than half the transformational big ideas will have occurred on planes. lol

So a small insight into the balance I’m trying to find in regards to revolutionizing the sport on the equipment front.

THE MISSION/GOAL around the equipment is to make the sport more enjoyable and accessible for fencers, spectators and people who want try it and to do this by…

#1 Reducing costs
#2 Simplifying and making the equipment more user friendly
#3 Making the sport more aesthetically and experientially pleasing (more “WOW!” factor) to it
#4 Making the sport easier to understand and referee

In conjunction with: 
#5 (this is a big one) do all of #1-#4 while also creating change that will allow the sport to seamlessly transition from the current equipment system to a new system AND that the new system will continue to allow for progress and innovation on top of itself as new technology becomes available. 

Simple right? lol (The irony being the best solutions are generally always simple ones but with complex thinking required to get to the simplicity)   Thus the title of my post today.   The best fencers (or best anything really) are simple, but it is a complex problem to get to simplicity.   

It has been incredibly exhilarating, inspiring and challenging to engage in this mission and many folks have come before to try and improve the equipment only to fall short.     The equipment system in fencing hasn’t been change in 70 years so we have a long road ahead on many fronts and many things to figure out and discover but I do know that this is exactly where I’m meant to be.  

Ok, back to thinking and plotting on my red eye flight from San Fran to NYC. Thanks for being a part of this journey. I can’t wait to unveil all this work I’ve been doing with IDEO in Palo Alto. #IDEO #Morehouse #TheRevolutionIsComing #RallytotheFlag

A to Z Performance Coaching Tip of the Day: Long Term Success Requires Turning “Losses” into Victories

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Being successful in fencing and outside of fencing all starts with how you think about things. Your mindsets and values.

One of the most critical mindsets I have always had was this idea that no matter what happened in a match (or life), win or lose, I was going to take a lesson from the situation to make myself stronger in the long run.

I have always felt that if I could take something positive out of every situation, no matter how dire, that it could still be considered a victory and thus there has never really been been a point where I “lose”.  My mindset is that if I can turn a defeat into a lesson that will ultimately help me in the long then that experience can be counted as a victory (even if it is a small one) on the road to my big goals.

Don’t get me wrong, losing a match or dealing with tough situations is never easy and I’m not saying those things aren’t painful in the moment.   Nor am I saying that you should be satisfied with not getting wins, but if you are going to go for big things, such as the Olympics, you are going to spend years experiencing both winning AND losing and if you don’t develop and build your ability to cope with the losing in a positive way then you are likely to get frustrated and give up.

I’ve seen it happen time and time again. When people lose they often don’t want to think about it but I’ve found one of the most important things I can do is figure out what I can take from a “loss” to get better. I can say honestly that I’ve learned some of my most valuable life and fencing lessons in the “down” times.

Tim Morehouse is an Olympic Silver Medalist in the Sport of Fencing, A to Z performance coach and Author of American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport.  www.timmorehouse.com 

“I Am Sean John” Fashion Campaign Featuring Model and Olympic Medalist Athlete TIm Morehouse

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I’m proud to announce I’m one of the new faces of the Sean John “I Am Sean John” fall fashion campaign for 2013.

Press Release:

Diddy’s Sean John brand announced Monday (September 2) the debut of its new Fall 2013 ad campaign, entitled “I Am Sean John.”

The new campaign celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit on which the company was founded, featuring artists, musicians, athletes and scholars who are making a difference in the world through their professional, philanthropic and personal endeavors.

Among those highlighted are silver medalist Tim Morehouse, American artist/programmer Ryder Ripps, track and field athlete Kerron Clement and Nigerian filmmaker Bolaji Kekere-Ekun.

Each donated their model fees directly to the charity of their choice to bring to life the attitude and lifestyle of the Sean John man.

“We are excited to launch the ‘I Am Sean John’ campaign and put a spotlight on the different kinds of men who characterize the brand,” says Jeff Tweedy, President of Sean John. “It is their image that proudly serves as an example of successful men using their inherent skills to benefit those around them. We hope to encourage and inspire all men to follow their lead and become the men of I Am Sean John.”

Sean John’s Fall 2013 collection is available at Macy’s stores in the U.S. and online now.

My Top-5 Favorite Fencing Books on Good Reads. What do you think?

Tim Morehouse

My list below here is the link to my opinions on each one:
http://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/802.Tim_Morehouse