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By Michael Hill

Simple to Complex is a phrase used by many professionals to map out the evolutionary process of a multitude of experiences. Much like the Yin and Yang concept of dualism, Simple and Complex are both interchangeable and work in coordination with and within each other. Therefore one could state expressions such as, “The Simplicity of Complexity” or “The Complexity of Simplicity” and they’d both be correct.

To apply this concept to Performance one can correlate it to the traditional educational process of learning to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

To undertake the complete but simple task of practically applying knowledge to another human, we must follow the OLD Model™. Are you surprised that in the age of extreme ingenuity and innovation we should rely on OLD Frameworks? Don’t be. OLD in this context has nothing to do with obsolete practices and a lot to do with forward thinking applications.

“O” stands for Observe, with a capital O. We must commit to critically watch other thought leaders in our discipline to acquire the vast world of knowledge and information at hand. To become a subject or substance matter expert is an endeavor of a lifetime.

“L” stands for Learn. We must diligently experience countless hours in the weight room/gym to physically learn the art and science of performance. There are no shortcuts to hard work, commitment, and dedication.

“D” stands for Develop. The push and pull we experience in our life is an experiential product of what we discern as a dualistic reality. We see forces operate both ways hence we assume there are two energies behind the contraposition, the Yin and Yang. Developing your own philosophy regarding the relationship between body, mind and spirit is key to the path of every coach who intends to leave a path in this field.

Logic would suggest in any competitive race, you need to know the start and the finish. Well, no one ever told me where to begin or where to end this race, not because I lack of a great mentors and inspiring figures around, but because there is no definite answer. It all lies within the parameters of each of the words learn and observe and how we will channel it into the personal process of – development.

In the 2011 movie, “Money Ball” there is a scene where GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Coach Ron Washington (Brent Jennings) come to baseball player Scott Hatteberg’s (Chris Pratt) home to offer him a contract to play first base for the Oakland A’s.

That exchange is a quick example of the OLD Model™ and The Simplicity of Complexity and The Complexity of Simplicity. (See dialogue below – and – video attachment). Coach Ron Washington clearly has a Complex view point of the Complexity of the situation and GM Billy Beane has a Simple view of the Simplicity of the same situation. Neither are wrong or right but both involve the process of learn, observe, and development.

Money Ball (2011)


Billy Beane: “We want you to play 1st base for the Oakland A’s.”

Scott Hatteberg: “Ok, well, I’ve only ever played catcher.”

Billy Beane: “Scott, youre not a catcher any more. If you were our call wouldn’t be the only one you got when your contract expired.”

Scott Hatteberg: Yeah, hey, listen, no I, appreciate it.”

Billy Beane: “You’re welcome.”

Scott Hatteberg: “But the thing, thing is is that…”

Billy Beane: “You’ don’t know how to play 1st base. Scott…”

Scott Hatteberg: “That’s right.”

Billy Beane: “It’s not that hard, Scott. Tell him Wash.”

Ron Washington: “It’s incredibly hard.”

Billy Beane: “Hey, anything worth doing is. And we’re gonna teach you.”My desire for each Coach out there is to embrace the OLD to forever be NEW; Noticing, Educational, Wisdom. Thank you for reading and any thoughts or comments feel free to email me at or follow me on Instagram @License_2_Hill or on Twitter @License_to_Hill.