Imagine two soccer teams. The first is a professional team and extremely skilled. They know every technique, they practice endlessly, and they win most of their games.
The second team has never actually played soccer before. They show up to practice in sandals, fumble to get the ball across the halfway line, and mostly lose every game.
Which of these teams would you say has higher team morale?
The answer might surprise you. It’s the second one – and I know this because I’ve been a part of both.
The first was a team I played with during my professional soccer career. We were all talented players, but our coach was never satisfied with our effort. And the second? It was a team of seven-year-olds I coached that focused on simply enjoying the game rather than beating every competitor.