When Xavi Hernandez, celebrated Barcelona footballer, described his coach Pep Guardiola to the press he used the word “pesado”, heavy, intense. Now Pep was an idol of mine growing up, the best passer and football mind rolled into one. As a coach he has won everything in just 4 years, and with style.
I love the expression: “pesado”. It’s not really something that would be considered a complement at the best of time. But it is probably the best accolade for the genius of Pep Guardiola. The best or maybe perhaps just the most interesting people are the ones that are pesados about their job. They are so passionate and involved and perfectionist about it, that their unblinking focus becomes heavy. And contagious. And that focus reflected and amplified makes for a better team all around. It makes them not just good but great.