It wasn't the first time I watched it, but I had to do it again. This time, as I did, I started thinking about different ideas and concepts. Constantly, people who were extremely close to him appeared on camera and through crazy examples said in extreme detail, conveyed an idea of what his character is. A reputation of a crazy guy is clear on him--they even call him "El Loco", but surely that isn't enough to admire him as I do now.
Passion towards work and desire for success stood out on each of those stories. As the examples came through, I started noticing some similarities between anecdotes in Bielsa's career and some we've experience in the IA. Here go some examples
Mr Topf's IA
In the early days of the IA, after a field trip to Innova Schools, a 30-minute bus ride back to school awaited for us. Because of how much Mr Topf wanted us to use time wisely, we had to read The Secret of the Seven Seeds during the bus ride.
In the IA, I've seen friends, who never did a single thing for school, work with effort and enthusiasm towards the projects. Some of those times, they helped me keep switched on, just like they were doing.
At the beginning of the IA, many of us might have whine because of having to work on something during break. Now, we've even voluntarily organized working days on a saturday.
When in the youth academy at Newells, his age level cohort finished training long after normal age groups finished, and trained under any conditions.
Stakes didn't exist in that time, but he made his players bring sharpened broomsticks to facilitate training sessions.
When he arrived to Newells' first team, many of the players were young who came excited and wanting to earn a spot. In the other side, Martino was settled as on of the most important, and characterized because of low effort in training sessions. Bielsa made him run and give everything in every session, while others used him as an inspiration to do so equally. "If Martino runs we have no other option" they said.
Griffa, Newells' president at the time, had a habit of having a silent minute to calm down before eating dinner with his family. Coincidentally, during that time, Marcelo always arrived because he couldn't stand from sharing an idea he had in the moment, no matter how late it was. At first, Griffa's kids said "No nos deja en paz", but after getting to know him well, they ended up loving him.
Now I doubt, maybe, I shouldn't feel bad for watching these kind of videos, because they might end up being relevant and purposeful.
Hopefully, the IA will undergo the same success as he did, and we could see Corey as happy as we was after beating Rosario Central rather than as sad as he was after missing out the knockout phase of the 2002 World Cup with Argentina.
Video Report on Bielsa: