I really liked this post, by Malcolm Gladwell, about how hard it is to appreciate and convey the degree of difficulty of certain things to people who don't do them. It's something I think about a lot.
One thing that's really interesting and different about being a coach, instead of being a lawyer, is that I don't have peers who work with me. There are other coaches in the department, of course, and I learn every time I sit down and talk with one. But they don't know much about sailing, and I don't know much about their sports, so it's not like we can offer one another specific advice about the thing we're most focused on. There are sailing coaches from other schools, and I learn from them, too, but we see one another mostly at regattas, where our sailors are competing with one another,so there's limited opportunity for information exchange. One of the things I miss about being a lawyer is the ability to poke my head into someone's office and say, "Will you take a look at this? Am I an idiot? How do you read this? Can I bounce an idea off of you? What's your take?"