I remember starting out as a young coach. I didn’t know anything.
But then I met some people I looked up to. Mentors. They took me under their wing, teaching me the ins and outs of coaching and gym etiquette. I learned how to get strong (and deadlifted 545lbs).
Eventually, I grew away from them. I became my own coach. I spent time around powerlifting gyms and around rehab gyms. I found a way to mesh the two, forming a newly cohesive type of training. I saw the importance of both and went off on my own.
Then I opened a gym. I’ve worked with professional athletes from all different sports: MLS, NBA, MLB… all kinds of athletes.
None of that would have been possible if I didn’t have the right mentors early on. The people who help you find your Way before you know what your Way is.
I want to help you find your own mentor. Do you know what to look for?
- The importance of age difference.
- What wisdom means in a mentorship.
- How having wisdom is different from having knowledge.
- The power of telling someone they are wrong (or, at least, uninformed or insufficiently thoughtful)
- The importance of freedom and why you aren’t supposed to just be a Dolly the Sheep clone of your mentor.
- Why you BETTER be a better coach than me when you’re my age.
For more on mentoring, we recommend reading Mastery by Robert Greene.
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