What Should I Look for in a Mentor?

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).

Mike Robertson sumo deadlifting 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.

Robertson Training Systems was born. I wrote articles for T-Nation. Then for my own site. I trained people in gyms. I trained teams. I trained people in their homes.

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?

We’ll discuss:

  • 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.


Recommended Reading

For more on mentoring, we recommend reading Mastery by Robert Greene.

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