Sunday, 24 June 2012
Lessons from the greats
We are part of a generation that has been handed a life of ease, where everything is out there for the taking, our forefathers left us with great knowledge and great opportunity, where they have written the books and its up to us to read the writings, to learn from history while creating our own with simplicity.
Yet with all the information available to us, so many still fail to make the effort to learn. Everyday people claim to be impassioned by the work that they do, yet mention a great leader in their field who has accomplished so much for the industry, who has fathered methods and practice, and they have yet to read their books or follow their teachings.
If you want to be great at something, you need to be great at getting there. As a trainer and a coach my life is encompassed by my passion. People have often pointed out that I need balance and I need to let go and explore other interests. I agree with this, yet I feel my time right now is for my development. I spend hours a day researching top coaches theories, when I think of travel I think of destinations where I can spend time working with men and woman who have devoted their lives to coaching and training.
Muhammad Ali spent countless hours in the ring training to be the best, Edson Pele spent thousands of hours attempting goals, Nelson Mandela served time behind bars, the greats paid their dues to be the best. The greats devoted their waking hours to giving their followers the optimum, their foremost, the ultimate of themselves.
I hate average, I hate mediocre, I will not settle for the boilerplate. I will be unbalanced, devoted and dedicated to ensure that my clientele, my followers and myself get what is owed to them by their coach.
Walking away from our silent conversation on that bench on Bond Street I learnt that, the greats, in whatever form or shape are there to be learnt from, Churchill was a veteran who wasn't afraid to to take on the big shots and Roosevelt said that the only people who ever fail are the ones who never try. Fail quickly and fail forward to success.