The best thing I have ever done in every field that I have wanted to excel in has been to get myself a mentor.
Even back in college, when first starting out in strength and conditioning, I went and asked if I could learn from the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wyoming. I worked with the 6am athletes and soon learned it was the best thing I could have done to get practical experience towards my exercise sports science degree.
I did the same thing during my first internship after college. I was speaking with a person at the health club I was interning at and they told me about a strength coach, Mike Boyle, who was the Boston Bruins’ strength coach at the time, running strength and conditioning camps for kids in Burlington, MA.
After the conversation, I immediately drove to Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning and asked where Mike was. I walked right up to him and told him my situation. I asked if I could intern for him. He said yes and the rest is history.
After that, I wanted to learn more, so I did a mentorship at the Institute for Human Performance in Boca-Rotan, Florida, under Juan Carlos Santana. He entirely changed the way I looked at strength and conditioning, and paved the way for all the successful work I did with clients in the years that followed.
In personal safety, I researched everyone I could find and through my studies I came across a gentleman named Tony Torres. I contacted him and flew him out so I could do multiple certifications with him. In terms of becoming an expert in personal safety, no one accelerated my progress more than Tony.
It was just when I needed a change in my life that I stumbled upon Brian Rose from London Real Academy. I saw an interview he conducted with a gentleman named Peter Sage, a renowned public speaker and expert in personal development. It blew my mind.
I knew I had to contact Peter because he had what I wanted – a better understanding of life and how to live it on my terms. I contacted Peter’s office and got the last spot in his first Elite Mentorship Forum, which changed my life.
Peter led me to one of his own mentors, the multi-billionaire entrepreneur Errol Abramson, who got me laser-focused on my passion. Errol has taught me a few things that will stick in my head for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget him saying, “If I did it all over again, I would dream bigger!”
I was open to other opportunities that came thick and fast out of leftfield after that point. Meeting Scott Mann, an ex-Green Beret and leadership expert, was one such opportunity. I first heard of Scott from a friend I bumped into at a store! From the first mention of him, I knew I had to learn more and ended up speaking to him on the phone. I went on to enter his Pathfinder Mastermind/Coaching Program and haven’t looked back.
Scott has helped me become a better communicator and leader. He arrived at the exact time that I needed those skills in my life.
Why Everyone Needs a Mentor
The moral of the story is that there is so much value to be unlocked through investing in yourself. Find a mentor, someone you want to model or learn from, and it will shorten your learning curve.
Make sure you actually listen to them, take appropriate action, implement what they teach you and be proactive, no matter what it is that you do in life, and you will be amazed at what a catalyst they can be to your success.
Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Don’t be scared of a financial commitment. That will only help load the negative side of the scale and stop you from doing something that could change your life.
On the other side of the coin, investing in yourself will boost your accountability and propel you toward your vision; it’s only natural that you’ll have more motivation to get the value out of something when you’ve ascribed value to it up front. And if you’re motivated to get the value out of it, you’ll get it!