After multiple CSP coaches presented, it became abundantly clear the skill in the room. I had an “aha” moment, so to speak. This is what I learned:
1. Actively seek out company that’s smarter than you
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are” is a strong proverb regarding who we choose to be around. If we spend time with those who are keeping us down, or holding us back, or not pushing us to strive—why are we staying around? What does it say about us?
I’m fortunate that the people I hold closest are all striving—they’re all seeking opportunities.
2. Always find a way to learn in every room
We held a seminar at Freedom Fit back in July. Vinnie, our other coach (and who I’ve trained) presented on EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption) and why agility work is beneficial for all populations. He gave us great information and a lot for me to chew on.
In other places, I may go to a room of professionals outside of my field and find something that sticks with me; why lining the underside of your house prevents mold; the budget on a 10,000 sq/ft warehouse; insurance considerations for different business types. I may not be the home inspector, or contractor, or loan officer, or insurance salesman—but I am a person who may use the information I’ve learned in the future. Who knows when?
Everyone can offer us something of value if we listen.
3. Only be the “big” one in a room if you’re in the front of the class
Despite multiple coaches speaking, each one sat and listened to the other when it was their turn. They all work together, and still found ways to open their books up and write notes. It’s a reminder that you can spend every day with someone and if you try, can glean wisdom from them at all times. It’s only up to you to try.
Every day I learn from others. My clients often give me plenty of wisdom to stew on—how to be a better dad, a better husband, or coach. They may not even realize they’re doing it; they’re simply existing, and offer so much to my life. We should all keep our ears open and try to sift through what we hear for what we need—because we always need something. And at the very least, it’s to be better.