I would also add something that I heard recently at a business seminar which is also key in personal/professional growth and improvement. Everyone needs a "truth sayer" in their lives. Your mentor might be your "truth sayer", that person who is close enough to you and cares enough to tell you how "it really is". Sometimes friends out of kindness say what we want to hear. There are times when we all need to hear the real deal even if it stings a little bit. This is how we take next steps to getting better and reaching our goals.
From Brody Welte:
Where did your coach or trainer learn their knowledge? This is a great question to ask and in our society today It is real easy to “fake it till you make it”. The days of learning under someone and being an apprentice is long gone for the most part. The ones that get the concept of learning under someone and being an apprentice have the greatest longterm success. It is something that I constantly try and focus on and I seek out those who I respect and admire. PaddleFit owes a lot to 3 people who I have been personally connected with and have learned under. First and foremost I respect Dave Kalama for who he is and how he gives back to SUP. He is the best teacher of any subject that I have ever met. Dave has forgotten more about paddling than most people will ever learn and he is always trying to learn more and get better. I am very thankful for Dave trusting me enough to show me how to truly paddle. The second person that I respect a lot and have learned a lot from is Todd Durkin. Todd has trained many of today’s pro athletes and has given more back to the fitness industry than anyone I know. Todd has shown me the details of a great strength and conditioning program and has taught me to use the outdoors as your gym. Last but not least is Mark Verstagen. Mark’s company called Athletes Performance annual trains about 25% of all drafted professional athletes. The greatest thing that I have learned from Mark is how to develop a system. When you have a properly developed system you are the most effective in helping people achieve their goals. All three of these guys I admire a ton and I am thankful for my interactions with all of them. Whether they know it or not they have had direct, positive impact on PaddleFit. less