Pick Your Teachers Well!

I’m often asked who was the most significant influence on my way of thinking. I find myself unable to answer this question in the singular, but I can share this: understand the difference between the quality of an article and the ability to train someone. And secondly, understand the difference between the desire to educate and the desire to impress.

There’s a saying in coaching: “Those who are successful don’t have time to write about it, and those who aren’t do.” I know, you may be wondering where that leaves me. Believe me, it wasn’t until after achieving a measure of success, forming strong philosophies in training, did I have the time or inclination to write.

My writings aren’t read by elite athletes to the extent they are by other coaches. I have no desire to impress other coaches. I write now simply to educate. This is critical. I’ve learned that there’s a significant difference between writing a great article and knowing how to train someone. Someone described it as the difference between knowing what to do and doing what you know, the gap between knowledge and practical competence.

It isn’t for me to say who has this and who doesn’t, but I can say that before you select your mentors, try to see them in the real world doing what it is you hope to learn. If they can’t do it at the level you want to do it at, it doesn’t matter how impressive their writings are.

Finally, marketing is based on writing to impress. I have no agenda to impress for the sake of feeding my ego or boosting the demand for my lecturing services or selling more training devices.

I can only show you what I can do, and that’s intuition based, applied coaching of the physical qualities with methods developed on elite athletes.

All the best,

Joey Hayes