In the spirit of the Olympics, today I’m sharing a story from childhood. I spent a good chunk of my youth training to one day be in the Olympics. I specialized in Giant Slalom and Super Giant Slalom on a team in Lake Tahoe. We were good and we knew it, and in full disclosure, I was pretty cocky.
I had two incredible ski coaches, Mike Spaulding and Chuck Frye. One day, at a competition, Chuck reminded me to take off my jacket before competing, and I went against his better judgment. I had been on a big wining streak and I didn’t think it would affect my performance. I was cold and I had beaten the guys I was about to race against anyway.
As soon as I entered the course I knew I had made a BIG mistake. I could feel how slow I was. When I hit the finish line, I had lost by a couple hundredths of a second. In that moment, I knew I should’ve listened to my coach. For the first time, I realized the importance of the great coaches I had in my life.
In life and business, it’s so important to have somebody that’s been there to help you along. Every time I do a LifePlan, I talk about the importance of not only having a coach or mentor in your life, but being a coach or mentor for someone that’s not as far along as you are. That’s why I do what I do!
I’ve been leading and coaching people to grow in life and business for almost two decades. If you’re interested, check out the Coaching page. I coach people in a wide variety of industries – from leaders to entrepreneurs to people that want to be leaders and entrepreneurs.