What does the title of this piece bring to mind?
- Multiple properties?
- Luxury yacht charters?
- Seven-figure burn rate?
- Handing out favors to friends and strangers?
- Being hailed and feted?
One of the best parts of my coaching journey was getting to know “the well adjusted rich.”
I’m going to spend a few Thursdays running through the lessons I learned from watching people who have a different set of limits.
The Best Teachers You Can Find
My journey started ten years before I got the job.
First, I was a student…
Meeting Joe Friel: Joe is the founder of triathlon coaching in the United States. I had the chance to spend a weekend with him in the Spring of 2000.
By the way, this is how you might get a mentor interested in you…
- I went to him
- I showed him how he’d helped me
- I listened to his advice
- I went away and did it
Something he said stuck with me, “I’d never met someone who understood my teaching as well as you.” I didn’t just study his philosophy, I tried to embody it.
Joe started me as a coach, helped me win races and wrote a book with me.
Great deal for both of us.
The strategy worked once, so I repeated…
John Hellemans, Scott Molina, Dave Scott, Mark Allen => I was able to learn from the best.
I shared what I learned, for free, widely.
Eventually, I was a teacher…
A decade later, I turn up in Oceanside, on a road bike, in March, and crush most everyone over 40 in a 70.3 race.
Two guys, I’d never heard of, reach out for a call and I accept. I didn’t know they were friends and checking me out, separately.
I get hired and have the chance to look under the hood of the well-adjusted rich.
Turns out my client was a successful finance-guy, who stayed in the game.
His life was, and remains, the best-case scenario of a life I decided not to lead.
Becoming world-class, publicly, creates unexpected opportunities.
Let’s call this Chapter One.
If you’ve been watching me on Twitter – you can see I’m following a similar playbook in 2022.
Not towards any specific goal => simply to connect, be engaged and create unexpected opportunities.