Updated: Feb 28
There is nothing wrong in having someone push you and help you get to where you want to be in life. In fact, it's the best way to ensure you are on the path to living your best life. It's so critical that everyone, from Lebron James to Steve Jobs, has or had a coach or mentor to help them grow. You don't know what you don't know, which is why it's important to find someone that can help guide, inspire, and push you past your preconceived limits and into living your best life. In this blog I lay out some tips on finding a mentor or coach that have helped me in the past and helped me live my best life possible.
I am lucky enough to have had some amazing coaches and mentors along my journey including James Fitzgerald of OPEX Fitness/Big Dawgs and Jason Phillips of iN3. Running into these very influential leaders is something people refer to as "who-luck". Who-luck refers to having the luck that brings the right people into your life at the right time. These are people who play a massive part in your growth along your journey. If you are reading this, then there is a good chance you are on the path to some who-luck too and this blog is going to point you in the right direction to increase that who-luck even more. Here are some tips to finding a mentor or coach:
1. Find someone who inspires and resonates with you. It's imperative that this person has the knowledge that you hope to obtain and that they are living their life in a way you would like to live yours. In other words, this person is practicing what they preach and their message really hits home to you. In the past, I've found mentors through word-of-mouth, social media, and through online research. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals, ask around, and do your research.
2. Consume Their Content and Material. You may have actually done this, which is why you may be following them in the first place. However, it's important to study exactly what it is they are doing and try to emulate that to the best of your abilities. It's important to point out that you shouldn't "copy" their content, but rather put your own spin or voice on what that person is already saying and doing. I still do this and will always do this. I may resonate with a lot with my mentors, but I am still different and have my own experiences that have taught me unique lessons.
3. Reach Out. Don't be afraid or intimidated to reach out!! Most people are more than willing to help in any way they can- especially if their own passion is coaching. It's very important to reach out to them in a polite manner that isn't wasting their time and ensures both sides are benefiting. Here is a link for an article by Tim Ferriss on how you should reach out to a possible mentor or coach.
4. Work with them! Especially if they are a coach, a good way to learn from them is to become a client. This will allow you to study how they do things, learn from them first hand, and also pick their brain. You'll also have the chance to build a relationship that will possibly last a lifetime. Becoming a client first, is how I've gone about working with my mentors. I have always looked at it as an investment in myself because of how much I gain from these one-on-one coaching/mentor experiences. Working individually with a coach has also increased my chances of having even more who-luck by introducing me to other possible mentors. Through making these connections, I have began to surrounded myself with a variety of mentors that continue to help me "leveled up" to where I want to be.
If you truly want to grow and accomplish whatever it is that you are after, having a coach or mentor is critical. It will open up your mind and body to a whole new world that you didn't even know existed and guide you towards success. It's the quickest possible route to reaching your goals.
If you have any questions on finding a coach please don't be afraid to reach out . I coach and mentor other coaches, business executives, athletes, and people who are simply hoping to learn how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Don't hesitate to reach out either through DM, my website, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your who-luck could start sooner than you think!