Just like you, I’d like to think that over the years I’ve learned a few things.
Do you ever think that if you could hop in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and go back in time, and pass on some pretty cool lessons to your younger self?
The only proviso would be you really couldn’t go back to your teenage self cause you probably wouldn’t listen!
Anyways, this year in October marks 15 years of DPM.
And around that same time it also marks 20 years all up in the fitness industry when I got my first job in the old Renaissance Hotel gym in the city.
Back in the day when you didn’t even need a qualification. It was recommended, but not essential then.
I got that job cause of my health science degree and with the understanding that I’d complete my certificate 3 – which was all you needed in the day, before they realised you can make more money if you make a cert 4 compulsory too…
So I’ve seen a lot of changes in that time.
Some good, some bad.
The DPMers who’ve been around for a while will remember that we used to use sandbags and tyres and the like before it became cool.
Same with kettlebells.
Then it became known as functional training – when I originally started with the sandbags cause it was a cheap way to get equipment on a limited budget.
But back to the main reason of this message.
I was thinking of some of my biggest lessons that I’ve discovered in that time:
1) I don’t know it all – a sign of maturity is to acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers and you can always continue to learn.
And a mistake I made back then was I would’ve thought I knew it all.
Cause I read it somewhere in a text book.
Example: I remember thinking and probably saying to people with kids when I was in my 20’s and early 30’s (and obviously kid free), that everyone had the time to exercise.
Reality now, I know it’s not always the case.
Sure it can come down to managing your time and your week effectively, but I also know that kids throw a new dynamic in that the text books don’t tell you about.
So I’m still learning and my philosophy on food and training has evolved even over the last few years – but definitely from 15-20 years ago.
2) Not everyone is who they present themselves as.
Some people will try and take you for a ride.
My senses are a lot better with this now, although sometimes it can still happen when I go against what my gut tells me.
So end message – listen to your gut and your first instinct.
It usually knows what’s going on before you want to accept it.
What have you learnt about yourself – either from a training point or from a career point of view that you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?
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