Don’t you just love watching someone who is the best in the world at their chosen field? It doesn’t even really matter what the chosen field is, we just love watching people who have put in hard work and are now incredibly good at something. It’s why everyone is hanging out for the footy finals, it’s why we love performances by Cirque De Soleil, it’s even why there are lumberjack championships televised and attended by thousands each year. I still remembering watching Usain Bolt smash the 100m and 200m world records at the Beijing olympic games.
The thing I find most interesting about the best in the world, is that they all have coaches and support staff, even in solo sports. Boxers always have their coach ringside. Golfers have their coach and their caddy by their said. Tennis players always have their entourage in the court-side box. The best in the world know that they need the insight, motivation, correction, help and support of people around them to be at their very best.
Any idea who this guy is?
Well, that’s Glen Mills. He looks a little unimpressive, but Glen is a man you’d be very interested to meet. Glen was the head coach for the Jamaican Olympic sprinting team from 1987 to 2009 and is now the head coach of the Racers Track Club – where he trains both Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake (the two fastest ever 100m sprinters). Glen is well known as a technical expert, poring over the fine movements of his runners to get the absolute best out of his runners.
Do you remember Usain Bolt before he was the fastest man alive? Most people don’t because Bolt had a series of injuries and a minor crash through 2004-2007 that limited his practice and performance. Mills worked with him in this time rectify small problems in his technique. Mills was able to help Bolt perfect his technique even though he is considerably taller than most sprinters. When the time came in 2008 Bolt left the field in his wake, taking home 3 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
One of the realities of life is that no one is born good at everything. In fact, we’re not really born good at anything (except being small and cute) but as our parents teach and train us, as go through school and learn, as we graduate and find a career, we are constantly learning and getting better. We find people who can coach and teach and train us to be better at our jobs, better in our relationships, better with our health.
So… who’s coaching you with your finances? If you want to get ahead, the best thing to do is to ask for help.