The Role of Mentors During the Pursuit of Knowledge
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” –Brian Tracy
I believe in the importance of mentors. It is from personal experience during undergraduate, graduate school, and internships that I discovered the importance of learning from others who have paid their dues. When you have positive individuals surrounding you, who are successful at what they do and are who you aspire to become, this is a prime opportunity to learn from them and become better at your craft.
During my undergraduate studies with Dr. David Bellar and Dr. James Clemons, I was fortunate to be challenged in the classroom to always learn and ask questions. While completing various coaching internships with Dr. Mike Young, Coach Gayle Hatch, Matt Bruce, and Dr. Kyle Pierce, I was taught the importance of having a reason for everything you do and to be able to defend your programming from a logical perspective. During my graduate studies with Dr. Mike Martino and Dr. David Szymanski, I was challenged to think outside of the box, expose myself to varying philosophies, and to always remain open minded to new paths to reach the intended goal. Now working at Vertex Fitness, I am learning how to become a better salesman and marketer of my services as a fitness professional. This is vital for success to build a career in the industry.
One of the great benefits of working at Vertex Fitness has been to learn from a hands-on owner like Mr. Dwayne Wimmer. He has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry and 15 years of experience as a facility owner. He believes in personal development and has been a role model to others and me. He shares from his experiences the skills and mind set needed to become successful in this industry.
I find it interesting when I meet others who have not had the opportunity yet to be mentored. On going learning is one of my core values. To me it is a real tragedy to not grow as a person, become better at your skill, and seek knowledge daily. For those individuals that have not been mentored, I would encourage you to seek out those people that encourage you, invest in you and will help you achieve your goals. You won’t regret it.