Success Secrets

I have had the pleasure of reading some great books in the past few year, many centered on how people succeed in a wide variety of professions. Books like Outliers, Talent Code and Talent is Overrated inspired me to share my story.

I am a “fitness expert” I guess. I am also a very average looking, balding, fifty five year old with no distinguished athletic resume. If this is the case, how did I end up a fitness expert? Simple, I read more and coached more than most people. As Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell would say, I have put in my ten thousand hours.

The bottom line  is that success is much more about hard work and perseverance than it is about talent. We all know that the best players don’t make the best coaches, we just don’t always know why. My theory is the best athletes never had to learn to work to get what they wanted. They always were at the head of the class. Those of us that struggled to make a team know what it is like to have to work toward a goal. That gives us the potential to be great coaches. The key as a great coach is to figure out how to motivate and develop a great athlete.

The bottom line? Sincerity wins. One of favorite quotes is “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. In the long run it is more important to be the hardest working, nicest guy in the room than the smartest.

I have another quote I love. It simply says “work hard, be nice”.


6 Responses to “Success Secrets”

  1. love reading your blog!

  2. Dear Mike Boyle

    I’m 38 years old with 10 years on the business. Being a Strenght Coach and Personal Trainer for the last 10 after 14 years of training as an Athlete, give me another perpective about ” success secrets”.

    Athlets are not Good readers and really bad listeners…That’s why we don’t see so often Good players becoming good Coaches!…
    But You know that don’t you…

    I’ve read ” talent overrated”, and all Books from “malcom Gladwell”, and will go for ” talent code”, NeXT month.

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    Theodore Roosevelt, although it is often mistakenly credited to modern author John Maxwell.

  4. Thanks for those great quotes! Where did “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” come from? I love that!

  5. David Wood Says:

    My mentor always said that =tThere are only three things that determine your success in life:
    a) How smart you are
    b) How lucky you are
    c) How hard you work to apply the first two

    There’s only one of these you can do a damn thing about. Guess which one it is?

  6. Love this. As usual, I can relate completely. Thanks for keeping it real.

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