A lot of people say there’s a distinction between mentors and coaches.
“Mentors don’t charge you money.”
“They take you under their wing because they see the potential and want to teach you their secrets.”
Anybody remember the movie The Karate Kid?
“Wax on, Wax off?”
Some would argue that Mr. Miyagi was a mentor, not a coach.
There may be some truth to this, but what would be wrong or different if Daniel Son hired Mr. Miyagi to be his coach? He still would have taught him that standing on one-leg kick. We’re not here to argue the distinction between a mentor and coach, but in our opinion, it doesn’t really matter.
The truth is, we all should be seeking mentors or coaches to help us accelerate the learning curve and cut it in half, avoid making mistakes, acquire wisdom, tools, and to get better all around. Let’s say, for example, you are trying to become an online trainer. Wouldn’t it be best to seek out a coach that has been doing this for many years and has had success? By investing in a coach that has been through the trenches and made mistakes can save you and your business a lot of heartache.
When we first started our online fitness coaching business, we hired Layne Norton—PHD in nutritional science and bodybuilder—for many years before taking the leap of faith and starting our own business. By doing so, we learned so much from him, avoided many mistakes, and saw things we could add as well to our coaching. We made an investment to be great coaches and masters of our respective crafts. From there we went on to hire other top level coaches in the fitness industry such as Dr. Joe K and Eric Helms of 3DMJ—PHD in nutritional science—to learn their coaching styles and business philosophies.
From there, we shifted our mindset and interests to learn from other business/lifestyle entrepreneurs such as Tai Lopez, Cole Hatter, Mark Lack, and Lewis Howes, where we invested in their Mastermind Groups and Coaching days. We did this to add more tools to our tool belt. It has paid off immensely for us and our business.
Sometimes that extra help needs to come from a good coach that has been through the trenches.
In order to be the best, you must learn from the best…
It’s a Sprint, Not a Marathon
Today, most the population wants big things to happen in the quickest and easiest way possible. But the problem is nobody wants to put in the little details and do the small things to make the big things happen.
Then you have that other small percentage of the population who is willing to put in the little details and do the small things to make the big things happen. But sometimes, this small population needs help. There is nothing wrong with needing help to succeed at something and to make the big things happen.
The famous entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck says you need to play the long game in all aspects of life. The short game is where many people fail. This is spot on whether it is in the context of business, goals, health, getting results, success, etc.
Shortcuts never work, and if they do, they often come back to bite you in the ass.
Practice patience daily and think of it as a marathon, not a sprint with whatever you are trying to achieve.
Being an Entrepreneur is acquiring a bad ass lifestyle and enjoying the journey, both good and bad times, there is no stop to it!
For some context, we will be referring to different coaches throughout this article and giving you three reasons to have coaches and mentors in your life, your business, and health goals to cut the learning curve in half and take you to the next level.
The Law of 33%
One of our mentors, Tai Lopez, talked about the Law of 33% in his TED talk. He recommends we all spend 33% of our time with three levels of people:
- 33% of the time should be with people that are above your level so that you learn from their wins and losses
- 33% of the time should be with people at your level so that you can relate to their struggles and success
- 33% of the time should be with people that are below your level so that you stay humble, have humility, and give back
These three levels of people equate to 99% of your time.
This concept can apply to coaches as well. You could have 33% of your time with a coach, 33% of time with external wisdom—books, videos, podcasts—and 33% with internal wisdom such as life experiences. We applied this concept to fitness, 33% of your time to focus on exercise, 33% of your time to focus on nutrition, and 33% to focus on blending it all into a lifestyle. Think about how you can apply this law of 33% concept into your life. Experiment with it and see how this can enhance your lifestyle and mindset as an Entrepreneur.
Accelerating Your Learning Curve and Avoiding Mistakes
Think hard about something you did in the past and wished you got help with to make the transition or journey easier.
If you can’t think of any, no worries. We got your back and some examples for you:
- In fitness, if you’re looking to take your physique to the next level, we recommend hiring a coach to oversee your fitness program. It’s a non-biased eye that keeps you accountable and maps out the blue print within exercise, nutrition, your schedule, goals, etc. Sounds great, right? But instead people will try and do it all themselves instead of hiring a coach. They’ll miss out on accelerating the learning curve and avoiding a ton of mistakes.
- In business, everybody wants to wear all the hats—accounting, project management, marketing, social media, sales—but how can one do it all in an effective manner? One of our business coaches told us that in business, double down on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses. So, say you’re very good at selling your product, but horrible at social media or marketing. Why not hire a coach that is an expert within that? You’ll accelerate your learning curve and avoid a ton of mistakes and free up time.
Think about where in your life you can hire a coach to accelerate your learning curve and avoid making a ton of mistakes.
Gaining Tools, Knowledge, and Wisdom
Picture a construction worker’s tool belt. A good construction worker should have a hammer, tape measurer, wrench, etc. This way, if he needs to use one of those tools, he will have it handy. Now think about your personal knowledge and wisdom tool belt.
Do you want to be the person that has one or two good pieces of wisdom or ten great pieces of wisdom?
Our life coach said, “Seek internal wisdom outside of external wisdom.”
What he meant was you can read all the books in the world, watch all the YouTube videos, listen to all the podcasts, but you need to be in touch with developing your internal wisdom as well. Internal wisdom comes from traveling, life experiences, reflecting, giving back, failing, wining, and from coaches. Let us give you an example. We coach clients all around the world, helping them attain the physiques of their dreams. We worked with three who we consider the best physique coaches in the world.
Because we wanted their wisdom, their knowledge, and we wanted to add it to our tool belts.
You see, when you have a great tool belt that has knowledge, internal and external wisdom, life experiences, and lessons from coaches, there’s something to say about feeling like a bad ass.
Think about the tools, knowledge, and wisdom you can add to your own tool belt. Think about how much this would separate you from all the other’s out there and expedite your learning curve as an entrepreneur.
To conclude this, hopefully you see why we don’t really see a big distinction between mentors and coaches because in the grand scheme, what should matter most is:
- Using the law of 33% concept
- Accelerating the learning curve and avoiding a ton of mistakes
- Gaining tools, knowledge, and wisdom
- Always being a student and learning to build that tool belt
We will leave you with another saying that one of our coaches told us:
“Growth doesn’t happen when you constantly chase it, it happens when you least expect it.”
Let that sink in. We really encourage you to seek out coaches and mentors to accelerate your learning curve as an entrepreneur.
Chris and Eric Martinez, also known as the “Dynamic Duo” operate a world class online Training, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Consulting Business by the name of “Dynamic Duo Training.” Chris and Eric are also Business coaches that help fitness enthusiasts grow their online businesses. Chris and Eric have worked with thousands of people via online and in person to help them look better, feel better, perform better, and live a dynamic lifestyle through training, nutrition, mindset, personal development, and lifestyle practices.
They practice what they preach on a daily basis and that’s to live a dynamic lifestyle, which in their eyes means to keep evolving in life, training, and nutrition, and to never live a static and complacent lifestyle. Be excited every morning and reach for the stars, you deserve it!
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