Since moving to Florida, I have significantly cut back on working with clients. My new job has been demanding, not to mention settling in a new community and home. At one point, I seriously considered stopping altogether. COVID-19 hasn't helped.
In many ways, I think I had forgotten why I work with clients. My motives have never really been financial. No, I had forgotten the why, which is seeing people become what they are capable of becoming, regardless of who they are, what they do, and how good they can become. The joy of seeing someone achieve something new or something believed to be unachievable I think is why any of us coach.
I don't know where this post is going, but I do want to say one thing. If I want someone's success more than the client does, I can't work with them. I've turned down some pretty well-known people and turned away financial gain because, ultimately, they did not really, truly wanted it. Talk is cheap; effort is not.
When I first began Goat Sports, I thought I had to recruit. And I did. And I got clients. But some were not really committed. It was hard dropping clients or seeing them quit for reasons I didn't understand. So I stopped recruiting and began focusing on just a few clients.
Recently, I got a message from someone who'd read something I'd written. "I know you can help and I want to get better," they said. That's the client I want. That's my motivation. Let's get to work.
I believe I'm good with words. Thousands of published pages of my writing help to justify this claim. But, there are experiences and feelings that, no matter how much I try, I struggle to convey. Once such instance came this weekend, when I had the opportunity to watch Lalo Portillo in person, as he defied the odds to become a Junior World Champion.
Many doubted Lalo's ability to overcome a very talented group of competitors, but we knew he was prepared. He had done the work. He had trained for this. In front of a packed house, Lalo showed composure, confidence, and control to overcome what could have been a crushing 15-14 first game loss to demonstrate his will by winning games two and three.
I have worked with Lalo for the past year, and I confess my input may not have been much compared to the many, many hours of training he has put in over this year and the years before. There is no doubt he earned his title by beating the very best.
I have been amazed at Lalo's willingness to listen and learn. He is truly a remarkable athlete and young man. In many ways he has demonstrated professionalism well beyond his years. Those interested in sponsoring young athletes would do well to consider Lalo as an ideal candidate.
Lalo, I'm so proud of you. You have listened and taken care of the little things. Your title was not given you to. You earned it. To see you achieve it in person is something I will never forget. Thank you for allowing me to be part of that experience.
"To be the best, whether in sports or business or any other aspect of life, it’s never enough to just get to the top; you have to stay there, and then you have to climb higher, because there’s always someone right behind you trying to catch up. Most people are willing to settle for good enough." (Tim Grover)
Keep climbing Lalo. Keeping becoming your GOAT.
In this short video, I discuss Tim Grover's comments about taking advantage of success and pushing forward rather than resting when an athlete reaches the top.
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