How do you know something works before you try it?
You don’t. Right?
This is a very easy and often always correct assumption. I would also assume that if you didn’t test somethings ability to work or function, how are you to know it works?
I see so many coaches and personal trainers work with clients and they simply follow their assumptions. They just remember to the time that one thing worked and always go back to that along with the dozens of other people they come across. A mentor of mine, Bob Guiel, who has a brilliant mind on his own has to be one of the best testing practitioners I’ve ever seen.
Because he tests a client and looks for patterns. He then tests again to gather more data. He looks for issues and collects more data. Based on that, he confirms and/or denies all of the data he has collected to see what is left once the dust settles. I often ask, why don’t more people do this?
One: People are lazy and assume that they know the answer after a few quick questions
Two: They just don’t know what’s going on!
Now, if left in a room with Bob, I’m surely the dumbest guy in the room of which I’d be totally cool with. I could listen to him all day long talk about biochemistry and muscle testing and I can tell you that I would retain maybe 5% of it. That would be on a good day. Hence why I’ve taken his courses multiple times.
I get a little frustrated with people who sit in a course, classes or events and assume that because they hear something presented to them that they automatically ‘know’ the subject. I put 3 years into a Bachelors degree, 8 years (and counting) into regular personal development and another 2 years into a Masters Degree and a people that do a full day course ‘know’ the topic?
Come on! Please. Stop it. You don’t.
Learning a topic means you’ve committed to it, made it a goal and an ambition to know the in’s and out’s. I’m pretty bloody clever on the topics of strength and conditioning, athletic development and all things wellness related but sure as shit not an expert.
And know this may offend some but I’m going to take a gamble…
Neither are you!
Unless you’re the 1% of the 1% of PhD geniuses that are at the cutting edge of science. If that was you then you wouldn’t be on this page readying what I have to say, you’d be wearing your white lab coats making breakthroughs in science… which is where you should be.
Don’t think that just because you did a course, you’re an expert. The smart ones take information, good and bad from events/courses/lectures and mould them into applicable knowledge.
I’m happy not being an expert. I’m even happier that I’m going to be a student for life and continually getting better at my craft. I’m not ready for the lab coat just yet.