The 3 keys to becoming great at teaching the basics of exercise and movement:
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3 THINGS I SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE OF IN SCHOOL: Write, Travel, Explore Entrepeneurship
Waiting for change to happen or a better path to pop up is a death sentence. Write that down: waiting is death! You always have 3 options when you're in a situation or on a path that is not what you want:
It's hard enough to break in and stay in when it comes to sports medicine/strength & conditioning in professional sport. It's damn near impossible if you aren't speaking the current languages and don't understand today's currency. Let's gaze into the crystal ball of sports medicine and performance at the pro level so you can enter and function in this new territory like a boss!
Shut up and work. If you want to be successful in anything, start with being great at the basics. One of the most basic things in anything is how hard you work. You are in complete control of what you put into anything and everything.
All A's in school and lots of letters after your name won't translate to success unless they're surrounded by great people skills.
"The harder you work, the luckier you get." This is one of my favorite quotes! There are a few versions of it, one from Thomas Jefferson, one from golf great Gary Player, and probably others. I love it because it so clearly explains my stance on luck: you make your luck.
Sports medicine or strength & conditioning in pro sports is a different beast versus the clinical setting. This is one of the things that drew me to my current position as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the LA Lakers.
Part 2 of my list of specific, cheap and easy ways physical therapy students can explore entrepreneurship:
When I tweeted about the 3 things I should've done more of in PT school and listed "explore entrepreneurship," here are some of the specific, cheap and easy ways physical therapy students can do that:
Take a step back and figure out what your "Super Bowl" is. This is the advice I'd offer if I were talking to my younger self as a student or 1st year physical therapist/strength & conditioning coach/fitness pro. 10 years of post-graduate experience at any profession/craft is hardly anything compared to folks who have 20, 30 or 40+ years of experience but during my 10 years that bit of advice stands out!