Mike Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of sports performance. He is one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches in the field today, with 10 years of experience at the professional level and over 25 years at the collegiate level, but it’s his latest session at the Perform Better Functional Training Summits that is drawing praise for its no-nonsense approach to what it truly takes to succeed as a coach. Here, we highlight key takeaways from Mike’s session, "Success Secrets."
- Sincerity wins. One of Mike’s favorite quotes is, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It is more important to be the hardest working, nicest guy in the room than the smartest.
- Pay it forward. Help as many people as you can. Your income is directly proportional to the number of people you help. Plus, this is just part of being a good person. You never know how/when things will come back around for you.
- Consider your legacy. It’s not about putting in your 20 years and getting a pension. It’s about changing people’s lives and leaving a legacy. If you always think about your impending legacy, you'll never go wrong.
- Put in your 10,000 hours. As Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell says, the 10,000 hour rule is in effect in all successes in life. Everyone wants to start at the top, but you have to put in your time and EARN it.
- Get good. Anyone who is excellent in anything gets paid. Use your 10,000 hours to hone your skills. Only after you've done this can you worry about moving up the ladder. As Mike says, “Accomplish something, THEN people will care what you think.”
In summary, success is 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. Mike's 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 who struggled to make a team know what it is like to have to work hard to achieve a goal," says Mike. "That makes us great coaches who, in turn, will develop great athletes."
Mike Boyle is co-owner and content editor for strengthcoach.com, one of the world’s leading resources for performance enhancement information. He is Strength and Conditioning Coach with the US Gold Medal Olympic Teams in Women’s Soccer and Women’s Hockey and also for the Ice Hockey team at Boston University. The author of Functional Training for Sports and Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities, Mike has appeared in well as over 20 instructional DVDs. He currently owns and operates Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the nation’s first and most successful private strength and conditioning companies.