Older and Wiser


I just recently had a birthday. Turned 31 in fact. For some reason that sounds dramatically older than 30. I’ve now been coaching at some level for 14 years. I’m not sure if you can call my first couple years of coaching really coaching but whatever it is, it helped bring me to where I am today. Thankfully, I’ve had some great opportunities to work with and mentor under people who I would consider some of the best coaches, teachers, and researchers in the world. Here’s a couple things I’ve learned now that I’m a decrepit old man:

  1. If you want to look smart, get a book shelf and fill it with lots of fancy books. If you want to be smart, you actually need to read those books.
  2. Find some people smarter or more experienced than you and learn everything you can from them. The more time you can spend with these people the better.
  3. Find some people who know less and / or have less experience than you and learn everything you can from them. You’ll find there is plenty to learn both good and bad.
  4. Don’t compromise your personal or professional integrity for anything. At the end of the day, these are among the most important things you have.
  5. Be skeptical. Of everything. When in doubt use the scientific method.
  6. Don’t sugarcoat things….if something sucks say as much. Then when you say something is good it’ll actually mean something.
  7. If you think you understand everything you have been woefully misinformed.
  8. Oversimplification is ALWAYS better than overly complicating things.
  9. The biggest failures are often followed by the largest successes….but only if you learn from your failures.

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Mike Young

Mike Young

Founder of ELITETRACK at Athletic Lab
Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting.
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