training

How LeBron James overcame his back problem to continue playing basketball (and inspiration)

LeBron James is a basketball player who’s had a back problem and now does a lot of hard work just so he can play basketball. As a former business owner and consultant who has a rare blood disease and is working to get back to a regular 40-hour work week, I found this espn.com story about LBJ’s training regimen inspirational. Two good quotes:

  • ...his thoughtful and ever-evolving approach toward training and recovery...
  • “It’s every day. Around the clock every single day, working on my body.”

And this:

Work hard.
Train hard.
Play hard.

Broncos hiring more coaches (to teach technique)

The Denver Post has an article about how the Broncos are (finally) hiring more coaches, hopefully to teach “technique” to their players. They’ve been horrible at developing players under the Elway regime, and hopefully this is a positive sign.

When I owned my software company I learned how important training was. At first we hired people who were generally experts at what they did, but as we tried to expand we realized that not everyone was an expert, or, if they were an expert at web development using Framework A, they weren’t an expert at Java Swing development, or vice-versa. I’m not saying we always did a good job at training (in large part because some of the initial hires didn’t think it was necessary), but over time we learned and tried.

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Be good at what you do

“Chop wood, carry water.”

Zen saying

This point seems obvious, and I hesitate to mention it, but if you want to be an excellent consultant, you should be good at what you do. To be clear, I’m not saying that you have to be great, but you certainly should be good. (Put another way, how can you possibly provide competent advice to others unless you’re good?)

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Who this book is for

While writing this book, I thought back to the beginning of my own consulting career, and asked, “Would this knowledge have helped me then?” I also thought back to the consultants I hired at Mission Data, and how I unfortunately threw them into the lion’s den without any training. I feel comfortable saying that if I had written a training manual for them, this book would be that manual. (More on this shortly.)

“It takes a thousand days to forge the spirit”

“A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish.”

“It takes a thousand days to forge the spirit, and ten thousand days to polish it.”

~ These are two variations of a quote I saw today by Miyamoto Musashi

Eight minutes on the elliptical trainer

I made it eight minutes on the elliptical trainer yesterday. That’s pretty much a record since all of this mast cell disease stuff started becoming a problem in 2011/2012.

#The ComebackContinues