I recently asked my friend Ed Lippie, the head performance coach of the AS Roma soccer team advice for up-and-coming strength and conditioning coaches who want to make it big in the world of sports. It was for the son of a friend. The advice Ed sent back turns out to be universal, applicable to any profession or passion, so I had to share it.

  1. Network with other fellow professionals as much as possible. The old adage, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know is not entirely correct, but there are shreds of truth to it. For example, most often opportunities are presented because of a personal relationship, once you have secured that opportunity it is incumbent upon you to demonstrate everything you know.
  2. Find a good mentor or 2. This is part of your networking and will crucial. If necessary, volunteer with those who you think can mentor you.
  3. Stay current on developing technologies. Technology is becoming more and more important in every aspect of work.
  4. Read, read, and read some more! Staying current in a world that is evolving as quickly as ours is imperative! “The man who does not read holds no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain
  5. Become a life-long learner…in the history of the human race information has never been so accessible; books, audio books, podcasts, internet sites, etc. can all play an instrumental part in your development.
  6. Big egos are everywhere in all professions, side step them when you can and learn to manage them when you must…including your own.
  7. Humility is a personal attribute almost everyone appreciates.
  8. If you are proficient in multiple languages, use that skill. I will open lots of doors.

Coming from a man who is personifies his number 7 advice, these are nuggets of gold. Thanks Ed!