On tuesday during our session Nancy told me about an encounter she had recently had with another "Advertising Professional" (as she put it). This encounter was not of a pleasant nature. Nancy said that the encounter occurred after she returned this particular individuals missed phone call. This individual felt it was his duty to give my client a lecture on how exactly advertising was done and how she need to proceed if she wished to purchase air time on a local radio station for advertising. Nancy did not enjoy this lecture and very quickly proceeded to let this individual know that his advice was not needed and not welcomed. Rightfully so if you ask me I mean Nancy has been practicing and honing her craft for many many years and has produced great results for her clients. I very much doubt she needs much advice from anyone let alone an unsuccessful wanna-be ad professional. Nancy filled me in on the background of this particular individual including his failed attempt at starting his own ad firm and his employment record of which was not spectacular in any sense of the word. But what really got me thinking was what Nancy said at the end of her story. Nancy told me that she cannot stand to watch someone do what she does and do it extremely poor. Or even worse have one of these individuals try to tell her how to do it.
Now here's where this story comes full circle. When I heard Nancy say this it really struck a chord with me. I often experience the same exact feelings especially considering how many "experts" there are in the health and fitness industry. I mean it seems like anyone who has every picked up a weight before in their life has the title of Master Trainer for the world. But hearing someone else share with me that they experience the same phenomenon in their industry really brought me to the conclusion that this is not something that is only isolated to my field. I finally have made peace with the fact that I will continue to encounter "experts" for the rest of my life whether its working in the Fitness business or working split shifts as a cashier at the local dairy queen. There are always going to be the individuals who believe they know and see all. The same individuals who ignore all others opinions and insights in spite of their lack of success. And the worst part is we often let these unimportant individuals affect are mood and are attitude toward what we do. I know I have already spent way to much time worrying about what the local "functional anatomy guru" at our facility is sharing with our members that is going to result is a lot of torn rotator cuffs. I realize that it does me no good to worry about what others are doing.