How Young Athletes & Adolescents Can Stay Ahead of Their Peers...

We’re not big on competition, as life isn’t about being better than, or beating the other guy. But in a sense, we are… as competition makes us want to improve ourselves - and continual improvement is what life is all about. And this focus on continual improvement is how young athletes & adolescents can get ahead of their peers…

Virtuvian Man - The Youth Academy

Leonardo Da Vinci is arguably one of the greatest minds we’ve ever seen. He painted the Mona Lisa… He developed the first parachute and helicopter… his Vitruvian man…

He was a master… someone that many people would have loved to have been a student of…

But that’s the key

Da Vinci was always a student… he always seemed to place himself at the feet of others and learn

“Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

And this was Da Vinci’s mantra. And it needs to become yours too...

It’s even more present in one of Da Vinci’s to-do lists… on it, we found that out of the some 14 things he had written down, at least 8 of them were to find someone to teach him a specific skill

For example:
- Try to get Vitolone (the medieval author of a text on optics), which is in the Library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic.
- Get Messer Fazio (a professor of medicine and law in Pavia) to show you about proportion.
- Ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night

Seek others to learn from, and then leave your ego aside and learn from them…

Learn - The Youth Academy

Zach Even-Esh calls it “always being a white belt”…
Tony Robbins calls it “continuous improvement”…
And that's the key to success and life 

As it’s not about who you are today that matters most… it’s about who you want to become and how hard you’re willing to work to become that person…

You can learn and, in turn, grow & develop yourself into whatever you desire to become. As with enough energy, focus, and time you can learn anything your heart desires

But it begins with knowing that, in essence, you know nothing at all…

The more I discover about physical training, mindset/psychology, and nutrition - the more I realise how little I truly know… and that makes me want to learn more. It humbles me and makes me want to find mentors, find books, find podcasts that can teach me more so that I can help you, those of the next generations, even more

The aim for you should to try to always be a student... Always be a white belt... Always seek to learn… And always aim for continual and never ending improvement
 

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Nick Maier