3 Lessons Coaches Can Learn From Leonardo DiCaprio

Lesson #1 Professionalism 

Leo (yes were on a first name basis), always talked about how professional he would conduct himself on set. Other actors reiterated the same sentiment. 

Article: https://www.thethings.com/working-with-leonardo-dicaprio/

He would always be the first on set and the last to leave. Routinely skipping lunch breaks to check in on cast members and the directors. 

He cared about one thing, the overall product that was being produced. He did everything in his power to make sure the film they were putting out into the world was “world class.” 

Your training service is the #1 commodity that you deliver in the private sector coaching space. Most coaches think that their training knowledge and fun personality will get the job. 

Unfortunately, this is about 10% of being a great coach. 

How you conduct yourself on an hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly basis is the determinant of if you possess high level stewardship skills. 

How you dress, speak, act, attend, care, and comfort every individual who you work with speaks volumes about you as an individual. 

Do you care deeply about how you and the staff deliver training sessions and put the clients first? 

Do you let poor technique go by the wayside? 

Do you let your coaches get away with mediocre delivery? 

These are all signs of high level professionalism. 

Lesson #2 No Distractions 

“Don’t participate in anything that will take away from your craft.” 

This was advice another actor said Dicaprio gave him. 

You spent tens of thousands of dollars on your education. 

Why would you engage in anything that would take away from your ability to be a world class coach? 

I don’t have hobbies. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t go out with friends much. Every dollar is spent towards furthering my skills. 

I hang out with my wife and focus on our two businesses, Varsity House + the Business of Strength. 

This may be/is extreme. 

For yourself, think about what behaviors could be detracting away from your ability to perform at a high level? 

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a social life. 

I’m saying focus on activities that add more energy to your cup. 

Too often I see coaches burning the candle on both ends. 

You’re bleeding your #1 commodity in a service based business, energy! 

Lesson #3 Don’t Act in Cult or Superhero Movies 

Have you ever seen Leo in a Cult Classic or Superhero Movie? 

You haven’t. 

Every movie he’s done there has never been a sequel. 

This was the advice that Leo gave a young actor when they began working on set together in 2018. 

You want to be authentic and the keeper of your craft. Don’t sell out for the money. He continued. 

Stop saying you’re a “westside coach” a “PRI certified coach.” You have to create YOUR training ideology. 

You have to create a training system that has YOUR name on it. 

This is how you gain respect in the industry. 

You have to do the work, apply the knowledge, collect the data, and create the proven process. 

Don’t join the cults or superhero movies. 

Become your own training system.

Adam Menner

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