Honestly, probably not.
I mean, seriously, is there anything that I could possibly teach you that the most successful coaches in the world — people like Tony Robbins, David Goggins, Tim Ferris, etc. — haven’t already said and done before?
Of all people, who am I to throw my hat in the ring?
And more to the point, why should you care what I have to say?
Breaking it down objectively:
- My IQ is only marginally above average
- While I’m athletic, I’m not the fastest runner, nor am I the strongest weightlifter
- Yes, I’ve made some money in my life…but I’m far from the richest person on the planet
- And let’s be honest, my looks certainly aren’t anything to write home about
Clearly, I’m not the poster boy of success that you see on the front page of GQ magazine, nor am I an Elon Musk-level successful billionaire and entrepreneur.
But…I do have a very special set of skills
Like Liam Neeson’s infamous character in the movie Taken, I possess a very special set of skills I’ve honed and mastered over the past 15 years.
These skills include…
Living my life by the “daily 3 big things”
This is a technique I learned from Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project.
Before I sign off at the end of the day, I plan out the three big tasks that I will accomplish tomorrow. These three big tasks are carefully selected such that they will move myself incrementally closer to my life and business goals.
Barring significant injury/death to myself or an immediate family member, these tasks will absolutely get done, no matter what.
Doing this practice over many months and years is how you move mountains.
Productivity hacks and techniques
I’m not exaggerating when I say that in a single 8 hour workday that I can get done what most people will struggle to get done in a 40 hour work week. I’ve spent my entire adult life learning and practicing how to become more efficient and get more done with less time and less energy.
These techniques aren’t a superpower and they can be taught to you…if you have the right teacher.
Activating flow states
Flow is a natural state of mind where you become completely and totally immersed in an activity, to the point where your surroundings fade away, you lose track of time, and you become immensely productive.
Chemically, these states naturally produce massive amounts of norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin, and endorphins, far more powerful than any drug cocktail (prescription or otherwise).
Flow states are not only a key part of productivity, but they are also paramount in your long-term mental health and wellbeing.
One of my particular skills is being able to trigger these flow states on a near daily basis for hours at a time, thus skyrocketing not only my productivity, but my mental health as well.
Every night I read 25-50 pages of nonfiction in a field that is outside my primary area of expertise (i.e., in my case, topics outside computer vision and artificial intelligence).
Not only is doing so educational, and thereby expanding my mind, but I’ve found this practice allows me to see patterns in the world that I would have otherwise missed.
An unrelenting drive for self-improvement
I have no idols and I don’t compare myself to anyone else on this earth. I only compare myself to the person I was yesterday.
I try to make myself better each day. Some days I make a small improvement. Other days I completely and utterly fail.
But I don’t beat myself up when I make a mistake (or many, in rapid succession).
I learn from my mistakes, take note of them, and then move on.
Tomorrow is a new day. Let’s make that one better than the last. Over days, weeks, and years, those small improvements add up.
Self-discipline is the most important skill you should master.
A behavioral psychologist friend and mentor of mine once described me as “the most disciplined person she’s ever met.”
Discipline, and more importantly, self-discipline, is the key to a productive, happy, and fulfilling life.
But discipline is a muscle — you need to work it to become stronger, otherwise it atrophies.
Building your discipline muscle tends to be far harder than repping out back squats or bench presses in the gym (although working out regularly is an excellent way to build self-discipline).
These skills can be taught…even if you’re a slow learner like me
These are all skills I’ve learned “in the trenches”, typically by making countless mistakes, being too slow to learn from them, and then repeating them again until I finally learned where I was going wrong.
(Like I said, my IQ isn’t very high. I’m a slow learner and it takes more repetitions than I would like to admit for the lesson to finally be learned.)
Life lessons aren’t free (nor should they be)
I don’t watch a lot of television, but one show I take a significant amount of guilty pleasure in watching is Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush, a reality TV show that follows around family-owned and operated gold mining operations.
I have absolutely zero interest in gold mining — but what I love about the show is that it highlights some of the incredible trials these miners face out in the harshest, most remote conditions Mother Nature can serve up.
When you’re that far from civilization, where spare parts can take weeks to arrive, and when the closest hospital is hours away, even a small mistake can have dire consequences — both to mining company’s bottom line, and to the health and wellbeing of the mine employees.
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Tony Beets, a Klondike gold miner from the show:
Lessons cost money. Good ones cost lots.
The point is that you need to learn from your mistakes. If you make a mistake, learn from it — and the more painful (or expensive) the lesson is, the more likely you are to remember the lesson you learned.
The same can be said of life lessons in general…
…and I’ve spent a lot more than I would like to admit on the lessons I’ve learned throughout my professional career.
Teaching is my passion
I started my company, PyImageSearch, back in January 2014.
At the time, I was finishing my PhD in computer science with a focus in computer vision (writing software that can understand and interpret what’s inside an image, such as face recognition and self-driving cars) and machine learning (creating software that can learn from hidden patterns in complex data).
While I was grateful to be completing my PhD, I was thoroughly frustrated with the lack of quality, hands-on tutorials in the computer vision field — if I had access to better tutorials and learning materials, I would have been able to finish my PhD faster (and with less headaches and frustration).
Furthermore, I was the “resident expert” in my graduate program in computer vision — there weren’t many professors I could go to if I was having a problem with my research.
I decided to create PyImageSearch so others wouldn’t have as hard of a time as I did learning computer vision.
Over the past eight years I’ve had the incredible honor and privilege to teach millions of developers, students, and researchers computer vision.
As PyImageSearch’s case studies and testimonials show, I think it’s been a resounding success.
Through running PyImageSearch I found that educating and teaching others is my passion.
The key to a successful life is empowering others
As a young kid, I remember how excited I was for Christmas morning.
The thought of Santa Claus coming down the chimney and placing perfectly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree was too much for me to bear.
Typically, I wouldn’t get a wink of sleep Christmas Eve…
…and then I’d wake up my begrudging parents at 4:30AM to open up presents.
As an adult, I no longer feel the same way about Christmas.
I’m not losing sleep Christmas Eve, overwhelmed with nervous excitement about what gifts lie under the tree.
I don’t wake up my family at 4:30AM.
And no longer do I open presents like a rapid banshee come Christmas morning.
Instead, my perspective shifted.
It’s no longer about me on Christmas morning — it’s about the young kids in my extended family. I get to watch the joy and glee in their eyes as they open their gifts. And in watching them, I get to relive the same delight and pleasure I felt as a kid.
The same thing happened to me and PyImageSearch last year.
For nearly seven years I was the only author of tutorials on PyImageSearch.
I (incorrectly) believed that the PyImageSearch audience only wanted to learn from me, my experience, and my perspectives in the computer vision field.
After spending a few months reflecting on this notion, I realized just how incorrect I was.
It was a blow to my ego, but I realized there are plenty of people in this world, arguably even more qualified than myself, to teach certain areas of computer vision.
I realized that if my goal was to build the most comprehensive computer vision education resource online, then I better start empowering other educators and authors.
The first six months of 2021 was spent finding, developing, and cultivating a diverse range of authors and educators from various backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds, thereby ensuring PyImageSearch represented as many corners of the world as possible.
The result was not unlike what I felt when watching the young kids in my family open presents on Christmas morning — joy, ebullience, and most importantly, pride in what the team was accomplishing all on their own.
I always tell people that the goal of any founder or CEO is to “fire themselves” from jobs within the company — you need to empower others, raise them up, and make them better than you ever were or ever could be in a given role.
And if you do that, over time, you will have a successful company.
And that’s why I’ve decided to become a coach
At this point in my career, PyImageSearch doesn’t consume all my time like it used to.
The business is more like an adolescent kid — it can function on its own, wipe its own ass, make sound decisions, and, for the most part, stay out of trouble.
In many ways I’m like a parent who finds that they have more time on their hands now that their kids are older.
But instead of spending that time binging television shows, hitting the bars/pubs, or “doom scrolling” on social media, I’m going to do what I’ve always done…
…invest my time and energy into helping others.
Why learn from me?
Listen, I’ve already told you that I’m not the smartest guy in the room.
I’m not the strongest or the fastest.
Hell, I’ve not even the best looking.
But…over the past 15 years I’ve continually invested in myself — my education, my physical health, and my mental health — day after day, month after month, year after year.
That’s got me to where I am today…and I’m proud of that.
To paraphrase Tony Beets from above, lessons aren’t free, and the good ones are expensive.
I’ve learned a lot of expensive lessons in my life.
And my plan is to pass the lessons on to you in hopes that they won’t be so expensive or painful for you to learn — and hopefully, with a bit of self-discipline and an open mind on your part, you can live a better, happier, more fulfilling life.
Want me to coach you?
I’ll be opening up a limited number of coaching spots in the future.
If you’re interested, make sure you send me a note via my contact form so I know to put you on the shortlist.