I Don’t Really Know What I Am Doing

Feels good to say! You may have figured that out by now if you know me pretty well, but if you met me at a workshop, you might think otherwise, at least I like to think that’s how I come off:) Now I don’t pretend to be something that I am not. In fact I do my best to be transparent to colleagues, friends (Facebook and in the flesh!), followers (my Tweeps!), employers and family. I have been reading Seth Godin’s book “Tribes” which was given to me by my buddy DPS (David Petronne Swalve) and it is getting me fired up!!!

Tribes by Seth Godin, a great and quick read

Tribes by Seth Godin, a great and quick read


Many people choose to avoid a leadership role because they are afraid of being wrong, criticized or made to look like a fool. I have experienced all three of these and honestly I do not like it. I am uncomfortable with being criticized and hate to look “bad”. (inset joke here for my friends). putting myself out in social media and creating educational products has been a risk for me because I have had to open my thoughts, opinions and how I live my life up to judgement of thousands of people. Is it easier to do so online that in person? Yes, but it is a risk nonetheless. Part of me has been looking for a greater platform to initiate change, to become a catalyst for the next evolution and to become a more substantive part of peoples lives. I want to contribute at a deeper level. I want to make a difference in more people’s lives. Being a parent and husband has been more rewarding than I have ever imagined. Reaching the successes that I have in my career have been wildly unthinkable (coming from a perspective of self doubt, not of hubris). As I type this blog post I am in Nanjing China getting ready to work with the Chinese Tennis Association at their Nanjing National Clinic. This is the 2nd year that they have flown me to China to work with their players and coaches. I mean come on…that is ridiculous, isn’t it? Me getting hired to go to China???? Yesterday I was able to cross a HUGE accomplishment off of my TTDBID list (things to do before I die). I visited, and mounted an assault on the Great Wall of China.
eric beard great wall of china
I attacked the Wall with fervor and excitement and my lower body is crushed today as part of the aftermath. It was an amazing experience. The connection with our past and an icon of another time being shared with people from around the world was powerful.
Me, Some Aussies and our Muslim Friend after conquering the wall

Me, Some Aussies and our Muslim Friend after conquering the wall


But back to my point…the taste of success I have had in my personal and professional life has whetted my appetite for more. I just don’t know how to do it. I am quite proud to be working for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the California University of Pennsylvania. I am also proud to represent my own brand that I share with all of you. I just don’t know how to get to the next step. I enjoy providing coaching to others in the industry to help them reach their goals and believe that I have done well helping others achieve. I also know that there is more ahead for me and more value that I will be able to offer others.

I just want to make sure you know that I don’t know what I am doing. I have a clear vision of where I want to go and the impact that I want to have on others. I just don’t know exactly how to get there yet. I feel like I could go on and on but to spare you I will try and curtail this Jerry Maguire moment and not give you my personal manifesto over this blog post.

Tommy boy after some bad pizza on the road

Tommy boy after some bad pizza on the road


As Godin Writes “The only thing that makes people and organizations great is their willingness to not be great on the way. The desire to fail on the way to reaching a bigger goal is the untold secret of success.”

So, in case you didn’t know, which you probably did, I am not sure how to get where I want to go. I may very well know how to help you, and maybe that is how I get where I want to go…but my plan needs some refinement.

Thank you so much for your time. I truly hope you are invested in doing what you love to do and get to contribute positively to other people’s lives.

Eric Beard
CEO A-Team
Corrective Exercise Specialist
AthleticShoulder.com
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