the joy of strength training


July 5th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

If Gandhi can…

Kate TaylorFolks, please welcome guest blogger Kate Taylor.

Kate is a personal trainer who is currently working with me as her career mentor. She aims to chart her progress and hone her writing skills along the way.

Enjoy her first post and leave your comments and feedback below.

Becoming a protégé

Have you ever wondered how the likes of Richard Branson and Yves St Laurent, Bradley Wiggins to Marco Pierre White got their big break? How have they come to be admired and recognised in their field when others are left in their wake?

Of course we all have; but perhaps what made the difference is that they went out and got it, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Greats in their game such as the aforementioned all have one common bond. They all had mentors.

Dadabhai Naoroji, mentor to Gandhi

Dadabhai Naoroji, mentor to Gandhi

There are few people who have had a more profound effect on the world than Mahatma Gandhi, acting as a significant motivation to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr as well as Nelson Mandela.  More notable is that Gandhi himself had a mentor: Dadabhai, an Indian leader.

Freddie Laker, mentor to Sir Richard Branson, advised him, “Make a fool of yourself. Otherwise you won’t survive’”. Branson went to the older and more experienced businessman for guidance.

It can take years to work your way up to the top. Learning, researching, networking, getting some things right and getting even more things wrong.

At large all experience is good, but why not go directly to ‘who’ you want to be in five or even ten years’ time and ask them to teach you how they got there?

Hence my reason for contacting Sally Moss. Out of what seemed nowhere, Sally was a recognised name in the female strength and performance circles – and not once have we seen her photographed with her top off!

I hope to realise my strengths and remove limitations, to hear how Sally has ascended through the ranks and who has inspired and influenced her own success.

Kate Taylor

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  • 1

    Really liked the brevity and substance of your post, Kate! I bet it also took you lots of guts to put yourself out there, what with so many bloggers, posts and stuff demanding one’s attention. Keep it up!

    You reminded me of when I was a student in the States and one christmas, when everybody headed home, I traveled to Indianapolis to meet Mike Robertson. Well, he wasn’t there, but I think that the search is what counts and as they say, the teacher arrives when the student is ready. Seems like you’ve found the right teacher!

    Elitsa Dermendzhiyska on July 12th, 2013
  • 2

    Hi Elitsa,
    Thanks for reading and commenting! I agree, Kate has really put herself out there. She’ll go far 😉

    gubernatrix on July 12th, 2013
  • 3

    I felt a message in this post, just having good quality feedback from someone who not only has shared your experiences but is very passionate about what you do is essential, and very hard to find.

    I find the Gubernatrix(Sally), approach to strength training very refreshing, even as a man you can only hear “go hard or go home” cheesy one liners so many times.

    As I am considering taking on an apprentice I shall be interested in hearing both sides of your relationship.

    Good Luck!


    Matt on July 23rd, 2013
  • 4

    Thanks Matt!

    gubernatrix on July 26th, 2013
  • 5

    Hi Kate! Great first post and a lovely read. I think you always need diff mentors though. For fitness I searched and found someone on Learncliki. Anyway, I agree for most part. My sister has always been my personal-life mentor 🙂

    Camilla on August 29th, 2013
  • 6

    i am greatly impressed by Kate. she should be a role model for every girl. thanks for sharing the post Sally. on May 10th, 2014
  • 7

    Thank you and I went the whole day without any Brit but you wiisnhg me happy day as most did not even pay attention..Ah me, and I did miss the beer and bratwurst. There is NOTHING on a hot summer’s day in the Midwest like a Wisconsin Johnson’s Brat and a North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, sitting by Lake Mendota, watching the boat races and fireworks…I am a little homesick.

    Tamo on December 27th, 2014
  • 8

    Kate, a great first post. I was busy with training and work and hardly had the time to browse my favorite blogs. But today I went through my favorites list and opened to your blog post. Sally is a great mentor and you have found a true personal guide. All the best.

    minnie on July 8th, 2015


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