I thought I’d go a little off-piste with this one.
Over the course of 300 or so posts (you’d think I’d know), you’ll have got the measure of me as a coach, crossfitter, father and serving military member. My successes, frustrations, happiness and pains have been splashed out in public over 2 years. What perhaps hasn’t come out is the breadth of activity that I enjoy and engage in daily, outside of those you already know about.
I was sat at my desk, surrounded by chaos, when I looked at the titles of some of the books littering the woodwork. I took in the entanglement of cables, dongles, circuit boards, NLP & coaching review papers, sports watches, nutrition notes. I looked at one screen to see me installing a bespoke bit of software via an SSH tunnel in to a Raspberry Pi attached to another screen, another R Pi coupled to a 7″ touchscreen and installed with software of nefarious capability.
- Coaching (fitness / life / management)
- Ethical Hacking / Penetration Testing
- Innovative Technology Solutions
- Blogging / Social Data Analytics
In all of these areas, I seek to become as specialised as possible. They interest me intently and I geek out over each one of them. Not quite becoming obsessive over my interests but there may have been one of two occasions where I’ve found myself still awake at 1am devouring more information and learning skills in each of those domains…each month 😉
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned not to pigeon-hole myself and to embrace as much as I think I can handle. The mentality alone has been enough to bring me in to contact with as diverse, broad, weird, expansive as group of minds as I think it is possible to achieve. As a consequence, I’ve had to understand views, opinions and intellects that otherwise would never have crossed my path. While I may never be as a accomplished in any of the skills as if I were to purely focus on just one, I feel far more fulfilled and rich as a result.
And if you ever need to understand the psychology of a fitness king while stalking them on social media with a view to hacking their mail server…..you know who to call 😉