The Importance of Mentorship

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Saturdays with Roman, Episode 6

We don’t “do” re-takes here at Roman Fitness Systems. One shot, one adorable me.

In this episode of Roman Fitness Systems, I introduce the newest Roman Fitness Systems Intern, Josh Hamilton. Josh wrote an essay that made it through to the final cut, and I explain why he’s been able to get my attention.

He explains his background, how he got here, where he plans to go with his physique and business, how we know each other and who he learns from.

Building off of this, I reveal and acknowledge some of the key mentors that were, and continue to be, a massive impact on my life. What my mentors have done for me, I am trying to do for Josh.

The power of mentorship cannot be understated, and can be the deciding factor in separating yourself from the pack.

Check this out, and meet-up down below.



Now that you’ve met Josh, what do you think? How have mentors impacted you in the areas of your life, and who are they?

What have you learned that wouldn’t be covered by simply going through the motions, or being a “lone wolf”?

Let’s get a solid discussion going in the comments, yo.

About the Author

John Romaniello is a level 70 orc wizard who spends his days lifting heavy shit and his nights fighting crime. When not doing that, he serves as the Chief Bro King of the Roman Empire and Executive Editor here on RFS. You can read his articles here, and rants on Facebook.

Comments for This Entry

  • Myke Macapinlac

    John, couldn't agree more. My experience with mentorship is something that has to be earned. You have to have something going on already before looking for someone to help you out. From my experience as a writer, I had to earn my stripes and figure out my own struggle before I was able to get mentorship from bigger people in my industry! Great video though, love the one take approach! Progress not perfection! Love it!

    September 9, 2013 at 1:20 am

  • Vivica Taylor

    Great vid! My biggest mentor has been my trainer. I just happened to be booked in with him for my gym induction when I joined as just another girl wanting to lose a ton of weight! We clicked straight away and his passion for training was clear! From that day he has helped me to completely change my life. He trained me from fat to fit (losing a total of 57lbs), inspired me to want to become a trainer, was a tutor on the Personal Trainer course that I attended, and then gave me a job in the very gym I had my transformation in! I don't think I can ever thank him enough for what he's helped me to achieve. Now that he's branching out to work more on his free-lance business, I'm able to recommend contacts that I've made along the way, and share articles and writers (yourself included) that I've found to be useful and interesting! Sadly though, he won't train me anymore as he says I should train myself now (even though I hate to do it), but I continue to glean every bit of new information I can from him at every opportunity! Other mentors that I've acquired along the way are more of a business nature, helping me to expand my Personal Training business! I'm truely thankful to them all for the invaluable help they've given me, especially in such a competitive market! :-)

    February 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • Roman Author

      This is a FANTASTIC story! I love this. I have a client just like this - he went on to become a trainer and nutritionist after losing 100 pounds. Congrats on your success!

      February 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  • Defense Nutrition

    While having a good mentor will save you time and money, you also want to be very careful who you choose to be your mentor for getting your body in peak performing condition. Choose carefully and make sure they are on board with your goals. Are you wanting more than just a physically element of change? Or more of a mental and physical element combination? Make sure they are on board with what's best to fuel your body as well. It will impact every area of your life if you pick the right one.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:37 am

  • Makeoverfitness

    Having a good mentor saves time and money. If you listen and take the advice, you can save yourself tons of pain. The key is to take the lessons learned and still find a way to put your stamp on anything you do. If you didn't have a mentor, take the lessons you learned the hard way and mentor someone else.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  • Stephen Holt

    Oh, damn - you made me promise "no bitching or whining" if you didn't pick me :-)

    January 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  • Nick

    I'd personally love to have a mentor, I've wanted one for a while and you've just reinforced that, although I'm not exactly actively looking... I also look forward to the day when someone would like me as a mentor, that'll be an awesome day!

    January 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  • cody

    These post are great and yet they always are.

    January 13, 2013 at 1:09 am

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