Ski Inspiration #2: Starting with Why

Nothing like spending a day with 300 real life ski pros to get you thinking about winter.

I’m not an instructor yet, so I’m lucky to have a friend who is.  Last weekend I was invited to tag along and attend the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Fall Conference.

What I learned: this is serious business and these people are at the top of their game.  Elite athletes, physicians, early childhood educators, motivational speakers – all skiers, all passionate about what they do and all happily spending time learning how to do it better.  Lectures ranged from Sarah Pilskalnietis’ “Inclusive Teaching for Children with Autism” to John Gillies’ “How Brain Science Helps Define our Approaches to Learning and Performing” to Warren Jobbitt’s “Motivation and Mentorship“.

Jobbitt is currently the Head Coach for Interski 2015 in Argentina and his lecture focused on purpose, the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’.  Inspired by author Simon Sinek and his views on inspirational leadership, he spoke of following your passion and harnessing that energy to drive something bigger than yourself.  Then he played a video for us.  This kind of video always grabs me, because I’m a traveller and a dreamer and an adventurer.  When you’re sitting with folks who live the ‘why’ every day, you realize sometimes life is even better than what you see in the movies.

Skiers, enjoy the 2:50 mark.


15 thoughts on “Ski Inspiration #2: Starting with Why

  1. That video rocks…but it also makes my desk job seem just a little bit drab today…oh well, we can’t all be independently wealthy or uber talented I guess…on a side note, when I graduated high school in ’91 my bestie and I were toying with the idea of taking a year off and going to Whistler…this was just after boards were allowed on ski hills…I often think that my life would be dramatically different had we done the “irresponsible thing” and followed our passion as opposed to doing what we were supposed to…oh well…

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  3. Wow, what an inspiring video! And lucky you that you’re getting to meet people who have such drive and passion for something.

  4. Reblogged this on Mountains to Mats and commented:
    Great post. I wish I had been able to go to the Fall convention. I used to get embarassed when I would mention to people that I am a ski instructor. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because growing up, the instructors all seemed like snobs to me. Like, “if you don’t do it my way, you’re not doing it right.” It took a while for me to break that way of thinking. I believe it was on my CSIA level III course prep, when skiing with Rob Buttler, I mentioned that when I became an instructor, I stopped having fun. He told me, “if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” From that point on, while I was still obsessed with creating the perfect turns, my teaching method changed. John Gilles was a huge asset to me in my skiing technique, but I credit myself in taking what he taught me, and making it so it was fun for me. I’d like to think that when I teach a group or an individual, I’m able to show them that it’s all about fun. The author of this post really has the right ski instructor mentallity if you ask me. The hunger to create the perfect turn, but the passion to make it fun!

    • Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to comment – and congratulations to you on the level III. Now I’m even more inspired! You CSIA folks are a pretty amazing group of people and the more I learn, the more I want to learn. Thank you.

  5. Great pic for the video!
    Why do I ski ? Because I like bumps ! Also love the air on a cold winter morning.
    Good post for promoting C.S.I.A. The skiing world is at your door step. Come enjoy the world of snow sports.

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