Take Action…jobs don’t just fall out of the sky


I love working with athletes and I take a great deal of pride when I see them doing well, but I probably get an even bigger sense of satisfaction when I receive messages from S&C coaches telling me how they are getting on out in the big bad world of S&C (you know the world – the place where it currently seems very popular to bitch and moan about how tough it is to get a job).

This week I had a text from a coach that I first met 3 years ago and an e-mail from a young student that I’ve never even spoken to. Both messages made me smile and both proved that whilst it is a bloody tough profession to break into – the people that get their head down and crack on will make it. The rest will sit on the side lines – have a little moan and follow an alternative career path.

This was the text I received on Tuesday morning – it made me smile…


I first met this coach 3 years ago – he attended my first ‘You’re Hired’ workshop and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why! He ran a successful PT company and drove a far nicer car than I did! However – S&C was his passion and he wanted to put his nuts on the line and switch careers – not call himself a PT/S&C coach – he wanted to do it properly and immerse himself in the profession. We kept in touch and spoke on numerous occasions about how he was getting on with his adventure into S&C. At times I could tell frustration was creeeping in but he kept at it and 3 years down the line he sends me a text on a Tuesday morning to tell me he’s secured a fantastic job as a Performance Coach working for Hinsta Performance HG.

He took action.

The second message dropped into my inbox the next day and came from a young coach that I’ve never even met.

From: Daniel Speirs

Subject: Thank you!

Date: 13th May 2015 15:04:52 GMT

Dear Nick,

I hope this e-mail finds you and your family well!

I would firstly like to say thank you! Your book has given me in simple terms, the royal kick up the arse I needed! The way it’s written captured me from the beginning, an after completing every task all the way through I realised I am nowhere near a ninja, and I now have a clear plan of what I need to do not only in the next 4 weeks, but also in the long term to become a strength and conditioning coach. I have my final exam next Wednesday of my Sport and Exercise Science degree and before reading your book it was a daunting thought, however I am now genuinely excited to get those hands dirty!

Once again, thank you for a brilliant read! I look forward to keeping a keen eye on your future work!

Kind Regards,

Daniel Speirs


He’s taking action.

I look forward to hearing from Daniel in 3 years time when he’s landed that dream role.



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Nick GranthamTake Action…jobs don’t just fall out of the sky

One Comment on ““Take Action…jobs don’t just fall out of the sky”

  1. Jon Finn

    Hi nick

    Your book really inspired me to take action. Two years ago I decided I didn’t want to be a teacher, I was on a PGCE course ready to go. But I had always wanted to train people, so I quit the course got a part time job at a teaching assistant and started a masters in SnC. I did loads of volunteering with lots of different clubs like your book suggested. From this experience I managed to gain a job at Birmingham uni in August this year as a trainee SnC coach. Thanks for your help! I don’t think I would be here with out your book! Thanks!!!

    Hope you are well.


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