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I love this time of the year because it's a great opportunity to meet up with the best strength coaches in the nation to learn and spread information. As I'm driving in from Wichita, pondering on my three hour drive, I'm amazed at how quickly technology and information can spread. Years ago, we wouldn't have the access to great Olympic Weightlifting coaches, powerlifters, or strength and conditioning professionals as we do today. We're blessed.

We truly live in a digital era where we can quickly amass a collective intellect about our profession and what techniques and skills are optimal within our craft. As you sit in the conference halls listening to these great speakers, try to listen with a beginner's mind.

Don't be so quick to judge or discredit an idea. Try to think for a moment that because their information may disagree with your previous notion, listen to it thoroughly and to try to take the benefits out of each lecture. Even a king can learn from the court jester.

I'm not suggesting that you should throw your big rocks away or your founding principles by the wayside, but rather, try to take a better approach and listen to see what you can apply to your strength and conditioning programs.

I will be in attendance at this conference throughout this week, I hope I meet many of you. This is truly a spectacular event.

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