A Common Bond

Robert Cornish Car

I’m a race car driver, a pioneer in using data acquisition to improve driving performance, and a pioneer in coaching race car drivers on the track and off the track.

It was my dream as a child to be a race car driver, it’s what I always dreamed to do and I excelled at it. I stopped because It was time to stop, I did it enough, and because I was seeing a whole new potential in coaching race car drivers to the next stage without losing their passion, without losing their drive, and using all the reasons they wanted to be a race car driver to excel in business.

I raced seriously for over 20 years in SCCA F-Vee Regional and National racing (I was in the first SCCA licensing school held at Sears Point Raceway when it opened in 1970).

I was San Francisco Region SCCA F-Vee Champion in 1983, North Pacific Division champion 1978, 1985. I qualified for and competed 11 times for SCCA National Champion at Road Atlanta, best finish 8h in 1983 driving the original Formcar Formula Vee “Petunia”. (The most famous formula vee in the world. She is till housed in my garage. http://www.2belangers.net/vvr/images/pet2.html ).

I also owned and operated a racing shop specializing in F-Vee race preparation, engine building, car building and race track servicing for customers from ’78 – ’93.

In the late 80’s I was one of the first racing shops to do driver coaching using data acquisition and this opened a whole new possibility for coaching when I took training in personal coaching from the founders of The Coaches Training Institute and I was one of the first Master Certified Coaches designated by International Coach Federation.

If you have had your own experience of racing, then you and I have a common bond together.

I want to share with you that common bond factor we very likely have, and how one of the elements of it may be undermining attaining the highest level of success you could achieve in your business. It did for me in my racing career, and for many years with my business endeavors, but not anymore.

In the early 70’s Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, known as the “Father of North American Sport Psychology” conducted the largest study of the psychological profile of athletes in major sports around the world. This study included race car drivers. I was actually one of the data points in it and you may have been too.

What Dr. Ogilvie reported in his summary regarding race car drivers revealed that, as a group, we have superior intelligence (top 2 percent of the population), very high emotional stability, with a strong desire and will to live, are very independent, self-reliant, somewhat exhibitionistic, and are very low in deference.  If like me you weren’t familiar with deference, it means “Submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another.” In other words, we want to figure it ALL out ourselves.

Dr. Ogilvie added Except for the great ones, great race drivers of the time showed a willingness to set aside their resistance to seeking advice from others, and did so, in order to perform better.”

It’s this very low deference trait that sets us most apart from other athletes, and often undermines us achieving our full potential in all areas of life. That is except for the great ones. And there is a secret that those who go on to be great in racing and in business use. Without it you may fail or you may even be good; but you will never be great. I’ve learned that secret and have been passing it on to my business clients. The results have been amazing!

Want to know more. Schedule a breakthrough session with me to explore if this is happening and what to do to overcome it.