Dr Fred Grosse – Wisdom from a Great Mentor
I am very grateful to have worked with some wonderful teachers in my life. One that I consider a wise mentor is Dr. Fred Grosse. My husband, Ivan, sent me an audio late yesterday afternoon which he had received from Dr Fred. It is an interview which took place after a training day Dr. Fred had conducted.
Ivan wrote in the email to me “Did you get this e-mail, I just listened to the recording of the interview, it is a great refresher.”
I had not received the email but the timing was perfect. Yesterday I had one of those days that you would rather do without. I could not get a browser to work for more than 5 minutes at a time and spent half the day on the phone with tech support people – but enough of that. I knew listening to Dr. Fred Grosse was just what I needed to get me out of my “poor me-victim” type thoughts.
Listening to the interview which was around 25 minutes long was just what I needed. It indeed was a great refresher as Ivan had suggested. Before I tell you what the audio was “refreshing” for us I need to share about Dr. Fred Grosse.
About Dr. Fred Grosse
I met Dr. Fred Grosse when I was part of a company that put on events in Australia and we promoted him down here. He is one of the most amazing, interesting and special people I have ever met. Dr.Fred works as a corporate coach and mentor. He is an ordained Rabbi and has a doctorate in clinical psychology along with a whole string of other qualifications. He is the author of a book called Black Belt of the Mind and has a couple of CD programs. You can find out more here at his website Dr Fred Grosse.
What is really amazing about the man though is his uncanny ability to “know”. Psychic is the only word I know to use to describe this but does not seem to do him justice.
Listening to the Audio
Back to Ivan saying the audio was a great “refresher”. Ivan and I, along with about 30 others, did a 12 month long mentoring course with Dr. Fred back in mid 2004 to mid 2005.
The structure was 4 meetings of 2 consecutive days with lots of “homework’ in between. Listening to the audio was a very short summary and reminder of all that we covered and learned in the year. It is clearly difficult to have a year packed into 25 minutes but it ignited memories in me and I wanted to share some of them with you on my blog.
What really stood out for me yesterday in listening to the recap was the closing question the interviewer asked Dr. Fred. I wanted to share with you his answers and see what you think.
Question to Dr. Fred
The interviewer asked something like “What is your defining moment in your career of 40 years in the coaching arena – everyone has one”.
Dr Fred answered ” I think when I decided I was an international and that I live in the entire world.” He said that together with his core beliefs result in him seeing himself as a true International. His core beliefs are:
- That he does not want to look back and have regrets.
- Stay fit and healthy and live beyond 120. And to develop a program to teach others to do the same.
I have heard him say many times he plans to live to 120. I remember the first time I heard it I could not even comprehend someone thinking they would live that long. I have well and truly since warmed to the idea.
Over dinner last night Ivan and I discussed and revisited Dr. Fred’s teaching and decided to go back through our workbooks. I will be sharing some of my learning here with you as we do that.
But back to living to 120 and being a true international. When I was about 10 at school we were asked to write about what we wanted to do when we grew up (like all 10 year olds really know that)! I wrote that I wanted to grow up and travel to every country in the world and meet everyone. My teacher told me that was ridiculous. Maybe the meeting every person was but the travelling part I thought was realistic 🙂
Dr. Fred and his wife live between the USA and Christchurch, New Zealand with many visits to other countries.
Here is my perspective on living to 120+. I would love to if I am fit and well. I still have so much I want to do and achieve. I also like the idea that there is still so much time left for me and it feels invigorating. I compare this to some of my friends who are also baby boomers and talk as if they are on the last stage of their life.
I hope you have enjoyed me sharing some of the wisdom from a great mentor – Dr. Fred Grosse. What do you think about the idea of living to 120? I would love to hear your comments on this and if you enjoyed this post please share it with your friends.
PS : How to earn $1200 a day the easy way