A former instructor at the top of the peloton has a message for aspiring instructors: Don’t expect to earn $1 million a year.
Instead, teach the art of teaching guns.
That’s what David Zuckerman, who was a top instructor at Lance Armstrong’s Continental team for a decade, tells Business Insider.
“I think what the sport is looking for is someone who can teach the skills that are in front of them,” Zuckers says.
“We need people who are passionate about the sport and passionate about learning the game.
It’s not just about earning money.
You’re going to be better off teaching the game because you have that passion and you know how to teach it.”
For Zuckermans first foray into teaching guns, he was fired after a year of teaching and training at an elite bike shop.
“There was a whole bunch of things that happened,” Zucks first year at a company called Firearm Supply.
“They hired a whole lot of people who didn’t know much about firearms,” he says.
So he and a fellow instructor were forced to resign.
“It was a real slap in the face,” Zucker says.
Zuckerners next move was to start his own company, where he teaches gun safety, maintenance and repair.
“You can go to any major company in the world and find people who can do this for you and they’re not going to make you money.
But we did,” he explains.
That same year, Zuck was offered a job at the United States Olympic Committee, which offered him a six-figure salary, which he gladly accepted.
Zucks second job was at a gun store.
He and his wife, who he calls a “fire safety expert,” were told to go home because the store didn’t have any weapons.
“That was a big slap in my face,” he remembers.
“This is a sport where we’ve been taught to take everything in our hands, and we were told that we couldn’t do it.
It was a huge wake-up call.”
But after that experience, he says he was hesitant to go back to a traditional job.
“For a long time, I was really afraid to go in,” he recalls.
“But after a while, I just kind of knew, I don’t want to do this anymore.
This is something I love, this is something that I love doing, and it’s not something that’s going to get me a lot of money.”
The first time he got fired after working at the Olympic Games, Zucks wife had a heart attack.
But Zuck says he wasn’t afraid to let go of that.
“She was so worried, and I was just trying to calm her down, and she was like, ‘Don’t worry, I’m okay,'” he says, laughing.
“And that was the first time I truly felt that I wasn’t going to give up.
I just said, ‘We’re going.’
It was kind of the first real, genuine time where I realized I wasn