And he's been sharing that knowledge on a special visit to the Hillhead/Jordanhill rugby club in Glasgow's West End, writes Doug Stewart.
Thirteen years since his first cap for Scotland, the former national skipper visited Hughenden to hold coaching clinics from the junior to senior ranks and to unveil the latest in his series of videos on the values of Scottish Rugby.
With thousands having already watched the previous instalments, Chris's visit to the club was to say a special thank you for taking part in the filming.
Paterson, who is Scotland's record cap and points- holder, said: "I've been looking at the values of rugby and this new episode is about 'Achievement'.
"For me, reaching 100 caps for Scotland was a huge achievement, but it doesn't really matter what level of the game you're playing at to get that feeling.
"On the walls of Murrayfield there is a photograph of Stuart Ross, who captained Hillhead/Jordanhill to a league title a couple of years ago.
"The photo is extraordinary and really captures the emotion of achievement.
"Stuart's story is no different, really, from some of the top professionals in the game. Sacrifice for training, time away from family, but training, playing and succeeding with people who are your best friends.
"We spoke to people at all levels of the game for this series, including Andy Nicol, captain of the Calcutta Cup-winning side in 2000, and it's remarkable how the values tie everything together.
"Andy and Stuart, although playing at two ends of the spectrum, went through the same emotion at achieving their goals."
The Scottish Rugby values videos cover Respect; Leadership; Achievement; Engagement and Enjoyment. They are available to view at ScottishRugby.org