“We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here?” ~Steve Jobs
This man was a genius to me. He was also a foster child. Adopted. Dropped out of college. Then became one of the most successful men in the universe. I honestly don’t believe he wanted to be the richest man in the world. I feel like he just want to succeed.
I’m no fully educated personal trainer with 4 certifications and a degree in exercise science.
I dropped out of college after collecting 25 credits, got a crappy personal training job after I had only weight lifted for about 8 months prior, and got fired for being an asshole.
Now: I’m still an uneducated man, still a college dropout, but now I run a successful training program, invented a Kettlebell structure unlike anything you’ve seen, written some books, help discover a Obstacle Course Racing program, and am currently working on much more. I didn’t do that by having certifications. I spent almost 10 years now standing in between dumbbells, sprinting on high school tracks, swinging kettlebells, and learning from others.
You have to love what you do, control your stresses, and be around the right people. Eight years ago, I wouldn’t have wanted to be around me. With failure comes success however. It truly is the only way to learn.
You Are What You Eat – If you eat like crap, you feel like crap, then you will look like crap. In the non-nutritional terminology, if you half-ass workouts, or half-ass a project report, or half ass a presentation – you’ll get half-assed results. You get what you put in. Be the first person to get there, and be the last one to leave if you want to be a Peyton Manning in your career or body.
Don’t Be A Niche Whore – You can’t possibly succeed if you are changing endeavors all the time. It doesn’t work in relationships. It doesn’t work in jobs. It definitely doesn’t work in workouts. If you keep bouncing around trying to master certain trades, it gives up all of your attention on the one trade you are going to crush. Bodybuilders build bodies. Athletes run sprints and do Olympic moves. Yoga artists bend. You can be a bendy bodybuilder who runs marathons. Create your own niche, but the worst thing you can do is jump from bandwagon to bandwagon and expect results.
Be Loyal – Whether it’s your boss, your trainer, or your lawyer – you’ll never earn the trust you need to succeed if you’re willing to break that bond. If you want to win, and you go play for another team on the weekends, how would your coach feel? If it were me, I’d cut it off and let you go. You get less effort and less help from the people who will help you succeed. Pick your poison and drink it. Don’t go around trying everyone else’s, because one may finally kill you.
Hey Yo. – Give handshakes with people you’re just meeting. Give high fives and daps to people who you know extremely well. Congratulate your clients and customers. When you are walking by someone, look them in the eye and say something. Don’t refer to them as “bro”, “man”, “dude”, or anything else that shows them you didn’t remember their name when you first met.
Instead of asking people right away for their money in a sale, ask them about their life. Do they have dogs? The more successful people show great customer service. A lot of salesmen get good reputations for being dirty, hustling, and bugging the mess out of their clients. Keep in mind, everyone who is intrigued in buying a product or service is interested (or else they wouldn’t be there). Do these few things and not only will you be able to contribute to their needs, but they will send you everyone they know.
Read More – If you are looking for motivation on where to start your dream come true, television is not the place to go. Keep in mind that television is completely run off of marketing and commercials. That’s how things get paid for. If you need a motive, read something. Books. Autobiography’s. Some of the most influential books I have ever read helped me create who I am today. I remember sitting in a 9 hour car ride from Orlando, Florida after I had just watched a fitness seminar about building your own brand. It’s “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss. It made me who I am today. Although I love me some Walking Dead, that hour does nothing for me as far as achieving my dream. I’m not saying give up the tube, I’m saying if you want real motivation it’s in writing.
Be Normal – What’s wrong with being ordinary? The social media world has ruined this. We seem to compare ourselves to everything we see that looks extraordinary. While it’s completely understandable to let this motivate you, know that a tree’s roots are it’s foundation. A tree is planted in the ground. It can’t look at a pretty flower and try to be that. Be comfortable in your own skin and if you want to play kickball, watch wrestling, lift heavy, and spend 50% of your day playing fetch in the backyard with your dogs then embrace it. I just described myself. Let the extraordinary motivate you to be a better ordinary you.
Don’t Make F***ing Up Look Cool – It’s crazy how this has become a staple for humor lately. Some people take this life seriously. Having characteristics of being late, not listening well, and failing is not a good one. It’s definitely an attention grabber, but it’s the wrong attention for success. No one will want to help you, and if I’ve learned one thing in this life, it’s that you WILL need help. It’s not a lonely road to mental satisfaction and physical success. It’s packed with people.
Prepare for the Known and Unknown – I’m not talking about aliens. I’m talking about what may happen. As a fitness coordinator and instructor, you have to prepare for everything. I’m also ready just in case something happens that will knock me off track. It’s happened. I tore every ligament and fractured my tibia in my left knee 3 years ago. Training-wise it set me back tremendously. Business-wise, I was prepared for it. Be ready for anything and everything, not just what is it front of you. I have a great saying I always refer to. “Stay ready; you’ll never know when you have to get ready.” If aliens come, I have my plan. Jeff Goldblum.
Be a Yip Man – Have you ever heard of Yip Man? Some may. It’s OK to be someone that no one knows. You’ll get your success. Just like Steve Jobs. You can go around town asking people who Steve Jobs is and I guarantee people will only know because he passed away. You don’t have to be “the man” to be successful, remember that. Do what you do and do it well. That’s all. Yip Man was Bruce Lee’s trainer.
Practice Makes Perfect – I was watching Chopped the other month when a male who was 23 was battling other chefs who had 20 years of experience in the kitchen. His attitude about the situation was the he was being over-looked and that he trained himself. He had a pretentious and confident attitude that later got him in trouble. He was voted off first round because he wasn’t familiar with an ingredient. In 20 years, he may be the best chef of all time. Right now, he needs practice.
One of my most influential fitness pros is a man named Jason Beck (and he probably doesn’t even know it). This guy knows his stuff. He was a powerlifter half of his life, and now, since he is supporting his family, he has cut down his weight; and trust me, this guy is ripped (that’s what doing heavy power moves and eating properly will do to you). Here’s what he has to say about practice makes perfection:
“You know what I’m tired of seeing? Blogs, Youtube videos, and forum post from people that really don’t know what they are talking about. They believe they know but they just don’t. I don’t care if you can squat double bodyweight, I’m not impressed. I don’t care if you have a “cert” even if it’s a CSCS, anyone can regurgitate information without truly understanding it. I truly don’t even care if you have an exercise science degree. I went through a program in an exercise science department. It simply means you are ready to start. You’re not finished understanding. Put 10, 20, 30 years under the bar. 10, 20, 30 months isn’t enough time.” ~Jason Beck
Train Because You Love Your Body, Not Hate It – This may be the most genius advice I have ever given my clients. This doesn’t necessarily fall under the realms of just your body. Don’t work on becoming the best lawnkeeper ever because you hate ugly lawns. Become the best lawnkeeper ever because the thought of freshly cut grass and the sounds of sprinklers make you giddy.
Be A “Clif” – One of the coolest stories happens to lie on the back of an energy bar. If memory serves me right, the Clif Bar was actually named after the inventor’s dad. He was a mountain climber and he needed energy to get through his hikes so he invented the Clif Bar. I’m not genius but I’m pretty sure this dude became successful because he literally designed something he loved. Honestly, Clif Bar’s could have been a fluke. Either way, a passion helped out his dream. You need that passion. You HAVE to care about something in order to win or succeed. Passion is like the organic brown rice and date paste in the Clif Bar of life. Without it, it wouldn’t be worth eating.
This is where your body changes,