People ask me all the time how I’m able to manage it all and look so happy doing it. Running a business full-time, going to school full-time, raising a family, and taking care of my health is all part of my daily routine. My answer to that question is GRATITUDE. I know it cheesy but its true!
It was unrealistic for me to get an MBA because I was a “jock” in high school. It was unrealistic for me to become a successful business owner because “I had no money”. It was unrealistic for me to have kids because “I waited so long”. It was unrealistic for me to be in the fitness industry because I was the “fat kid” growing up. Fortunately, there have come many before me who have proved that being UNREALISTIC was the best thing for me.
It was UNREALISTIC that flipping a switch could turn on a light. Thankfully Thomas Edison didn’t think so. It was UNREALISTIC to believe you could turn a chunk of metal into an airplane. Thankfully The Wright Brothers didn’t think so.
Where I excel is my ridiculous discipline and positive attitude towards the unknown. I used what I learned as a competitive athlete and transferred that into my work, family, and overall goals.
It has always been my belief that I was going to create a life much greater than I had ever experienced. I believed that something different could happen if I didn’t give up. It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows either.
When I decided to go back to college I had to start at a community college because I didn’t have the GPA to get accepted into the University of my choice. I had to sit in remedial math classes before the community college would accept me. When I decided to open up my gym I was a full-time high school teacher and coach. I would teach, coach football or wrestling, then rush over to my warehouse gym and coach evening classes. I did that for two years without ever making a single penny from the gym. In fact, many times my teaching salary would be spent on equipment for the gym. Having kids was something I secretly always wanted but I never could find the right person that I felt like I could share the rest of my life with. Before meeting my wife, I had been in many failed relationships. At one point I thought I would never have kids. I remained patient and didn’t give up on raising a family. That’s when I met my amazing wife. I still believe she married me to have the most awesome name ever Ashley Ashley💕
My friends, I leave you with this, “develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” I’m living proof of that.