What’s the hardest part about being you?
Most people think I’m an extrovert. I’m not. Becuase of the career I’ve made a living being a highly energetic, extroverted coach people think that I’m that way all the time. I’m actually an introvert dressed in an extrovert custom.
What do you own that most people don’t know?
I own a humidor with a few dozen cigars at any one time.
What are you really bad at?
Musical instruments. I’ve tried the guitar but had to string it left handed. Needless to say, it didn’t work out. I have fantasies of playing the saxophone at five-star restaurants wooing the ole ladies.
What’s the worst purchase you’ve ever made?
A really expensive pair of sun glasses. I lost them in a week. Since then I only where bobo brands. You know what I mean. Glasses that have no name brand.
Whats your favorite place to visit?
My backyard. I go back there almost every day to get some ME time. I read, listen to music, smoke a cigar. It’s my happy place.
What’s your favorite book?
Water for Elephants. I’m a sucker for romantic novels. I refused to watch the movie until I finished the book. Then one day, after I finished reading the book, around noon I went to the theater and watched it all by myself.
What is your spirit animal?
A horse. The horse reminds me of the balance between the instinctive and tamed part of my personality. Physically, the anatomy of a horse is the perfection of muscle and aesthetics. Have you ever noticed that horses make landscapes look better?
Who has made you the most starstruck
Tim Tebow. I going to UF at the time. We had just won the National title. In the summer my roommate and I went to an FCA meeting where he was giving a speech. Later outside, he was taking pictures with students. I was too nervous to go up to him. Next season we won anoter National title!
What’s the best thing about being a coach at Naples Strength & Conditioning?
The people. I left a job teaching high school student because I didn’t feel the same passion and enthusiasm that I was experiencing coaching.I get to work with people who want to get in shape and take care of themselves. They pay me to coach them, give them advice, and ultimately help guide their health and wellness.
What’s the worst?
It never stops. Running a business is 24/7/365. You have to have thick skins and mental toughness. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint at heart but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What was your first job on the books?
I was a stocker for a local grocery store. It wasn’t terrible but I was jealous because of my best friend, who got me the job, was a cashier. That was the job I really wanted. I think they took a look at all my muscles and that was it.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
Cuba! I’m 75% Cuban. I love cigars and Cuban coffee. If I save enough money and retire I could live like a King there. At least that’s what I tell myself.
What is your favorite era?
Medieval times. Something about the survival of the fittest. Rising to the top intrigues me. Less dependence on technology and greater dependence on each other.
If you could take a lesson from any expert what would you learn?
How to overcome self-doubt. If you look at successful, rich entrepreneurs there have been moments in their career where they had to overcome fear, lack of self-confidence, and conflicting emotions. I want to know what helped them get through that.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, Disciplined, Introverted. I would say that most people would consider me extroverted because that’s how they see me as a coach. In that role, I play the part as an extrovert because that’s what my job requires. Away from the gym, I’m completely different. I’m very observant, enjoy solitude, and get very anxious in large group settings.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Go back to school. At the time I was coaching wrestling and cleaning pools. I had dropped out of college a few years back. I had just gotten out of the military a few years before. The head coach I was working for kept nagging me all season. I did it to get him off my back. That one decision has lead me to where I am today.
What’s your perfect pizza?
Thin crust meat-lovers. There’s no such thing as too much meat. And the crispiness of the thin crust is game changer.
What’s your worst habit?
I drink way too much coffee. I actually didn’t start drinking coffee until college. They helped me get my mornings going. I might have missed 5 days of not drinking coffee since. Yikes!
Whats your pet peeve?
Lack of initiative. If something doesn’t look right we should be empowered enough to make a change. From taking out the trash to following up with a client great leaders should power employees to take initiative. My belief is that employees that can’t take initiative are liabilities. They require hand holding and micromanaging to do their job.
How often are you wrong every day?
All the time. I don’t care about being wrong as long as it isn’t offending to other people and it serves a purpose. I come up with a dozen ideas for the business that never come to fruition. These ideas are wrong for the moment but they help move our company forward as innovative thinkers.
What phrase do you use a lot?
“You know what I mean?” I usually say that to my wife to test whether or not she is paying attention to my ramblings.
What game show would you like to be on?
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull. The show over-rates bigger dudes. I know without a shadow of a doubt I could take any of them down. The bigger they are the harder they fall!
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Telepathy. If you think about it the lack of knowing what other people are thinking is the root of all problems. We are forced to guess those issues and respond to that guess. In business, I would crush it. Becuase if I knew exactly what people wanted, I could deliver on that without guessing what I think they wanted. Personally, my wife would never get mad at me again!
When do you feel the most creative?
After reading. I get some many ideas from reading book. Many of the books I read are categorized as non-fiction, “self-help,” or biographies. I didn’t complete my first book until I was in college. Sad, but true.
What is your best advice for entrepreneurs?
Make sure whatever you do you are passionate about it. It will get you through the long days and years. In the first 3 years of doing business, I never paid myself a single dollar. My enthusiasm and energy to succeed got me through it.
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