I receive numerous emails and DMs from aspiring fitness professionals who wish to succeed in the industry, so I sat down and organized my thoughts on the topic.
You hone your craft in the gym. Time spent in the gym = good. Time spent learning and expanding your knowledge also = good. Who you know is as important as what you know, so you gotta make connections and network. And you need to develop a strong work ethic and sound traits.
But more important than what you do do is what you don’t do. So many of my friends and colleagues have pissed their lives away partying, gambling, and screwing around. I was Frank the Tank in my 20’s and partied like an animal. And guess what? Nobody ever heard of me; I was irrelevant in fitness. It wasn’t until I stopped acting like a kid and stepped it up in life that I started experiencing success. Of course you need to have a balanced life, and drinking a few beers or glasses of wine isn’t a bad thing. But you’ll never be all that you can be if you’re floating through life half buzzed and constantly seeking an altered state. S&C should be your drug! And I’ve never met a troll that amounted to anything in the real world.
When you’re working, you’re not spending, so in essence you’re saving. And savings will allow you to attend seminars, get certified, get an advanced degree, subscribe to a research review, build a home gym, create a website, and/or open up a business. It’ll also allow you to pay your bills on time and treat spouses, family, and friends occasionally, which equates to less stress and more happiness.
Anyone can be busy in life. That’s easy with modern technology. But not everyone can be efficient. Success begets success and each small victory paves the way for the next one.
Now, if you’re passionate about this industry like I am, it’s not all hard work. Hell, much of this advice applies to any career or just life in general. If you’re currently slacking and not making the best decisions, start building better habits and setting small goals. I’m very proud to have built up my name and influence in this industry, but it wasn’t easy. It takes decades of hard and smart work and then one day you’ve made it.