I had a chance to attend a great fitness seminar last night at Fit Club Columbus. It was ran by Reebok, along with some of their professional sponsored athletes such as Cory Gregory, Silent Mike and Julie Foucher. I had a lot of wisdom and value shared to me by these 3. I did not write this to just share my experience but to also share a big lesson that is ESSENTIAL for being great in what you love. That lesson is to go learn from those who are doing it and especially SUCCESSFULLY doing it. This seminar was a great way for me to grow as a trainer and really gain more knowledge to use and teach to others.
Now again just because my passion evolves training doesn’t mean yours will. Lets say you dream of owning a pizza shop, there is not going to be a lot of seminars on how to do this haha so you will have to in a way, “make your own seminar”. When I say this, I simply mean go and find a local pizza shop that has had a lot of success. From there a good thing to do is go inside and ask who the owner is and if you can speak to him. A lot of times this will take some time because it is an owner and they are usually busy keeping track of different things for their business. MOST people ask once and if the owner is not there then they leave and never come back. If you want to become great in what you are passionate about then it is crucial that you leave messages, show up the next day or just simply ask for a business card to get in touch with him yourself. I know this may sound like you are annoying them but this is a step that so many people don’t do and that’s why they are stuck without an answer and sometimes a possible opportunity to have a mentor in this passion of theirs. It is all because they tried once and quit.
I believe that there is so much value when you go speak to someone or visit them and hear them speak about what they love doing IN PERSON. There is something about how they talk about this topic, you will notice even in their voice what it truly means to them. I absolutely love hearing about what people love doing in life and how they are impacted by this.
A big thing that people also neglect is “continued learning” after they find this passion and make it an income from it. If it is truly YOUR passion then why would you want to stop learning about it? I like to listen to anyone and everyone talk about fitness such as what they do in the gym and how it worked for them. I personally learn a lot from conversations like this whether its about a new exercise they performed or a lift that may not work as good as you think. I always take any considerations I hear.
I hope you all find something that you would be fine waking up at 3 AM to do and staying up late to keep working at it, that’s when you know you love what you do.
As always, thank you for the support and keep getting better! Alex Costa