Musings and Update
Wow, what a busy several weeks. On top of being the Strength Coach here at the Athlete Institute, I have also been made the Head of CrossFit. This has made for some very long days, and I thank my wife for putting up with my 12+ hour days, plus commute time, to take care of our boys.
I ran into an old soccer Coach of mine the other day here at the Athlete Institute and he congratulated me on becoming the Head of CrossFit. He made a comment to me like, “I guess you must be here (at work) a lot? Although one could hardly call it work!”
That really struck a chord with me. I have been so busy lately that I haven’t even really stopped to think about it. I have worked at a wide range of jobs growing up helping to save up for school, my first house, paying the bills etc. I’ve worked retail, in insurance, pharmacy for a number of years. I’ve been through nursing homes, worked on golf courses, and even peeled potatoes for a fish and chips store as my very first job. I have had some fun times with all of my jobs and met some great people but at the end of the day they were all jobs that I wasn’t all that interested in going to.
I guess this is going to come off sounding a little elitist, or like I am bragging, and maybe it is, but I can honestly say that I have now found my dream career. I have always wanted to help and train others to reach their goals, and now I do it as my full-time job (really, more than a full-time job as I almost can’t keep up at this point!). I just keep thinking back to that famous Confucius quote,
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
I completed a written interview for my old high school the other day. They are looking to stay in touch with alumni to share their experiences on post-secondary life. I wrote about how I got into the career that I am currently in. Trust me, it certainly wasn’t an easy way of getting here by any means. But I continued to push along and work as hard as I could, even with jobs that I didn’t particularly enjoy. During my free time, I then chased my passion and interest in health and fitness. I figured that at the very least, my part-time career and “hobby” would be something that I enjoyed regardless, and if that transformed into something that could pay the bills, well then bonus. Here I am now.
Moving forward, I am making sure not to sit back and revel in what I have achieved, but instead, aim high and continue to strive to be better. Better at understanding my clients’ needs. Better at educating myself. Better at improving myself. My mother has worked in a client setting for years, and although she has become very successful, I never once considered her a "salesperson." Any of my mom's clients would tell you that she is one of the most personable people you would ever meet. She genuinely cares about what is going on in your life and wishes to be a part of it. She has been to client Weddings, bought baby gifts for their growing families, and just gone out of her way to show that she cares.
To be honest, that is my goal. I have already developed some pretty strong relationships with many of the clients that I have now and I want to continue to develop deep relationships with many more clients in the future. At the end of the day, health and fitness/strength and conditioning is something very personal and makes people show their weaknesses and vulnerabilities. People come to me because they want help. They want to look a certain way or feel a certain way. They want to perform better and live life to its fullest. They put their trust in me to reach their goals and I am not going to let them down by looking at them as a dollar sign or a way to make more clients. I genuinely care about helping you.
If there is one thing that I have learned about strength and conditioning, health and fitness, etc., is that there is always something new you can learn and achieve. I am certainly comfortable helping others with their goals and aspirations although I also know that I am far from perfect and that I need to continue to learn and grow.
Thanks for listening,