I let the moment of the 2- year anniversary pass on Madison Street without any fan-fare. Though I am proud of what I’ve accomplished here, I am most proud of the nearly 2 full decades in the industry. As much fun as this all looks, I’ve seen this industry chew up and spit out coaches and trainers much better than me. I am humbled by all the help I’ve gotten through the years. The term “self-made man” makes me cringe. There is no such thing!
I always feel funny talking about success, mostly because I have come to realize that it only comes from failure. Whatever great accomplishments I’ve ever had, have been the direct reaction to a great failure. It’s true, the most successful people have failed more than anyone. Keep at it.
I am grateful for every opportunity presented in my life, especially the ones that at the time, seemed like a death sentence.
I’ve come a long way in this business. As I reflect and celebrate the milestones of the past couple decades and my most recent 2-year anniversary, I now know there were some lessons I had to learn. The following are just a few of some of the most valuable ones:
- Be you. Be authentic.
- Be true to your mission. Write down what you want to accomplish and make decisions based on that mission.
- Get up. The tallest and strongest trees grow at the bottom of the mountain. Falling is ok, as long as you get up.
- If you’re the smartest person in the room…get out of that room!
- Ask for help.
- Only say what needs to be said.
- Don't obsess over others perceptions. No one gives a shit, and that’s a great thing. See lesson #1.
- Own it. Take responsibility. Be the solution.
- Help people. Everyone is struggling with something, even if they aren’t telling you.
- Be nice to people. See lesson #9.
- Go to bed.
- Get up early.
- Don’t take anything personally. Accept people for what they are as well as what they are not.