In Pursuit of Passion
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I was a young kid, playing football, loving with a huge dream to become a successful football player. My dream was cut short facing reality when I grew older. Clashing and conflicting between studying and playing. Wanting to pursue a professional career…could not get there and then I got into a major car accident, which got me completely immobile. And that was my biggest inspiration to start a fitness career. So actually, something that was really bad turned out to be my biggest source of motivation. I wanted to get back on track, I wanted to gain my health again. I wanted to get as strong and as fast as I used to be - even if I wasn’t going to compete in the sport.
And that inspired me to study, and that is what inspired me to learn. And that is what I use right now in my job. In any classic scenario, you would go and study to teach, or to instruct. For me it was to regain my own fitness.
So I took that transformation personally. And once I got to where I was and even better…it inspired me to help other people out there.
What is being a mentor means to you?
Being a mentor means bringing the best out of people out there. Bringing value to their life. Guiding them through their challenges. Making them better people.
How have you been influenced by mentors?
I have been influenced by mentors throughout every stage of my career to discover my own self.
and what has influenced you the most. What influences what you do every day?
What influences me every day is seeing people living a better life.
How do you find inspiration in what you do?
I find inspiration in what I do by helping people achieve things they never thought they could get.
I understand what you do professionally…but your inner perspective on the world…and when you’re learning about different places, how that influences your motivation and your passion to take it on
I like walking around a new place to me and seeing what is moving around. What energy is driving those people to do what they do. Why are they up at 6 am in the morning? What are their aspirations? Are they trying to be successful? Are they trying to bring money to their families? If a really rich guy is still going to work at 7 am every morning and going to work, I ask myself, Do I do the same? And I think it inspires me to think beyond the shallow perspective of where I am today. More into, what am I going to be doing 10 years down the road. I’ve built a brand, I’ve built a business. I’m a well-known coach. I’m 27. What am I going to be doing at 35. If I don’t discover that now, I can very easily just stay where I am. Be comfortable in my status quo. Say ok, I’m good enough now. That’s very good. I don’t have much of a competition, Maybe I’m the best. Whatever. And all of those negative thoughts start climbing into my mind, which is the number one reason for failure. I’ve seen so many people 3,4,5 years - flew to the sky and after that 5 years no-one knows where they are. I think they have lost their motivation.
So for me, my motive 3 or 4 years ago was getting my name out there, and then I was building my brand. Then I was building my team. And then after that becomes building the community. And then it can go into building the country. And then it can go into building the region... the more wide your reach is…the more powerful your knowledge is. You can really walk into a 3,000 person seminar in a university and inspire those people to live their life better. They don’t have to train or be fit. It doesn’t have to directly affect my business. But it changes the surroundings. So, the deeper the journey or the deeper the motivation, I think the far wider the journey becomes. Because you can really influence people in different elements of their life. I can make someone’s life better without ever training with me.
The deeper the motivation, the wider the journey becomes.
What do you do to focus? What helps you focus?
What helps me focus is routine. I barely break my routine. My Thursdays are identical every Thursday of the year. My Friday’s are identical. My Mondays are the same. I think this is what helps me focus. I got out all the time. We all waste time. Time is money. For me, I offer a service. So time really is my money. So 90% of my time I should either be training or coaching…reading and learning to be able to coach better. Or resting so I can continue my lifestyle. I lose a lot of things on the side. I’ve paid for what I have done. I don’t have as much friends as I used to have. I spend as much time with my family. I barely have any leisure time. I barely take vacations
The reason why I do my job today, is far more important and the effect I get out of it on people, and seeing people achieve things and seeing people appreciate the time you give them, makes it all worth it in the end.
Why do you read?
I read to broaden my understanding of my work. My job is very dynamic. I need to open my thoughts. I need to be updated. If my knowledge will improve, that will help me carry out my job in a much better way. And if I can help my clients or my athletes get to where they want to be, 15% faster, 20% faster because of what I am reading, I’m doing my job more efficiently. And that’s the constant benefit of learning and reading. I’m giving out a certain amount of knowledge every day, so if I’m not filling in something instead of that, I’m going to be the same person 3 or 4 years down the road.
Finally, is passion something learned or is it something innate?
Passion is something acquired. You discover your passion. And that’s where most of the people fail. Or most of the people come short. Discovering your passion is like watering a seed. Your passion is not just gonna come out of the blue. You have to go there…out there and find it. I think a lot of people just wait. Or a lot of people who are bored doing their jobs or are not giving 100% and say ‘ I really hate what I do… that’s why I’m not giving 100%… I agree, however, a lot of them don't really try to find it. You can find your passion within the same company you’re at, just two desks down the line. You can find your passion doing something on the side. You can find your passion not related to work at all. You may never be passionate about your work. You can be passionate about other things in your life. Whether it be sports, whether it be community work, whether it be family. Whether it could be being a good person to people around you. That could be your passion.
So I think watering that seed and investing time into it makes it grow. Because my passion towards fitness was not the same case three years ago. I wanted to be a better person as an athlete. I didn't actually care about anyone else. I wanted to be a good soccer player. And that is why I studied fitness. But then when I’ve seen the effects of what I studied on people. How it can get people where/how they want to be in 2-3 months versus them roaming around for 2-3 years to get there….it grew my passion towards fitness. I wasn’t going to sit at home and finally discover myself loving, breathing and educating people about fitness. It happened over a course of 4 years -discovering, using the knowledge, reading, implementing, executing….if I was passionate about fitness and I had to study but never executed that, never actually put in the hours…took a lot of vacations…did my job three or four hours a day out of convenience. Some people are passionate towards fitness, but they are doing it part time for 2 hours a day - doesn't make it right or wrong, I just think the passion will grow, the more you give it.