Well today is the day...three years ago I opened the doors to the greatest challenge I have ever faced. I took a dive off a cliff; the only way to survive this fall was to build my parachute on the way down (good thing I did that for a living in the military, haha). I wanted people to have the opportunity to be better at anything and everything they wanted. I would stay up all night thinking of how amazing this new thing I was creating will be someday. Did it ever turn out the way I dreamed? No… never. It never turns out the way you want it to. This isn't a bad thing or something I'm upset about, it’s actually something I have grown to love.
A business is organic, and grows in different ways. You feel a good idea may be perfect for what you want out of the business but nothing may come from it. This is part of the hard road ahead. It never gets easier. It’s like playing a game against adults when you’re only 6, and losing. The game of business never lets you win until you out-smart it. That’s much easier said than done.
As a business owner, most will never know how you feel. They will never the experience the struggle you deal with on the daily basis. They will never understand the stress you put on yourself to provide the very best service you can. They will never know that countless hours you spend on building this business with blood sweat and a lot of tears. It never gets easier.
…But to tell you the truth, I don’t want it to. I have a huge love for the game of business and even love the tough, long, overworked days. I accept it all. Anything great you have ever seen has come from hard work. I put my head down and continue to push forward, not knowing what the future has in store for me.. I will continue to move and never stagnate.
I have found my calling. Building my business and mentoring other business owners are what I’m supposed to do with my life. It’s a hard job that takes a lot of time and resources, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Going forward...I'm working overtime. With a new home being built for CFUE, I can't tell you how happy I am to continue building on what I have started. The gym, coaches, and members deserve all the blood, sweat, and tears I can give to make this the very best gym there is. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. I make a lot of sacrifices for the business but I would regret it if I didn't. 2017 is a big year for us and I can't wait to build this place to the very best it possibly can be.