This picture was taken just before everything fell apart in 2014.
I felt invincible and on top of the world.
When this picture was taken, life was good. Real good.
I had my awesome bachelor pad to myself.
Business was flourishing. Life was amazing.
I was doing speaking engagements, coaching private clients, coaching my classes, selling supplements, and spending as much time as I wanted reading books on the beach and working out.
Shortly after this photo was taken, my Ford Explorer bit the dust. (Literally, days later)
So I got a motorcycle.
Then I totaled my motorcycle about a month later.
I got banged up & caught hand, foot, mouth disease. Basically something only 2 year olds get, and those around them with big open wounds (hint: me).
Business had taken a turn.
I was losing clients almost every day for weeks at a time.
While trying to open our first brick & mortar.
Business tanked. Hard.
Clients left in droves.
And it was my fault, but I’ll save that story for another time.
This was also the longest time I’d ever gone without working due to being so jacked up.
My personal relationships were in ruin since I didn’t really care about anyone but my clients (as long as it was convenient for me).
Everything was falling apart.
All within the span of about a month.
I was angry at God. Pissed at myself. And terrified of what I was going to do to get out of this situation.
So what happened next?
I had a nice big serving of humble pie.
I had to deal with my pain and my misfortune because I was at fault.
It’s like brushing your teeth or going to the gym.
Let me explain…
If you brush your teeth only twice a year, they’ll probably fall out of your mouth in a few years.
If you go to the gym only in January, you’ll probably be unhealthy and out of shape the majority of the time.
The key is to be consistent.
If I had just taken better care of my vehicle, it wouldn’t have broken down on me.
If I made the time to keep up with my personal relationships, they wouldn’t have fallen apart.
If I took better care of my business, and those who were part of it, my clients wouldn’t have left in droves.
And on it goes.
Unfortunately, I was young, naïve and selfish to think much about anyone else besides myself and my goals.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did.
I know what it feels like to be successful, and I also know what it feels like to get kicked in the teeth by life.
Sure, others have seen more success and have more challenging trials than me, but this is my story.
Please do your best to learn from other people’s mistakes. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself & learn from them.