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Cicero, Demosthenes, You

What do Cicero and Demosthenes have to do with you?

Who are they?

They are both great Greek orators.

I heard something yesterday regarding these two men that I wanted to share with you.

When Cicero gave a speech people cheered and applauded. They said they felt inspired but never did anything. When Demosthenes gave a speech men marched into battle. People moved.

Now I don’t know how true this statement is but it begs the question,

Would you rather be famous or a leader?

I understand that this really doesn’t have to be an either or question but I want you to think what you place more value in.

I know I would prefer both but if I had to choose one my ego my would prefer being famous. Having everyone know my name and look to me with admiration is a great feeling. But knowing my life’s purpose and knowing what would bring lasting fulfillment I would want to be as Demosthenes, a leader, and leave a legacy.

What good is inspiration if it causes no action?

I am clear on my purpose in life and that is to affect each person I meet in such a way that their life is a little better as a result of our interaction. I know I did my job when I hear comments like, ” thank you for changing my life.”

“After our conversation I changed the way I eat.”

“My relationship with my wife is better after hearing your keys to healthy relationship.”

“I feel less stress since exercising with you.”

“The email you sent made my day.”

“My day is more productive, happier, and better as a result of the daily50 challenge.”

I have mentioned before that my father is my hero and one of the leaders I look up to.  As a kid, I viewed leaders as great people that others listened to because they wanted to be like them. As I grew older I realize that leadership has less to do with self and more to do with others.

Leaders help empower and give others resolve to act.

Not because they are great but because they allow their followers to see the greatness inside themselves.

Action is the byproduct of effective leadership.

Consistent action as a result of your story is what creates a movement.

Movements change the world.

Going back to the original question, Leader or famous?

I want to know your thoughts. Leave your answer below: Leader or famous and why.



PS – There is no right or wrong answer. Just open the dialogue within yourself to better understand your purpose and who you are now right now.

6 Being Positive Makes You Fail?

So the other day the esteemed Paul Mort, politically incorrect fitness business coach and overall good guy, whom I recently met in California, posted this comment on Facebook.

Here is a sneak peak of an article I wrote. ‘Positive thinking makes you Lazy and Broke’ ‘Put my most negative, angry self up against a room full of positive thinking, happy clapping bullshitters with big cheesy smiles and I will beat them hands down.’

I consider myself to be a positive person. So initially I thought that Paul was being his usual controversial self.

After some reflection I was glad he posted this because it made me reflect what I believe. It made me ask, ‘what makes the difference when I am successful and when I am not.’

Here is what I came up with.

Positivity is not bad.

Comfort is the enemy.

Comfort is the reason that many athletes lose their edge as they become successful. They are no longer fighting to make it. In a battle, the guy that will usually win is the guy that is fighting for his life. If you view life as roses and pixie dust, what incentive do you have to do something better. The same could be said for feeling hopeless. Ever met anyone that feels that no matter what they do it wont make a difference? They lack drive.

So while I don’t agree with Paul’s statement 100% I do believe he has it right.

If you want to succeed you must have drive, a strong enough reason why. Stephen Pressfield talks about resistance being the culprit as to why people don’t succeed in his book “War of Art”. Your mind, your body, your practice will always seek the path of least resistance, which includes all the reasons why you shouldn’t taking action.

Stephen said that amateurs wait for inspiration.

Professionals, get to work every day.

They do, they take action.

They grind it out.

So if you want to make sure you succeed you must have a strong enough why. For some that may be anger about your current situation, for others it may be that they are excited about the possibilities. At the end of the day don’t be stagnant, don’t be comfortable. I had a mentor that said, “If you ain’t moving you are dying.”

I realized the times I am most successful and productive is when I am up against the ropes or when someone says I can’t do something. Some of us need that kind of stimulus. If that is you, use it to your advantage.

Get uncomfortable, get angry and press on.

Choose a race to train for, a competition, a photo shoot. Do whatever it takes to keep you motivated and chipping away at it daily.

Your Turn…

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Paul, why or why or why not?

Leave a comment below.



PS – Thanks Paul for the swift kick in the…

Life is a Storm

I just got back yesterday from California. I was invited to speak to some of the worlds top fitness coaches and trainers. There were trainers from all over the US, England, Australia, Persia, and Ireland. 

In my presentation I shared a monologue of the Count of Monte Cristo.

Click the video below to watch it.

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What is this monologue all about?

Your life will never be perfect.

Just like the weather you will have the good and the bad times. What separates you from others is what you do when the bad times come.

Do you hide during bad times, or do you face it head on?

Shout “Do your worst, for I shall do mine.”

Become unstoppable, relentless in all you do.

Don’t stop.

When you fail get back up and keep putting one foot in front of the others.

Make this week amazing!

4 Learning for a Lifetime

As a kid you I couldn’t wait to get out of school so I could just start doing and not have to worry about studying. That couldn’t be further from reality, at least in my case.

As I grew older I realized that learning is not a degree or a destination but an evolution of the person. I would say that the rate at which you choose to grow through focus, dedication and application is exponentially proportional to your growth or evolution as a person.

My goal is to be at least 1% better than the day before. In fact as my friend and fitness guru Pat Rigsby said, “If you can grow daily by 1%, in 1 year you will be 365% better than the year before.” That is pretty powerful.

Learning is not always in the form of sitting down and reading a book, though that is great. Learning starts with a mindset. You must be open to your environment. Nature is a great teacher, so are the people around you. Never think you are too good that you can’t learn from someone else. Sometimes learning how not to do something is just as valuable as knowing how to do it.

This weekend I have the privilege of getting to speak at a conference with some of the worlds top fitness trainers and coaches. I will be speaking to personal trainers that are great at what they do but want to be better. Some for the money but most because they know that when they become better at their craft everyone wins. Not everything in life is a win-win situation but as a coach I believe I have a win-win situation.

Below are 4 points I will be sharing with these trainers in my presentation that I know will benefit you. By the way, I will be speaking at the conference but as soon as I am done I will be back in the audience ready to take notes. I am there to learn as much as I am there to teach.

4 Keys to Minimizing Risk and Creating Opportunity

1. Know your purpose.

Your purpose is what drives you, it is what guides you to your ultimate reality. Know what it is and follow it.

2. No such thing as a magic pill.

As humans we seek the path of least resistance. There is no such thing as a magic pill that will take away all your problems. The key to success then is not the absence of problems or obstacles but how you deal with them. Henry Ford said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you have taken your eyes off your goals.”

3. Establish your rules.

Create rules to live by. It will help you stream line your decisions. Rules will enable you to act more productive stead of pondering on what you should do.

4. Be flexible.

Flexibility is good for your body but also good for your game plan. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned and those that can adapt the quickest and act again are the ones that will be successful. There is a direct correlation with successful business owners and their speed of implementation. Take quick action today.

Apply these 4 lessons to your life today to minimize risk and improve your opportunities…



6 6 Lessons from a 6 Hour Race

What did I learned from running in a loop from 6 in the morning until noon? This past Sunday I ran the Vista View 6 hour race in Davie, FL. It was one of the coolest, painful, and eye opening experiences I have been a part of.  I wanted to share some life lessons I learned that can help you over come obstacles and live a more successful life.

Lessons I Learned Running for 6 Hours:

1.  Sometimes the best preparation is belief.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post (Inspired to Insanity) inspiration and belief are powerful drivers. The most I had run in the past 4 or 5 months was 80 minutes. I was not running consistently because of a calf injury. Now here I am attempting to run for 6 hours after listening to talk given by ultra-marathon man, Dean Karnazes. Logically it did not make sense but I knew that this was more about my mind deciding.  At about the halfway mark my body started cramping and shutting down. I just kept putting 1 foot in front of the other because I decided that I would finish no matter what. (Preparation in the long run is the way to go but sometimes you need to go for it.)

Create a belief, decide what you want, then go after it.

2.  We are capable of more.

When we put our minds to it, I believe we are capable of just about anything. This experience showed me that I am able to push past my comfort zone, pain, physical and mental barriers. Life gives us daily tests that are not always pass fail. With each test we are re-enforcing, callusing that decision. Each test is an opportunity to get more experience points and strengthen your beliefs.

Today is a great day to go a little further than we are use too. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and explore the other side. There is a great quote I read that said, “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” Go to that place of pain and like it.

3. Persist and get your second wind.

This was eye opening to me. I mentioned that at about 2 hours and 45 minutes my body was fighting me, wanting to stop, cramping. I forced myself to keep going. After about 2 hours of this my body snapped out of it and I got my second wind. When I started the race I was running each lap in 9-10 minutes. Then my body started crashed and I was running the loops in 17-19 minutes. When I got my second wind about 5 hours in, I started running 11-13 minute loops.

Life is about persevering. No matter how bad things get if you are strong and patient enough you can weather any storm.

4.  Survival is not enough.

What becomes more apparent to me now is how many people go through their days with a survival attitude. No I am not talking about cops or people who risk their lives. I am talking about people that just look forward to getting the day over with or just get to the weekend.There is so much that each day has to offer. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by because you are just trying to survive. Live each day fully. You are in control of how you perceive your circumstances. Don’t believe me? Youtube a man named Nick Vujicic, then tell me that perspective doesn’t make a difference.

Running for 6 hours gives you lots of thinking time. I was able to really see how each runner out there had a glorious story they had created for themselves by placing one foot in front of the other. Don’t survive grow.

5.  Your support can determine your success.

These ultra-marathons races may seem self-centered, individualistic but that is further from the truth. Most runners will tell you that the fans to the other competitors to the support crew  has an impact as to whether they will be able to finish or continue. Who are you surrounded by? I know that on race day if it wasn’t for my father being there I don’t know what I would have done. He ran by my side holding water and encouraged me to take it one step at a time. I know that because my wife told me to go for it because she knew I could do it even though I was ill prepared made all the difference. Do you surround yourself with people that will support your, coach you, cheer for you in the good and the bad?

To be successful in any endeavor create that nucleus of people that wont let you quit. The people who expect you to succeed.

6.  I need to run more.

The final point I learned is obvious. I need to run more if I want to compete. Not so apparent is that I need to run more for me. Running I feel for me is truly an expression of my spirit. I love running. What you need to decide is what is your “running”? Is it singing, painting, swimming, what ever it is do it and do it often. Create that space for you, where you can explore your core. I know that sounds a little out there but I find that most people are afraid of finding their true self. As Marianne Williamson famously said, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…”

Will you search for your light today?

Yes this was early in the race.

Yes this was early in the race.


Many blessings and I hope you enjoyed taking this journey with me.




6 Inspired to Insanity

This weekend I ran a spontaneous 6 hour race.

Let me explain…

Ever heard of a man named Dean Karnazes?

He is a pretty famous ultra-marathoner. He has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He has run on a treadmill for 48 hours straight (crazy I know). He has run across the US, averaging 40+ miles daily. He is doing things that are inconceivable to most. So when I heard he was going to be at a local running shop I had to meet him. On Saturday I made the drive and sat listening to his every word along with 30+ other runners. I think we were hoping he would wave a magic wand and endow us with the same powers he had. He shared some training and nutrition insights. He shared some great stories as well. Then…

Someone asked him what made him so special?

He said he felt like everyone else. He believes that we are all capable of doing what he can do. We just need to do it consistently and believe we can do it.

After the meeting he shared that he was going to be at the Vista View 360 Race on Sunday. It is a 6 hour race and the goal is to see how many 1.25 mile loops can you complete. I thought about what he said and decided to signed up.

No adequate training under my belt. To quote the Bon Jovi song, “I was living on a prayer.”

The most I had run over the past 4 month was 1 hour and twenty minutes. Here I was attempting to do almost 6 times that (ouch).

I knew that I didn’t have the training but I had plenty of inspiration and belief, thanks to Dean.

Why am I sharing this?

Life is not always planned. In fact, the surprises life shares with you adds flavor to your life. Today’s message is to STEP-UP. Sometimes the only thing stopping you from doing things that you never thought possible, is your rational brain. As much as I believe in structured training, as much as I believe preparing, I also believe that life is meant to be lived with your heart too.

Looking at the facts, I had no business even trying. This was not my rational brain acting but my heart. Dean Karnazes inspired me to look inside and kick through any preconceived notions of what needed to happen in order to run such a long race. I guess he did wave his magic wand and shared his superhuman strength. I am better today because of it.

Growing up I was told that you become the company you keep. Raise your standards, surround yourself with people who push you to grow or be left behind.

Grow daily. Push your limits. Step-up.



PS – Read part 2 in this series: 6 Lessons from a 6 hour Race 😉

Your Signature Move

The other day a friend sent me a video of entertainer, funny man, and speaker Jason Hewlett. He was talking about your signature move.

Jason talks about Michael Jackson.

What is his signature move? Yep, the moonwalk.

Jason’s signature move was his amazing ability to contort his face and impersonate people.

I thought about the significance of the signature move. Both MJ and Jason’s signature move allows us to recognize who they are, similar to a corporate logo. But the underlying thing here is their passion. When they are most congruent with themselves or when they are the best versions of themselves they are performing, connecting, and sharing their story.

What is your story?

I feel invigorated that I have been able to share my story through my passion.

My passion is coaching people to live the best versions of themselves. I do it through MENE (mindset, exercise, nutrition, and education).

When I was a kid, most people thought of exercise as something jocks or PE teachers did. Most parents want their kids to become engineers, lawyers, doctors, accountants. In other words to get a real job. My parents were the opposite. They always encouraged me to pursue what I love to do first. Don’t do it for the money, they said, do it in spite of the money. Said differently, what would you love to do if you didn’t get paid to do it?

So what happens if you didn’t have parents that supported you?

What happens if you hate what you currently do because you are not truly doing your dream job or pursuing your passion?

Are you up a creek without a paddle?


You have a decision.

I believe it is never too late to create the life you want, the legacy you want.

Clearly define what it is you are passionate about then apply your signature move.

Listen I get it. It may seem impossible.

You are married, you have kids, you feel too old, you don’t have enough time. What ever your excuse is, remember, it is just that – an excuse. I never said it will be easy but let me reassure you it will be worth it. Any thing worth living for is hard work. Let me repeat that.

“Anything worth living for is hard work.”

I have touched on this before. But if you are not living out your passion you are probably not living to your best. Steve Jobs said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

Contemplate these questions then do the thing that scares most people. Take action. Do something today that leads you toward your passion and live the life you deserve.

The time to live is today.


Resolutions Gone Bad

Have you ever played a game that no matter what you did you would win?

How do you think you would feel?

I am guessing pretty good. Empowered. Excited even. We love winning 🙂

How about the opposite?

What if you played a game that in order for you to win the stars, planets, and galaxies had to align on the first Sunday of the month?

How do you think you would feel losing every day?

Probably not so empowered. Probably a little frustrated and I would even venture to say that eventually you would dread looking forward to the next day.

I think we can all agree that the first scenario is the one we’d all choose. Here is the interesting statistic. Rarely do people choose option 1 in the game of life. In fact it seems people are determined to play option 2.

With the new year here many people make resolutions.

So the question becomes how can you make resolutions that empower you and give you an opportunity to win?

How can you create a situation that more closely resembles option 1?

The best part of this is that there is no one answer. It is going to be specific for you. I encourage you to take some time and ask yourself these questions. I want to see you empowered and growing daily.



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