Wow. What a crazy year. I started 2014 by appearing on the cover of the 2014 Annual 'Muscle and Performance' Massive Supplement Guide Edition beside Jen Jewell: one of the biggest names in fitness. A few days after, I was fired from my job selling commercial printing, after landing one of the biggest corporate accounts possible. The next day, I started RedCap Marketing and struggled for the remainder of the year. 2014 was a very stressful year that didn't yield a single paycheck for me. Would I have it any other way? Absolutely not. Looking back to late 2012 when I made the decision to leave school, my job, and all other forms of security, I knew what I was getting myself into. It's been a long couple of years. I failed, failed again, started to succeed, gave up, took a job, failed, and eventually learned so much that it seemingly became impossible to do anything other than succeed.
I learned that there is nothing you can't do with the right mentality.
I learned that greatness is always right around the corner.
I learned that being a good person will always come first.
I learned that it's really hard to beat a kid who refuses to quit.
Taking some time to pick my head up and reflect back on the last year or so, I realized just how fortunate I am. I landed two international magazine covers, my first international centerfold, and became an internationally published fitness author. I was published all over the Cellucor.com website, was used in print ads, appeared at fitness expos, on bodybuilding.com, and even got to travel internationally to meet fans in the UK. I created the CRUSH training series, watched it sell in over 25 countries, and even signed with one of the biggest agencies in fitness and lifestyle modeling. I shot images for product packaging and ad campaigns to appear in thousands of stores all over the country. I met friends that turned into family, and even met the girl of my dreams. She's actually sleeping on my arm as I type this.
The point of this post isn't to sit here and brag about things that have gone well for me. If I wanted to do that, I'd spend a lot more time talking about the regulation hottie girlfriend I managed to (somehow) get to like me. The point of this post is in reference to a word we seem to be so afraid of: greatness. Nike did a very good job explaining greatness in an ad campaign a few years back:
"Greatness. It’s just something we made up.
Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is a gift, reserved for a chosen few. For prodigies. For superstars. And the rest of us can only stand by, watching.
You can forget that.
Greatness is not some rare DNA strand. It’s not some precious thing. Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing. We’re all capable of it.
Make A Move.
Finding greatness, ironically has nothing to do with being considered great. 'Make a move' simply means to get up and do something that will lead to a better you. We all have excuses, busy schedules, discomforts, and injuries holding us back. In 2015, I challenge you to be great. I challenge you to DO SOMETHING. Whether it's getting back in the gym, going for an evening walk, making a point to sleep more at night, or taking that yoga class you've always wanted to try: your greatness comes from the steps that are the hardest to take. The steps that are done when nobody is watching. I challenge you to take those first steps head-on.
My life changed forever when I made one bold move. One that certainly wasn't in any kind of 'spotlight'. That's all it took for me to realize that my life simply needed to be different. I found my passion, my purpose, and discovered a new meaning of life that I didn't think existed. So do it… Get off the couch. Take those grueling first steps. Find the greatness that already exists within yourself. Trust me, once you find it, you'll never ever lose it.
Make A Move.