Thursday, February 9, 2012


 How do YOU measure success?

Everyone is different. My measure of success will vary greatly from yours. I personally believe that success is not about material things. Sure, it felt nice when I bought a brand new jeep and drove it off the lot.. . It feels nice when I buy new furniture, a new computer. .. but those feelings pass. My jeep is no longer a measure of success for me. I use it to get from point A to point B. My furniture has become nothing more than a seat for my arse. My computer has become a means for me to become more successful through studying and taking courses as a trainer.
 To me, success is about my career, my own self worth and the relationships that I hold with others. I don't want to pass away and have written on my gravestone, "Here lies Bryan Smith, he drove a nice jeep and owned some nice things." Now, that does not mean that I don't want nice things. I know what I want materialistically and am taking steps to get there.

 I want to be incredibly successful as a trainer. I don't mean I want to be the best in the gym.. or the best in the city. I want to transform this industry, get rid of the stigma around personal trainers and be more than just someone who screams reps and tells you not too eat so many chips. I am taking the steps now to become an expert in my field and make sure that people think of me when they think of a great trainer. I want to be recognized as one of the best. This is my measure of business success. Not to be the trainer driving around in the hummer with the nice gym who gets ridiculed by everyone in the city because there is no relationship with the clients, and the only goal is to make more money.

 I want to FEEL incredibly successful when I think about myself. I want to know that I am not wasting my life away watching sitcoms spending countless hours watching seasons 1-10 of a random show. I want to have confidence in where I am going with my life, and knowing exactly how to get there. I don't want to feel like I need someone else to rely on to get me to where I need to be. I I want to spend my youth honing my craft so that when I am older, I can reap the benefits of the hard work that I put in when I was young. This to me is a measure of my success when it comes to self worth.

I want to be successful when it comes to my relationships that I hold with others. We all know the person that talks about everyone behind their back. They come to you and talk about every one of your friends and enemies. They have gossip about everyone. That same person, talks the same way about you when you are not around. I don't want to be that person. I want to be someone that people can trust, and know that anything they tell me in confidence will be kept in confidence. I want to be a great father. I want to be a mentor for my daughter and a great friend to others. I want to hold the door for strangers and carry myself with respect. People will treat you the way you treat them, and if not, leave them behind.

  What do YOU consider success to be??

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