In 2008 I was homeless.
Yep, it’s true. Not one of the happier times in my life. I had just moved to Colorado for a job and everything fell through. I could suck it up and go back home to North Carolina, or work hard and make something of myself here. I stuck it out through some really rough times, as listed below:
- Lived in my car for a short period in 2008 while bathing in gas station bathrooms
- Worked odd jobs from craigslist making no more than $8 an hour
- Finally got a job in an after school program at the YMCA, $8.25 per hour
- Took home less than $800 per month
- Closest family or friends at the time were 1500 miles away
To say that it was a trying time in my life would be an understatement. I was depressed, sad, and lonely. But again, I persevered. I’m not one to give up easily.
I eventually worked my way down to the gym at the YMCA and got a job as “floor attendant” ( I cleaned a lot) until I was able to get my training certification. I then busted my butt to help everyone I came into contact with.
2 years later I took the leap to start my own training facility in a 150 square foot room in the apartment I was sharing with my girlfriend ( I married that girl!). I had 2 clients, and no idea what I was doing. I just had a drive to help people live better lives.
Fast forward a couple years, and I’m buying a house with my new wife. I move the gym into our new 600 square foot garage. I kept growing, and kept getting more members for my gym. I was helping lots of people to live and feel better.
In 2014, it was finally time to take the leap and rent some commercial gym space. I moved into an 1100 square foot facility. 2 years later, I bumped again to a 1400 square foot facility.
What did I learn from all this?
- I’m resilient as hell.
- I’m very good at what I do, especially if people will come train with me in a small room in my apartment.
- I can use the same 3 principles I used to bring myself from homeless to successful business owner to help so many people recognize their potential and live the lifestyle of their dreams, even as they get older.
I’m Telling You All This Because…
… I want you to know that I am a real person who has dealt with real problems.
I wasn’t handed anything. I’ve managed to take care of myself through all of the trials and tribulations of my life and I can do the same to help you.