So today I am writing a true “blog” post… I am just writing with no direction or plan. I have about 30 minutes until I pick up Julian from school so the house is quiet, clean and I chose to use this free time to write. It’s just going to be a quick little journal entry style article, sloppily proofread and published to the masses*. And sorry if this is a little bit “me, me, me” compared to my usual writing. Think of this as just a rant.

* masses = the handful** of people who actually read my shit

** handful = my mom and wife

Everyone wants to be successful – whatever success means… but I notice that many people are quick to blame OTHER PEOPLE for their personal lack of success. That is such an easy way out. But success is not easy. If being successful were easy, literally everyone would achieve their own personal success, be happy and the world would be awesome.

That isn’t how things work though.  You have to work hard as F. You have to be accountable. You have to be authentic.

I’m working on my own success as we speak. I launched a new business in March (with my biz partner Eric) and I’ve (we’ve) been pouring my energy into it. I’m very pleased, after 40 days, how things are working out but I am so far from satisfied. I want to talk about a brief encounter with another trainer that I recently had. The conversation sparked the thought that sparked this blog, and luckily I had some down time.

I was asked, “How did you get to where you’re at in your career?”

My first [internal] answer was, “Where in the HELL am I in my career?!?!?!” Let’s be real. I’ve been in the game for about 4 years now and I know about 30% of what I would like to know about the industry, anatomy, biomechanics, marketing, etc. I’ve helped about 1% of the amount of people I want to help live a healthier life. I would like to be wrong about about 185,838,727,839 more subjects in my career so I can say I’ve learned some great lessons along the way. You get the point. That question caught me off guard because where I am now is soooooooooooo far from where I plan to go with my career. It’s a great place to be. For now.

But I can’t answer a question to a stranger in such a way. Well, I did. Kind of. But what I also did was think about things that really would help this young trainer out. I looked at his resume. Super educated. Look at his Instagram, he’s good at what he does. The talent to be a great trainer is already there for him. So how the hell can I help?

Well, I don’t have that formal exercise science education. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from Ball State. Worked in radio for years. IT AIN’T FOR ME, BRO.

I never had an internship. I hired a trainer to train ME while I was learning the art of training and studying for my credentials. You complain at your unpaid internship? Shut up. I paid for my own non-internship.

I had to suck (BAD) at what I do for a little bit to get better and continue to improve. I did all of that while building myself up using these 4 traits that require absolutely ZERO talent.


When I had absolutely no knowledge of a rotator cuff actually was, I had those four qualities. When I was working three jobs at once trying to slowly transition myself into being a trainer, I had those four qualities.

In life, if you have no purpose you are LOST. You will absolutely not find happiness without a purpose. I found mine – to help people achieve physical and mental happiness through a healthy lifestyle. Find yours.

Attitude… I had a shitty one growing up. Once I started playing basketball at a high level, all of that changed. You see, I was not the fastest or the tallest and I was so far from the best on the team. But I literally have NEVER been cut from a single team in my life because I was coachable, positive and had a great attitude. And trust me, there are some teams I played on that were way above my skill level.

When talent wasn’t my strong point, attitude kept me valuable. How is your attitude effecting your life?

Obviously, there is no success without commitment. People who have shiny object syndrome will never succeed. You can’t jump at every seemingly great next big thing. You have to stick to your plan see things through. And you can’t do that without…

Effort. Committing to something isn’t easy. It takes a lot of effort, which requires time, which requires sacrifice, which – in turn – requires commitment. Back to my hoops story above… I played my butt off for every single coach I ever had. And for more teammates. And for my parents. And for myself.

You could never take me out of a game and say, “Justin, I benched you because you’re half-assing it.” The effort will always be 110% in everything I do. And my peers/clients/colleagues, I am confident, will vouch for that. What will yours say about you?

Purpose. Attitude. Commitment. Effort.

It’s an acronym: PACE. My business, PACE Fitness Academy is built on those very pillars. Those things require absolutely NO skill. All you need is heart.





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