The Road Less Taken

To be alive is to make decisions about tomorrow. Who's to say if those decisions are justified or even the most appropriate choice for your path. What I DO know, is that if TODAY isn't challenging you, look to take the road less taken for TOMORROW.

Little known fact about me, I used to work in sales/marketing for 5 years before I became a personal trainer. Even before that I was a foreman for a fiber optics construction crew, pipe fitter apprentice for fire protections systems and a tire shop lead. It's been quite a search for my profession and passion.

If I'm honest with myself, I loved all of those jobs. I've always had a passion for what I work on. I didn't look elsewhere because of money or a need to fulfill a self righteous ''mission''. Something just didn't feel like it clicked. Usually, it was my constant disagreement with my peers in those roles. I would simply get to a point that I no longer was feeling fulfilled in my education, or wasn't being challenged anymore, or sometimes my 'vision' didn't align with that of my superior.

There was one thing that I did know about myself, I loved doing many things and solving problems, an eclectic of sorts. This was a point of contention with my family in my younger years. "I don't know what I want to do, I just want to do it all!".

The most significant career change of my life wasn't intentional. When working at a startup 5 years ago there was a round of layoffs and I was included in that downsizing. It seemed like a good time to sit back and look at my life and spend a few months looking inward.

Those two same thoughts creeped in over that time, "I want to do it all, I want to solve problems". Sadly, there wasn't the revelation that I had expected. I waited, yet nothing. Instead I pursued an industry I had always had a passion since I was young, and aligned with my studies in college, biology and sport.

The physical transformation that came with studying and becoming a personal trainer came with a newfound mental aptitude and focus in my life. It felt, for lack of a better word, right. The idea was to start at a 'Big Box' gym and learn how the training world operated and then go independent because I knew how to sale, I just needed to learn the trade (contracts, licensing, insurance, partnerships, markets).

It was less than a year and I had quit the gym and went independent.