You’re Better Than That!

ImageI recently read a brief article about the highest paid musicians..EVER. My top 5 favorite rapper, Jay-Z, came in at #7 being worth around…::deep breathe:: $475 MILLION!!! Lets break that down as if he were a personal trainer.

If he worked 50 out of 54 weeks a year, that would be:

$9,500,000/weekly which would translate to:

$1,583,333.00/daily(6 day work week) to:

A WHOPPING…….$197,917.00/HR!!

Holy shit…IMAGINE being able to charge that for training?? I just might have to move to Dubai to charge that!…anyhow…I cannot fathom that type of net worth. What I CAN understand and connect with (although I wish I could connect my account to his 😉 ) is his drive, passion, and desire to be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time for you none hip hop heads). I feel as personal trainers (or anyone for that matter), we just tend to look for scapegoats in all the wrong we do whether it’s blaming our managers in the big box gyms for not passing along new clients, to giving the same workouts to everyone because we didn’t learn to program correctly, or simply just aren’t creative enough to make the changes we seek. We blame him or her because we “ain’t where we want to be.” The further I got in to personal training, I realized it was about more than just looking swole with a fresh hair cut, tattoos, looks to die for, and a chance to work with Eva Longoria (I sure hope this finds its way to her). The fact of the matter is, is I thought it was EVERYTHING it wasn’t. I got frustrated at times and knew I had some more ‘secure’ jobs I could be in and not worry about my session totals or having to build my own business. The fact of the matter is, is I (and probably a lot of you) took a love/passion/hobby and wanted to make it a career. There is nothing wrong with that. We all know the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” 

If you genuinely love what you do, do it GREAT. Do not be half-ass with it. Do not let your ego and “I know, bro” attitude get in the way. Failure to learn more each and every day will result in one terribly short and unfulfilling career. Find yourself a mentor or many. I personally have a few and without them, this blog post wouldn’t even have happened. Learn from them. Why are they successful? One of the guys I personally look up to didn’t even go to college because he admits to “hating authority” yet he’s one of the most brilliant guys in all of fitness and has changed the way I train along with many others. If you want to be the ‘go-to’ guy/girl, then give people the NEED to go you…Open your mouth and ask questions. “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” 

Now I’m not saying I or any of you will become the next Jay-Z with a net worth of almost half-a-billion dollars (but damnit I’ll try). Whatever you do in life, you will reap all rewards (financially, emotionally, etc) but you have got to stop, at this very moment, blaming others for your short comings. I learned this lesson and I will pass it to all of you. As I type this, am I where I want to be in my career? No. Why? Because I want more. I have learned to take my ego out, ask questions, read more, and take control of my career’s direction. You can do the same…but accept responsibility. 

“…Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. AND NOT POINTING FINGERS SAYING YOU AIN’T WHERE YOU WANNA BE BECAUSE OF HIM, OR HER, OR ANYBODY. COWARDS DO THAT AND THAT AIN’T YOU! YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!”Rocky Balboa



Written by Louis