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Humble beginnings- Haters & the feedback box

Ever looked at a fitness business and thought WOW how awesome, how lucky are they,look at everything they do,look at all the cool stuff they have? Wow look where they get to go? Have you ever displayed a little of the green monster because of their success or spoke a little negativity have you been the hater of someones hard work? How often do we give regonition to those that serve and lead us in the fitness industry, how often do we stop and listen to a person’s humble beginnings,maybe we didn’t listen because we didn’t ask maybe you just thought it magically appeared like the tooth fairy does. This week I was reminded of my own humble beginings and it all began when a lovely soul Robert Dyer put a map up on Facebook  “the beginning of South Central” Robert Dyer, Bryan O’Rourke and their families created this. When I looked at it I thought wow to take something from nothing and create everything is an amazing task to accomplish, to be part of their journey for many over the last decade is very special indeed. Who are the people that do this, who are the people that take nothing and create everything, have you ever wondered? For you in the now you see the today person but let me tell you in the beginning we weren’t the today person. We were the people who searched and seeked to give you something different, we were the people that sat up late at night and into the early hours of the morning planning and creating your future experience with our passion and desire to be more than just a supplier or a giver of a service. We were the people who missed our partners,kids and best friends birthdays,we were the people who missed our kids when we travelled,we missed a school concert or grandma’s 70th,we were the people who had a vision to create a dream of ours but to make it yours at the same time. We’ve all sacrificed it hasn’t always been ponies and clowns,sometimes the dark cloud hazes over but we need to remind ourselves of our why-let our passion come forth and let the sun come through. The Fitmarc journey came from humble beginings and we need to remind others sometimes of where we came from, but also at the same time remind them of where they came from. When I read through the feedback box in my club this week I had just come from reading  a post Bryan had put up on haters and thought wow here we are giving our all and thou a very small minority dislike what we do people really do need to be reminded of what we have given up at different stages of our life to serve them. In 2003 I opened a club from zero I had only been in the fitness industry 2 years and only opened a club because a GFM told me I couldn’t teach BJ… bit old to be told what to do!

For 18 months I had gym equipment in my house,no kitchen table & chairs,bikes up the hallway,dumb bells on the floor,garage full, everybody was yelling at everybody!…We had a building and the landlord  at the 11th hour changed his mind,3 kids, a hubby, in a house full of gym equipment and nowhere to go…and so the story goes on, $3.63 in the bank and I had to pay wages…..and so the story goes on….as do others have their story to tell.  I wonder if the feedback would be different if they knew our story.

Don’t ever assume we were gifted with this amazing experience that you now enjoy it took along time for us to get here and the journey continues. Behind every happy ending there is a humble beginning one that often is not heard. Maybe next time stop,ask,listen,appreciate and recognise, not just the now but the beginning.