I learned early on in business that as we accumulated more success, especially in the fitness field, we were going to have a lot of haters. I recorded this podcast the week after we opened Newell Strength despite the stay at home orders. It was a magical week but by week’s end many trolls and Karens were on social media trying to blast me. I say ‘trying’ because it has and will never have an effect on me. Someone else’s opinion of me is none of my business (read that again,
When I was 7, I had the stark reality of a childhood friend dying. It was almost too much for me to comprehend and it put me into a hyperfocus on death for the next several years. But believe it or not, I think that this gave me a big advantage in life. For one, I live with urgency, because I know life is not infinite, at least this ‘5-sense’ reality isn’t. Now, I don’t live with urgency in the sense that I am hurried, I live with urgency in that I want to experience a lot
Throughout the years, I’ve highlighted many of the lessons I’ve learned from Munchie, now it seems that I will be entering the stage of learning from Tank (yes, you read that right). The past few Sundays, I’ve given Tank a chocolate chip muffin for breakfast. And wouldn’t you know it, the little dude rips that thing apart, only looking and finding the chocolate chips. The rest of the muffin is just scraps for him. It looks like a big mess but he knows what he is after. The
Two Sundays ago, Devon was on a river trip with Brax. I was home, Emma was napping, so Tank and I went out to do some lawn cutting and yard work. While I was cutting the grass, he was searching for bugs, his favorite pastime. I stopped to hear what he was trying to tell me and it was: ‘Dad, there’s a bumblebee!’ He went to pick up it up and bam! Sucker stung him. It wasn’t a bumblebee, it was a wasp. His finger swelled pretty good and he left the stinger in until Suzy’s g
About 5 weeks ago, I had one of the most amazing weeks of my life. That was when we opened Newell Strength, despite the lockdown. Did it make logical sense? Not necessarily. But I wasn’t following my brain, I was listening to my heart. And when you listen to your heart, you cannot go wrong. When you ignore your heart, you almost always go wrong. I knew that my decision was based in pureness of heart and therefore I had nothing to fear. And the results spoke for themselves.