I was taken aback by all the comments and feedback that everyone left on my previous video. After reflecting and thinking about how I could use my “super power” I have decided to open up my “Ultimate Transformation Program” again. Watch the video to see if you might be a fit for the program!
Remember the 80’s hit song by the Pointer Sisters, “I am so excited that I just can’t hide it I am about to lose control and I think I like it” well that is what I am singing but changing the words to match the title of this post! Sorry if you are now singing it in and it is stuck in your head! Oh, mom and family before you pick up the phone to call and see if I am ok hang on as I am going to explain to you why I like being a failure!
Why do I like being a failure? Well several years ago I read a book by John Maxwell called “Failing Forward.” In it Maxwell shares stories about famous people who countlessly failed before they hit it big. He also goes on to say that the important part to failure is to “fail forward” meaning to use the failure to your advantage by taking away the key lessons that will help you grow and move ahead in your endeavor. This post is not going to be a book review but I merely bring it up because most of us look at failure as a negative thing and not a positive thing. Although it was many years ago that I read it that learning from it is prevalent for my reflections today. If you would like to read it here is the link to Amazon to get a copy Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success.
Ok, as I just mentioned the learnings from that book play more of a role in my life today than they did when I first picked it up and read it cover to cover! Now I know you are asking yourself, “but why would you be ok with being a failure?” To be honest I would not say that this acceptance came easy because up until about 4 years ago things were running pretty smoothly with my life and career. I wouldn’t say that during that time I achieved all my goals but for the most part I did. Then, the Great Recession hit and I found myself on a new journey. I was fired from a job I truly loved and I now found myself at a crossroad. Do I want to go and try and find a job or do I want to try and go out on my own and become an entrepreneur? I chose the latter and let me tell you being an entrepreneur is not easy. I guess if it was everyone would do it. Plus, I be the first to admit I did not grow up selling baseball cards or setting up lemonade stands to make money. My life and passion revolved around sports. I loved playing football and baseball, which led me to get my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Now, naturally you would think that my first entrepreneurial gig would be to open a gym, however, my wife and I agreed that I would try to utilize the Internet and build a fitness business online.
So, I headed out on this new journey excited and scared but nonetheless I moved ahead. I had created a company called www.workingmomworkouts.com that provided an online fitness membership site that working moms would get a weekly program and lesson from me. After a year and half I had had some success but realized that the space I was in was not a great fit for me. I just didn’t have the passion to continue to move forward with it so in the meantime I had started to work with other fitness professionals building their websites and helping them get traffic to their site (SEO). This led me to start thinking I could help other business owners with their digital marketing so I started a local digital marketing company. Things started off a little slow but as with any new endeavor the more I got out there and met people the more success I had. However, I still didn’t feel complete and I began to start the thinking process of my entrepreneurial journey!
So, I don’t know if it because I am wiser (just turned 41) or God laid it on my heart but about 6 months ago I started to really think about what my purpose is in life and what God wants me to do to glorify him. I believe I can trace it back to the time I spent in Colorado this past summer. It really is amazing what getting away from your day to day surroundings and into nature can do for you. Spending time hiking and biking in mountains made me realize I miss coaching and helping others transform their lives through fitness.
Call it coincidence or destiny but right after this trip I got a call from a good friend of mine asking if I would like to meet for coffee . She told me she an opportunity that I may be interested in. The next week we met and the opportunity she had for me was to become certified as an Orange Theory Fitness Coach. I had heard about OTF but had never taken a class. I agreed to take the class and if I liked it I would let her know if I wanted to join her team. Well, if you follow me on Facebook you probably already know the outcome and that I am now teaching classes.
I realized now after four years of being away from fitness I missed it and I also realized that the strengths and skills that I was born with were not being used to my fullest potential. I was born to motivate and coach and it was time to get back to my roots. Now does this mean I have to give up my other passions? Does it mean I am a failure at building a local marketing agency focusing on small businesses? No, what I have decided is to make my focus completely on health and fitness. So that means the digital marketing agency I started will be now focusing on helping fitness professionals, gym owners and others in the health and wellness space. What I hope is I can use my motivation to transform lives while I teach classes and use my business and marketing skills to help other health and fitness owners transform other lives by helping then grow their business.
You see these failures I have encountered on my entrepreneurial journey have been great lessons! Without them I would have never gotten back to the asking myself, “How do I want to spend the second half of my life” and figure out my “why.” My goal is to take the lessons learned over the last four years and “Fail Forward” just like Maxwell describes in his book! I hope you will come along for the ride as I plan to use this blog as my platform to share my experiences and knowledge for others that are struggling to really find their calling! The best advice I can give you is don’t quit and fail forward!
I would love to here your journey. What failures have you encountered and did you Fail Forward?
To Your Success,
Happy New Year! I know it is the eighth day of January as of this writing but I asked my wife at what date do you stop saying Happy New Year and she said. ” If you have not seen or spoken to them in the New Year you can say it.” So, my wife is always right So with that being said if this is my first encounter with you then I am wishing you a Happy New Year!
Ok, with that out of the way let’s get to the message I want to share with you today, which is setting a theme for your yearly plan. Most of us by now have either set resolutions or goals for the upcoming year but have you thought about your “why” behind it? For years I have always set goals for myself and some years they are bigger goals than other years but it wasn’t until last year that I took the advice of a guy I follow online and come up with a theme for my goals. At first I did not put much stock into it but as I started to think about what would make 2104 an AWESOME year a central focus continued to emerge as to what I wanted to accomplish and why I wanted to accomplish. It really helped me push through some of the tough and challenging times that occurs throughout an entire year. So, with that being said as I sat down over the last few weeks thinking about a theme for 2015 two major topics continued to surface. I kept hearing and listening to thought leaders talk about success and significance, which led me to to research online on the particular subject.
So what exactly does “Success to Significance mean anyway? I am glad you asked because I want to share it with you in the hopes that if you are in the same boat as me this might help you in your life’s journey.
Before I tell you exactly what “Success to Significance” means let me give you a little back story on how I came use this theme for my 2015 year plan. As I mentioned last year was the first year I created a “theme” for my goals and it really helped me throughout the year. So naturally as I started to think about what I wanted to really go big and make 2015 a year that I made a difference. I don’t know if this is because I am going to be 41 or what but I just felt that I needed to really make a difference in the lives of people around me. And as I started the process of coming up with my theme I started to hear people like my pastor talk about being significant and I also listened to a podcast of someone talking about the term “Success to Significance,” which then led me to research more on the term, “Success to Significance.” What I found was a book by Bob Buford called “Halftime.”
In his book “Halftime” Bob talks about how he achieved great success in business but at his mid forties he began to feel unsatisfied and knew there had to be more to life then business and making lots of money. It was at this critical point he began to ask himself some really deep questions and came to the realization that the time he had remaining here on earth he wanted to make a difference and leave a legacy. I knew after the first few chapters this is what I wanted to make 2015 and beyond be for my life and that is how I decided to solidify “Success to Significance” as my theme.
I know you still may have questions about what it means but here is what I plan for it to mean for me. As I approach my 41st birthday I don’t know if I am half way through my life, as no one does, but after several years of really trying to find myself I know that going forward I want to no longer focus on just being successful but also be significant. With that being said I plan on using my strengths to give back to my family, friends and community. The game plan is still not polished but I plan to use this site, DaveMcGarry.com, as a place where I can motivate and inspire you to go after your dreams and live a life full of energy and positivity.
Well that is all for now but I would love to hear from you. Do you create themes for your yearly goals? If so, I would love to hear what it is.
To your success,
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Everybody needs motivation and success whether you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, or just an everyday person trying to struggle and fight through resistance and tough times. In today’s “Daily Dose of Dave” Dave McGarry talks about resistance and how tempting it is to take the path of least resistance. However, he points out that everyone needs a little bit of inspiration and you should look to those people who should have quit but despite being rejected and having a lot of resistance to their product or service kept pushing on and achieved greatness! You to can do that. Also, remember the quote from Jim Rohn who said, “don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” So, what type of resistance are you facing? What is it that you need to get better at to achieve greatness for yourself. Work on that one thing today and never quit! Until tomorrow make it a great day. Also, you can follow me on FB http://www.facebook.com/internetmarketingadvisor or at my new blog http://www.thinksuccessdaily.com.