For the last five years I have been an avid podcast fan, listening to a podcast every day. I find podcasts to be very informative and a great learning experience. Furthermore, it is very humbling and inspiring to listen to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Mullenweg, and Vince Vaughn to name a few. But the true beauty of a podcast is how it humanizes the individual. It shows us that the most successful people are just like you and I. They have fears and insecurities, but what makes them different is their ability to confront those fears.
One of my favorite podcasts, The Tim Ferriss Podcast, does just that. His goal for the show is to interview experts who excel in their field to find out what makes them so successful. His questions range from their morning routine to their favorite books. In his last podcast (HERE), he interviewed Ray Dalio, who is considered one of the greatest investors of our time. In the podcast they covered a range of topics, but the one that stood out the most was the discussion on principles. Both Tim and Ray have very strong principles and recommend that you develop a set of your own. So I decided to take the opportunity to compose my own seven principles. Enjoy.
I became a personal trainer because from a young age exercise and nutrition gave me a feeling of confidence. Growing up I was insecure, shy and lost. I tried to mask these deficiencies with ego. I portrayed myself as knowing everything, when in reality I knew nothing. I was never the smartest kid, heck I had a speech impediment that followed me throughout my childhood. It wasn't like I couldn't speak or anything, it just made me self conscious about talking in front of others. I was always afraid of mispronouncing a word and embarrassing myself. As a matter of fact, in the 3rd grade, I got called on to read a chapter from my biology book. I remember my stomach sinking when my teacher called my name. I began to read, and everything was going well until I came across the word, “organism”. Instead of saying organism, I pronounced it as “orgasm”. I still remember the teacher’s blank stare on her face. Luckily, most of the kids had no idea what happened so it wasn't too embarrassing, but looking back, it is quite amusing hearing a little kid say the word orgasm.
Handstand: What is one thing you can not live without?
Friends and family. Since moving across the country I have realized the importance of relationships and how much I need them in my life. Be it with clients, friends or family, I thrive on human interaction. Humans are social creatures and it is in our nature to help and be around others. I need others in my life, I need people to rely on me and I need to rely on others.