February 1, 2012
As Super Bowl week continues, I am reminded of a quote by Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour who said “the bigger the dream; the more important the team.” To succeed in life, sports, and in business you are going to need a tremendous support system, and at times one’s support system can be overlooked. To do my job and bring the And Then Some effort, my wife and business partner, Sarah as my support. As the face of the business I often get the praise and acclaim but if not for Sarah assisting me with clients, details and the day to day operations, we would not be as successful.
For both Super Bowl teams I look toward the offensive line as the true hero’s of the game. Neither Eli Manning nor Tom Brady would have been able to put up 5,000 yards this season if it weren’t for their “O-Line”. Reporters don’t clamor for a chance to interview a Kareem McKenzie or a David Deihl, but these men are vital components who mind the details that allow Eli to do his job to the best of his ability. Not only do you have to have the right people on your team, you have to have them in the right roles. By discovering each team members individuals strengths and weakness, and placing them in their proper roles, you can draw the best performances from your organization as a whole. As the saying goes “Get the right people on the bus, and then get those people in the right seats”. One thing is for sure, the Giants and the Patriots have the right people in those seats are their buses are headed for Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night.
January 30, 2012
The Week of WOW begins tonight. We are officially one week away from the Super Bowl. This will be a week of firsts for me as I am headed to my first Super Bowl, first time watching a client (Eli Manning) perform on the biggest stage of their profession, first time headed to the great state of Indiana. Although this is a week of firsts for me, it seems familiar in a sense. The past two seasons friend/mentor/super star trainer Todd Durkin went through this week with his clients Drew Brees (2010) and Aaron Rodgers (2011). I knew Todd would be an excellent resource for me being that he was there for both of those Super Bowls, so I made sure to get as much advice as possible when it came to this week.
The piece of Todd’s advice that resonates the most is to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity. As I think about this experience, I reflect on all of the hard work that brought me to this point. To achieve success in life and in your career it takes a tremendous amount of effort and hard work. This past off season was an example of how hard work pays off. The NFL lockout allowed me to work one on one with Eli and I got to see first hand the work ethic of someone at the top of his game. Seeing Eli reach this point again in his career inspires me to continue to push harder and as this week begins I reflect on how my hard work has gifted me this super opportunity. This week will be an honor of sharing this opportunity with my family, friends, valued clients, fellow fitness professionals and all my followers.