It was about 11 PM the other night, my wife Melinda, good friend Hillary Kelly, and I were sitting on the balcony at Hillary’s beachfront house, moon shining on the water, waves crashing into the sand in a peaceful rhythm, we were listening to some nice relaxing music, and while sitting there and glaring out into the dark ocean, all I could think about was where we were 6 years ago. I turned to the girls and said, “Can you guys believe we are sitting here right now? I mean, it’s almost surreal, right?” It’s hard to believe how much has changed for us over such a short amount of time, but we literally went from one extreme to the other, from being poor and struggling to complete freedom. We then started reminiscing about each of our journeys, and talked about the struggles, the failures, the mental challenges that it took to get to where we are today.
So what is our story? I hope your ready because this is going to be a long one, but I promise it will be a good one that hopefully will inspire you. In June of 6 years ago I was a total mess. Seriously, my life was in shambles. I hadn’t gotten paid for about 2 months because I was unable to reach my quota for the month as a Financial Advisor, I was going through one hell of a breakup with my long-term girlfriend, and on top of all that, I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay any of my bills. Life sucked. It got to the point with my career that I would get up in the morning around 6 AM and have this gut-wrenching pit in my stomach because I knew I had to go into work to do something I had zero passion for. I was drinking a lot, a lot as in every night, and might have even been in some sort of slight depression, but I was never officially diagnosed with it. My routine when I got home consisted of grabbing the bottle of cheap rum, turning off all the lights, putting music on that relaxed me a little, and getting enough of a buzz on to make cold calls about life insurance. Not my proudest moment. There was one thing keeping me together, though, one little glimmer of light that gave me hope, and that was my life with fitness and helping others.
Four months earlier I was 25 lbs heavier and looking for something to get back into shape, and that’s when I discovered P90X. I don’t know what attracted me to that specific program, but I hopped on the internet and decided to purchase it. I felt like one of those people who got suckered into an infomercial, but I didn’t care, I was desperate. It’s hard to explain, but it was just something that felt right. You know how you get a feeling when you find that right house or right car? You just know it’s right for you, and I felt that way with this program. My instincts were spot on because I committed myself to the program and it changed my life forever. Not only did I get into the best shape of my life, but I had learned how to eat properly, and developed a new passion for health and fitness. Each night after work I would hop on the internet to check the P90X message boards where I posted my results, and would find question after question from people looking to make a positive change in their health as well. It was my escape from all the other crap going on in my life and I enjoyed making a difference in people’s lives. I had no idea that my little escape from life would turn into an opportunity.
Going back to late June, I got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore, I needed to get away and think about what I truly wanted out of life. There was no way in hell I was going to continue on this path that I didn’t enjoy and led me nowhere. I walked into work one day and told them I was going to go on vacation the following week. What were they going to do, terminate me? I was hoping they would because I wasn’t getting paid anyways. I got online during work hours and booked a tiny little room at a hotel in Myrtle Beach, just so that I could get away and figure out my life and what I wanted to do with it. A week later I jumped into my little Honda Civic and drove 10 hours by myself down to the beach, most of the time without the radio on so I could just sit in silence and think. Most people would find it odd to go on vacation by yourself, but I needed time away from my work, away from the drama and all the other issues going on in my life, and that week alone turned my life around. When I got back home, for the first time in my life I saw a true clarity, I knew exactly what I wanted and what I needed to do. It became so obvious to me, but I never would have figured it out if I didn’t take that week to get away. I made the decision that changed my life forever, I became a Beachbody Coach.
It made so much sense to me. I had the passion for health and fitness, I had the passion for helping others, I am very driven and an extremely hard worker, and I knew that if I didn’t take advantage of this incredible opportunity that was right in front of me that I would regret it for the rest of my life, so I jumped right into it. At first I saw it more as a hobby, something I enjoyed doing, and helped a lot of people, but never really understood or focused on building a business. I made some money by recommending P90X, but that was about it, it stopped there. I was young, I had never owned my own business before, I didn’t have a huge network, I had no idea what I was doing in terms of social media marketing, so I just continued what I was doing for months on end, making the same amount of money, which was about $100 per week. Since I was STILL suspended from my pay because I couldn’t catch up, $100 a week wasn’t cutting it, not when you have bills to pay, so I decided to quit my job as a Financial Advisor and begin working some for my father, who owns a house and business clean-out company. I busted my ass because I wanted to make dad proud, show him how much of a hard worker I really was. He also allowed me to leave work early some days so that I could go home and focus some on the Beachbody Business. I think he knew my potential in the business all along and that’s why he allowed me to do so, and I’m thankful for that every single day. It wasn’t long until I discovered the true business opportunity that was in front of me, but I wasn’t ever going to become successful with it until I made some changes.
However, our financial situation was worse than it’s ever been before, and we were really struggling to pay our bills and rent. We were living in a one bedroom apartment, sleeping on the couch every night so that our baby daughter could sleep in the only bedroom, all because that was all we could afford at the time. The one thing that helped tremendously was that Melinda was on government support, which provided enough for us to get by. We did get by and I don’t regret anything that we went through because it molded us into the people we are today. However, when you’re the man of the house and you can’t provide for your family, it’s probably one of the worst feelings that a guy can experience. I wanted so badly to change our situation around and was willing to do what I had to do in order to make it happen. There was no way I was accepting that this was how my life was supposed to be.
Then, something happened. From a freak accident I broke my hand, had to have surgery, and because the work I was doing for my dad was so labor intensive, I had to stop working for him until I was healed up, and the doctor told me I would be out for at least 3 months. Dad wasn’t too happy, but there was nothing I could do. There was no money coming in other than what I was earning as a Beachbody coach, which wasn’t much, but it was enough to get by. Instead of moping around, though, I saw it as an opportunity to really build a successful Beachbody business. All day and night I worked hard and learned about what it took to become a successful Coach. In those 3 months I had completely turned my business around and things started picking up. By the time I could go back to work, I was making about $800 per week with Beachbody, we got off of government support, and I had decided that I was just going to tell dad that I wanted to become a full time Beachbody Coach. First, though, I needed support from Melinda. I sat her down on the couch and told her my dreams and what I felt I could do for our family, but that it would take serious hard work, time, and sacrifice. I told her that if she gave me 1 year of sacrifice, meaning I would be up early and working late on the business, I would give her a lifetime of freedom. Of course she supported me and told me to go for it.
When I asked dad if we could talk, he said he wanted to talk about something as well, and of course I let him go first. He told me he wanted me to run one of his businesses. I just stared at him for a minute, thinking about the terrible the timing was for me to tell him I wanted to commit to Beachbody full-time, but I did it anyways. Again, he wasn’t too happy, but after pausing for a few minutes and thinking about it, he told me to go and chase my dreams, and so I did. Not many parents would be happy with the risk I was about to take, but mine saw how passionate I was about helping others and knew that I could become very successful. They knew my work ethic and that I could change so many lives. They were right.
That was January of 2010, and by the end of December of that year I had become the Top Beachbody Coach in the entire country out of over 50,000 Coaches. In addition to that, I had over quadrupled our income in a little less than a year. I had achieved what I worked so hard for, and I sure did work hard. My parents always had a saying, that if you wanted to be better than everyone else, you have to work harder than everyone else, and I took that to heart. I wasn’t going to let anyone outwork me, so I made a ton of sacrifices, worked late hours, and focused solely on how many lives I could inspire and help change every single day. Since 2010, our income has sky rocketed, my team, Team Next Level, has increased to over 10,000 Coaches, we have created time and financial freedom, but most importantly, we have help change thousands and thousands of lives, not only with the fitness side of things, but the business as well. Not only have I been inducted into the Beachbody Millionaire’s Club, but so have 2 of my own personally sponsored Coaches, and one of those guys won the Top Beachbody Coach award two years in a row right after me. We have built a massive empire of people who truly care about changing lives, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team. The crazy thing is that we are still growing, and now have an incredible training system in place for those who join the team, making it easier for them to succeed. If you are interested in becoming a Beachbody Coach on Team Next Level, just leave a comment or message me from the Contact section of this site. You can contact me on Facebook as well.
So now you know my story and what I went through, and hopefully in some way you are inspired by it. Just know that it doesn’t matter where you are in your life, how bad things currently are, you always have the option and opportunity to change. It just involves you taking a risk and stepping outside of your comfort zone to make it happen. Believe in what you can do, believe in yourself, chase your dreams, and NEVER give up!