I was headed home from a short trip the other day, and decided to pull over at a gym I happened to spot. It was a good time to sneak in a workout. While I was changing clothes there was a young man in the locker room mopping the floor. I asked him how he liked the gym. A simple enough question. He leaned on that mop, screwed his face a couple of different ways, pointed at me and took off. . .
- “I tried to get in this place and workout when I was 17. But they wouldn’t let me in until I was 18. I am 19 now. I knew more about working out and health than anybody working here, and I couldn’t get in the door. Now can you even believe that?
- “So now I work here, but they’re doing this fitness stuff all wrong, everywhere. I am going to change all that. I am saving up my money and I am going to open my own place. Hell, I’ll be a millionaire by the time I am 30, but that isn’t why I am saving up. I just know my place will be popular
- “You can’t just have weights and machines. You’ve got to get in the spiritual, mental, and nutritional stuff too. I know exactly how I am going to do that. I can see it clear as day.
- “I’ve got to go now. Have a nice day. Bye!”
You know what? I saw my Dad at the same age, in that guy. My Dad wasn’t a person. He was a tornado… an entrepreneur to the bone… a bull in a china shop. That young man is about to turn a lot of peoples’ worlds upside down, and upset the balance of the universe.
Naïve? Sure. But we don’t take on impossible tasks if we think they’re impossible. That young guy is going to shoot for the moon and probably hit oil in the process.
There was one key trait in him that was the tell of great things to come. He was disgusted, downright mad, at the way the fitness industry is operating. In his eyes there’s a huge, gaping hole in the marketplace. And he’s about to drive a train through it. I have no doubt he will be successful.
Sometimes, Grasshopper, the best seeds of an idea are born of frustration. I’ve got to go now. Bye!
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read, and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.