Bodybuilding and business; so similar yet so different

This post is inspired by a clip I saw on YouTube of Evan Centopani.  He is an IFBB professional bodybuilder on his way up in the sport.  I’ve always been a fan and pulled for the guy because he is from my home state of Connecticut.

I never really wrote a lot in regards to my love for lifting weights and working out.  I would briefly write, “A quick post before the gym,” or something similar but I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to explain how much lifting weights and bodybuilding truly means to me; and how big a part of my life it has become.

I started lifting weights when I was 13 years old and I’m 29 now.  So more than half my life has been spent in the gym.  I’ve been alone for such a great portion of my life that bodybuilding always felt “natural” to me.  It’s one of the few things that you can do, day in and day out, that isn’t a “team effort” or “team sport.”  It’s 100% all on you, which is most likely why I’ve always loved it.

I lift weights religiously 5 days a week minimum and I do the whole, “frequent smaller meals” throughout the day lifestyle.  I drink protein shakes daily and consider myself a regular at my gym.  I enjoy my time at the gym and the people that work out there and work there.  I know a lot of them on a first name basis and although I don’t really hang out with them outside of the gym I do feel a connection.  Almost as if they are another family that fills the void of my actual relatives back east.  It feels good when I go away for a long weekend or vacation and when I come back some of the regulars ask, “where you been bro?!”  It feels good when I arrive at the gym, and the sweet girl who checks me in takes notice at what time it is and says; “wow you’re training late today huh?”

These little things, as insignificant as they may seem, really make me feel good.

The one thing that I’ve learned is that unless you live a similar lifestyle it is almost impossible to understand.  People can’t understand why you rarely go out drinking or why you rather just relax at home and watch TV while eating your meals; to them it doesn’t make sense.

Although this sport has always provided a “release” for me, for which I’d say is almost totally positive, I’m not naive to the fact that there are some negative aspects associated with it.  After awhile it does make you somewhat anti-social which I don’t think is a good thing.  It also has a tendency to give you severe body dismorphia which isn’t good either.  People tell me I’m huge and I just nod and smile because I don’t see what they see, I see someone totally different.

Granted a lot of this has to do with self-confidence and just over all body image.  One thing that I’ve found surprising in myself is that I have the utmost confidence to achieve financial success and wealth; however my self confidence in my physical appearance is nowhere near the same level.

The main thing I love about working out is that you can’t fake it.  It truly is a marathon, not sprint.  If you see someone who is in amazing shape, you know it took years to get there with nothing but hard work and sacrifice.  You will never see someone who looks like a pro bodybuilder after only 3 months or 3 years of training.  It’s impossible.

I’m writing this because I’m thinking about this 1 aspect of my life(a very large one) and I’m comparing it to the career/business aspect of my life.  You wouldn’t think that bodybuilding has anything even remotely to do with being an entrepreneur but there are a lot of similarities.

The hard work and dedication aspect is obviously the biggest common factor.  Both take extreme amounts of perseverance and drive and both need unwavering faith in one’s ability to achieve their goals.

I’ve been lifting weights for so long and I love bodybuilding.  I don’t compete but I will always train because it’s a lifestyle that chose me.  It called out to me; I did not select it…

I feel the same way about being a successful entrepreneur.  It called out to me…

This is the video from YouTube that inspired this post.  In particular, when he starts talking in the beginning from 0:00 – 0:32 and again at 5:08.

I have faith in my abilities to make this work and to achieve my dreams of financial success.  I feel like I’m getting closer as every day passes and it’s been something I’ve been working towards since graduating college in 2005.  Just like in bodybuilding, it’s something that takes time and when I get that prize at the end of the race, it will be that much sweeter because I’ll know what it took to get there.


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