Leaving Good For Great

In this blog you are going to be reading my rawest emotions. One’s that I’m sharing with you in hopes that if you are questioning your push for greatness, you can be comforted knowing I’m right there with you.

From the outside, my life probably looks flawless. If you check my instagram feed you will see I’ve left my training job to start my own business, I’ve been traveling all over the country with great friends, and training to set a world record by the age of 23. However, the ugly details shouldn’t be left out. I always try to be transparent with the tough lessons I’m learning, but this one might be the hardest. That’s exactly why I’m going to share it with you.

See, the thing with social media is that it may not depict the details – You don’t get the behind the scenes. As a creator, I want that to be different. I want you to see the raw behind the scenes in my push to become something great – even during those times when I can’t see it. I want you to know that becoming great is not pretty, but there should be no other option. So, let’s take a look at the real emotions.

The Behind The Scenes

As I rewind back to the beginning of my journey, there were a lot of decisions I had to make to protect my ambitious goals. My fifth year at Franklin Pierce wasn’t easy. The previous four years I lived a wild lifestyle – I partied, stayed out late, and didn’t put in a single ounce of self-development. The thing about a lifestyle like that is that it’s completely social. When you decide to stop living that way, you aren’t just leaving the late nights, most times you are leaving friendships which aren’t willing to change with you. I had to let go of some friends that just didn’t have the same visions as me. It wasn’t easy to stay away from the crowd, it was honestly tough as hell. Some nights I felt crazy, I wondered if I would regret missing out on the fun – but I was committed to leaving good for great, and I knew this was the only way. As I look back now, leaving good for great was the right decision. I love the place I’m in now (Yes, even with the struggles), and most of the people who I thought were my friends, probably aren’t even reading this blog. Leaving good for great was the right choice.

Fast forward to summer, I’m in a relationship. This is something I rarely talk about, but in this blog we’re uncovering it all. My relationship was good – It had it’s issue’s, but what relationship doesn’t. At the time, I was at a place in my life where the commitment to my goals was not an issue, but making time for anything else was something I struggled with. I had a decision to make – I could either keep living this lifestyle and hurting someone who deserved what they were asking for, learn how to balance and possibly sacrifice some success, or decide to move on and go all in on my dreams. I chose my dreams. This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, and quite honestly, one I struggle with to this day. Now, I’m not saying I think I made the wrong choice, but there are a lot of moments where I wonder if throwing friendships and relationships away was worth it. I may not know now, but one day I’ll found out. All I know is that I made a decision to leave good for great, and I had to go all in on my dreams.

As time moved along, I settled into a new job that I absolutely loved. I worked as a functional strength coach in a great facility – it was the perfect job for me at the time. Just recently I ended up leaving this job to pursue another goal of mine – being a business owner. I started my own company named the Hustle Athletic Club, and I am on a mission to give athletes the mental and physical guidance I needed when I was going through my difficult years of college. The word entrepreneur sounds fancy, everybody wants it in their instagram bio. It shows everyone how self-sufficient, innovative, and financially stable you are. I’m here to tell you it’s been anything but that. I’ve been encountering a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure out how I’m going to piece it all together. I spend most of my time wondering if this idea is just pipe dream, or if people even see me as someone who can help them achieve goals beyond their wildest dreams. I know close to nothing about growing a successful business, so most of my days are spent researching marketing and “clarifying my message” instead of actually bringing in revenue. There hasn’t been a day gone by where I don’t fear and doubt that I made the wrong decision leaving a stable paycheck. I fear that I might be set back financially in a couple of years. If you couldn’t tell by now, pushing past the doubt to grow this business isn’t much of an option. A long time ago I made a decision to leave good for great, I’ve made a ton of sacrifices because of it, so pushing forward is the only choice I have.

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

Yes, it’s cliche, but that’s only because it’s true. I didn’t write this blog for sympathy. I wrote this blog in the rawest detail possible because I want people to know that chasing your dreams is not supposed to look pretty. Creating something you’re proud of can’t just be given to you – it requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears because only the crazy committed can make it to the end. A lot of people are going to attempt chasing the titles and image. They are going to post on instagram about how pretty the process is, and for some this may be true. For most it’s going to be the complete opposite of pretty – It will be downright ugly. You will face countless obstacles, doubt, and fear, but the ones who recklessly push to the other side will find the greatest pride for the life they have created.

If you are in a place right now where you can make the decision to leave good for great – do it. It’s okay if you’re afraid, fear is life’s greatest compass, and it will direct you towards the greatest experiences in life.

Always choose good for great.

In the end all of the struggle will be worth it.

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