Musclemania® Pro Simeon Panda says, “Facebook 2004, YouTube 2005, Instagram 2010, before the inception of social media, some of us really did #JustLift.
So many people want to achieve great things in the fitness industry, it seems lucrative right? But what is your ‘why?’ For many of you this is hazy; as far as you’re concerned, your favourite YouTubers are opening gyms or whizzing around in Ferraris and Lamborghini’s, that’s all the ‘why’ you need right?
I can only speak for myself, but that was not my ‘why’ when I started training circa 2001. There was no Facebook, YouTube or Instagram, no influences, just a loud stereo, a collection of Tupac albums and a dumbbell. I picked up a dumbbell in my room at the age of 15, and fell in love with the feeling of pumping weights, it gave me focus, it made me feel on top of the world, that was my why.
Now I won’t bore you with my life story, but fitness did not become a real viable career for me until 2012, do the maths, that was over a decade of my life invested in weight training. Throughout those years my passion grew, and it was expressing that passion, and a desire to enthuse others that has taken me to the position I am now.
I get many emails/messages from people that have pretty much just started their fitness journey, and at such an early stage want acknowledgement, accolade, success and riches to fall at their feet. Whilst I wholeheartedly commend your efforts and dedication thus far, I implore you not to be hasty, to exercise patience and maturity with your expectations.
I’m not trying to discourage you from wanting to achieve in your chosen field, on the contrary, I want to ensure you have your ‘why’ in check, as this will help you maintain focus on what could be a very long road.”