Monday Mindset

Monday Mindset: “Circumstance doesn’t alter responsibility” 714 1024 Bryce Henson

Monday Mindset: “Circumstance doesn’t alter responsibility”

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family.

With our new found Zoom video conferencing skills, I was able to host a zoom call with 30 family members in Michigan which was set up due to the amazing mother’s passion to keep the family connected. J

And while it was fun to see everyone in better spirits, and sharing our gratitude list, which is very much needed..

But in playing off the paradox mindset from a couple of weeks ago, I believe it still very important to be real about our current adversities. As staring them down in the face is the only way we will push past them and overcome them.

So in the spirit of being candid to strengthen your mindset, and start off our week.

Here we go…

This Quarantine situation is not fun. It sucks actually. And yes, much of this is out of our control. 😤

And just like you, there’s not a day that goes by (sometimes hourly) that I don’t receive some sort of less than ideal news. That’s our reality. 🤯

But the fact remains, that just because our circumstances are less than desirable at the moment, this does not change your responsibility to yourself and love ones, & most notably your family. 💪

As one of my mentor’s Michael, from Romania who immigrated here in his twenties, says “Bryce, suck it up cupcake.”

And he is right…

As despite of the circumstance, you still must lead yourself to be the best version of you. You still must get your workouts, your hydration, nutrition, and your reading in. 🎓

You still have to be a responsible leader for your family, a great parent/child/coworker, and an even better human. 🏋🏻

You still have a responsibility to yourself and others who are counting on you. And remember, even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, many people have gone through much worse. 😱

That true perspective is criticality important for you to keep top of mind. 👌

In closing and to toughen your mind even more so you can continue to brave the storm, with one of my favorite lines from Sylvester Stallone, in the Rocky film series:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

Keep your head up and keep moving forward.

We are in this and STRONGER TOGETHER!


-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: How a $400/month online coaching program changed my life…

Happy Monday!

I have shared my original fitness story before, so some of you might remember my first physical transformation started in January 2007 after a year of living “depressed in Los Angeles” without any prior exposure to a fitness program. And through good fortune, a dear friend who was incredibly fit moved to Orange County, and over a 6-month journey, introduced me to weight training, and clean eating..

Adam’s coaching foundationally changed my life…

But it wasn’t until January of 2012, while living abroad and my fitness getting stale (same routine and diet was slacking) that I took the ultimate leap in coaching which gave me confidence to start my own fitness coaching program called Fit Body Boot Camp!

At the time and very truthfully, my fitness was suffering considering the big move abroad, and I knew I needed a coach to recharge my work outs, provide more accountability and give coaching on nutrition..

The problem was, my Brazilian Portuguese wasn’t too strong at that time, and while I could converse, I couldn’t truly engage in meaningful conversation. So finding a personal trainer at my gym wasn’t the best solution due to the language barrier.

And knowing I had another 8 months before I returned to California, I decided that it was too long a stretch for my fitness (and life) to suffer….

So while it wasn’t my first choice, I started looking online, and found 2 fitness and nutrition coaches based in the States, Rob & Kim. They had create an online fitness coaching program called Jet Set Body.

Candidly, it was a steep investment for me ($400/month) which they provided & programmed a daily work out, a monthly meal plan and a weekly coaching call.  And after much diligence, research and seeing other results from their program, I ended up taking the leap of faith, pinched my pennies, and signed up for it!

While excited to get going, admittedly it took me a few weeks to get into full swing into the program as I hit some road blocks, as my only other coaching experience was with my friend Adam back in 2007.

Ultimately, the work outs were hard, they were delivered in a new format and I had to get uncomfortable as the food programming followed a different philosophy I was accustomed to..

And while I didn’t expect that going in, I am glad I set my mindset that I would follow the coaching program to the fullest degree for the first 90 days to give it a fair shot, and then reassess as needed; which is exactly what I did.

Just like anything in life, very candidly, it took me a few weeks to adjust to the regiment & coaching and I almost quit on a few occasions.. But by the 3rd month I was in full force and the results started to come through like I had hoped.

The weekly check ins, work outs, meal plan accountability was the kick in the butt I needed to dial in my fitness. As such, I ended up staying with their coaching program for a full year right up until Tatiana and I launched our first in-person training & coaching program (aka Yorba Linda Fit Body Boot Camp) at the very end of that year upon returning to California.

So as it turns out, this online coaching program was a major factor and catalyst in giving me the confidence I needed to launch FBBC and a big reason I am writing you this email today.

Friends, this is a 1000% true story and even included a shirt less “after” picture as Kim asked me to take for their social proof site (which I am partially embarrassed to include at the risk of coming off vain). And an additional pic with Rob and Kim a few years ago, as we first met “online” but became “real in person” friends until this day.

So my message today is that we all need a coach in life…

Someone to push us further than we would push ourselves. Someone to challenge us. Sometime to add accountability in a zone of their genius (not ours). And someone to call us on our BS when life’s “excuses” pile up.

As ultimately, many times the excuses can be very legitimate road blocks. But these legitimate roadblocks (aka excuses) will continue to stand in your way of success unless you push through them or find a way around them (however uncomfortable that is in the moment).

This is my story on how fitness coaching changed my life. And my team and I’s burning passion is that we can serve you in the same way. Whether online (for the moment), and/or at our brick and mortar location.

Head up, we are IN THIS and STRONGER TOGETHER!


-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: “The Stockdale Paradox”

Happy Monday!

Do you know about “The Stockdale Paradox”?

The name refers to Admiral Jim Stockdale, an American soldier who spent 8 years in a prisoner-of-war camp during the Vietnam War. He was tortured over 20 times and was never given any hint of a release date in the near decade he spent in near isolation.

Despite all this, Stockdale managed to survive and thrive as will you!!!!

Here’s how he dealt with this, as described to Jim Collins in the book Good to Great:

“I never lost faith in the end of the story,” Stockdale said. “I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which in retrospect, I would not trade.”

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end–-which you can never afford to lose–-with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

The Stockdale Paradox is certainly fitting for our times as I have studied it a few times before.

And was reminded of it this past weekend when I listened to this episode of Craig Groeschel’s leadership podcast; episode “Leading Through Crisis”.

I shared this with all the teams I lead yesterday and would highly encourage you to invest the 30 minutes in yourself to have a listen! As we are ALL LEADERS and need to lead ourselves, family, coworkers and communities!

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Head up, we are in this and STRONGER together!


-Coach Bryce

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O Jeitinho Brasileiro – The Brazilian Way…

Happy Monday!!!


What a week. Head up as you are alive!


Just think of how many people, since the dawn of time, would trade spots with you right now in an instant.

In the below video, I shared 2 stories of my life that I shared on Friday and believe can help you during this challenging time we are in as humans.

Below are the high-level bullet points, but be sure to click the video below and share it with someone who needs the message.



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  1. “Jeitinho Brasileiro” aka The Brazilian Way.


  • Story of Brazil
  • Absence of Resources, you must get resourceful


  1. I am grateful my kids get to see empty grocery store shelves.”Bedros Keuilian, CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp



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In closing, I will leave you with a quote to reset your mindset to embrace the hard times & suck factor.


“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” ― G. Michael Hopf

And remember, we are in this, and STRONGER TOGETHER!


Coach Bryce

Fit Body Boot Camp

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Monday Mindset: 3 learning lessons from COVID-19

Happy Monday!
Grateful to be sending you this message!
Interesting times to be alive (which is a gift) and for as much of the challenge, there is good that comes from any challenging time and this is no exception.
Before I get in today’s message, our locations are open and continuing to serve. We will be in close touch until situation calms and our team is proactively creating at home work outs and online coaching as we speak if there becomes a need to ensure you stay healthy, fit and immune system strong..
Today’s message is long and packed with info so get ready.
I am here to present 3 learning lessons & reminders from the current COVID-19 scare. And then will finish with some education, perspective and action steps you can take to keep you as safe as possible with a strong immune system to keep you healthy!
And as my Saturday mindset mentioned, a giant call to action is to turn off the main stream media (aka “bad news”, not just now, but moving forward long term); and research, study, look at the data and respond, not react.
And of course, take action steps keep your immune strong (which we will get to below)!
1.    Life is fragile so live with urgency!
Very good reminder, life is fragile.  Sometimes it takes a health scare to remind us. If it all ended for you today, are you living the life you desire?
Take a second to think about that…
The good news is that at this moment in time, the data is not suggesting even a minority of the earth’s population will encounter grave effects even if virus is contracted, especially in 1st world countries like ours with high levels of sanitation. And it’s definitely not time to panic, but a good time to ask are you living your ideal life?!
Are you healthy, fit, focused, loving, caring and working towards something that fulfills you every day?
At the moment, some research, which I will share below and developments continue to happen, it currently suggests that the chances that you will be severely taking down by Corona is extremely, extremely small…
But if it did, can you look back at your life with fulfillment? Or do you have regret?
If it’s the latter, this Corona virus scare can be a gift and giant wake up call!!
Get yourself taking action on a life you want NOW!!!!
2.    Humanity is very resilient.
Humanity is very resilient. If you do a quick google search, humanity has survived much worse pandemics than this with much less technology, sanitation, and hygiene standards. We have survived through wars, plagues, famines, natural disasters, the rise and fall of civilizations and the list goes on….
Friends, this will be no different!
Humanity is intelligent, we have the ability to think objectively, we research, we invent,  we can communicate & work together which we will!
3.    Humanity is intelligent, is tribal and we have the ability lead.
Humanity evolved and has dominated earth through not only our intelligence, but our tribal ability to work together through community. Present day, if you put any of us in the plains of Africa alone, we have no chance against any Lion, Elephant or Crocodile.
The fact is our ability to thrive is not just based off intelligence alone, it remains on our ability to work together.  This is extremely important for all of us to be reminded. Very directly, we all need to remain cool, calm and collected through this effort.
Full disclosure, I am history junkie and have previously studied pandemics; and while definitely not an expert on this matter or claiming to be, I’ve seen many scientists predict that our biggest threat to civilization via a pandemic isn’t an actual disease (as human intelligence and ingenuity is strong), it’s the civil unrest that could result from a disease.
People freaking out, going crazy, rioting, buying all the toilet paper (sorry, had to), reacting through their “amygdala” which is the least evolved animal brain that controls emotion including fear… And not with our “prefrontal cortex”, which the most evolved human brain as its commonly referred to, is the biggest concern!
The good news is we all possess a prefrontal cortex and high levels of intelligence. We need everyone to think, remain calm, be strong leaders for your family, your spouse, your kids and your community.  This is always, and especially at times of concern!
A question I continue to ask myself is are you helping the effort and leading by example?
These are my 3 reminders and learning lessons from this past week as there is always good that comes from even the most challenging of situations.  And to add more value, I will finish up today with some information, research and action steps!
Instead of watching the news, please do proper research. Center for Disease Control is a great resource.  I am also including information from Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, PHD. Dr. Mansoor is a recognized authority in the fields of medical genomics and personalized medicine.  He is the holder of several patents in the general fields of molecular diagnostics and genomics research and condensed some research he put out as of Friday, March 13, 2020.
Please also keep in mind, he is just 1 leading authority and expert,  so dig in and continue do research credible sources (NOT the news).
Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, PHD
  • BSc. Specialized Honours in Molecular Genetics | University of Guelph | Guelph
  • Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction in Molecular Genetics & Immunology | University of Guelph | Guelph
  • Postdoctoral Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship | UCLA and Baylor
COVID-19: CO for Corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and 19 because this novel strain of the virus was first discovered in 2019.
Believe it or not, most people get infected with human strains of coronaviruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses are usually short-lived with symptoms that may include:
·      runny nose
·      headache
·      cough
·      sore throat
·      fever
The current mortality rate of the COVID-19 virus is about 3%. This is significantly less than the previous SARs (~9%) or MERs (34%) viruses, but higher than the common seasonal flu (0.1%). It is important that we understand these morbidity and mortality %’s. They are highly skewed toward the elderly, very young and/or otherwise health-compromised individuals.
The COVID-19 virus emerged in a seafood and poultry market in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019. The disease was likely contracted from close contact with an infected, as yet
unidentified, animal. Human-to-human transmission then quickly occurred through the
‘perfect storm’ scenario of Wuhan at the time: very large population; holiday season
accompanied by significant travel; and some unique characteristics of the virus.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronaviruses, BUT there are steps you can take to help prevent infection:
  • keep your immune system strong (exercise, sleep 7-8 hours per day, drink water, eat darky leafy veggies, avoid sugar).
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home while you are sick.
Lastly, here are a couple additional recommendations (for the most at risk).
  1. Be particularly alert if you or your loved ones are on any form of chemotherapy or immune-suppressing medications (such as those associated with organ transplants).
  2. Be particularly mindful of both the very young and elderly in your care. Their respective immune systems are generally not as robust as might be required to effectively combat COVID-19.
I know this was a lot, but wanted to provide insight, value, research and perspective, which will continue until the situation calms..
Please take action to keep your immune systems strong, be the strong leader your family and community needs, and take deep breathes and in doing so you will respond not react. Remember, we are in this together!
-Coach Bryce
Fit Body Boot Camp
Monday Mindset: Criticism & The Naysayers 582 512 Bryce Henson

Monday Mindset: Criticism & The Naysayers

Happy Monday!
I hope you enjoyed Women’s Day yesterday which is a nice celebration for all the amazing ladies in the world!
Today’s message is focused on building a tough mindset to handle criticism and the naysayers, which is unavoidable for your (or anyone) wanting to achieve success in any aspect of life.
I was reminded of this as I was coaching a new FBBC owner this past week. He is new to the business and really sad and frustrated in that he was receiving some criticism on social media.
He had to let go a coach, who was an absolutely fantastic coach & who built strong relationships with many clients but had many issues behind the scenes (routinely late, combative, not a team player, deliberately missed meetings & trainings, etc.). Ultimately, this was causing major issues with the team over a period of many weeks, turning into months.
After coaching conversations, write-ups and warnings without any improvement; he made the decisions to uphold his team standards & culture, and part ways with the coach. Based off the laundry list of issues, it was clearly the right decision (albeit unpopular to some of his clients without visibility) which created some backlash and public criticism for the decision.
He was seeking guidance, in which I reminded him that doing the right thing, isn’t necessarily the easy or popular thing, but it’s needed for integrity and long-term success. Some of your clients might be upset or leave (and understandably so since they cannot see the full picture), but keep your head up, continue to treat your team and clients well and hold them to high standards. By doing this, it will create a strong team and the best long-term client experience, and you will get through this even stronger. And even though it doesn’t seem like it right now, the cream always rises to the top in the long run.
With that, I was reminded of you, as it’s a great analogy for fitness and for life. You see, whenever you dare to do something great (like getting into shape), there will be many people that either don’t understand or doubt you.
Some genuinely don’t have your best interest at heart, although many do and just don’t want to see you get hurt. And even sometimes, your success is threatening to them as it shines the proverbial spotlight on them (and their lack of fitness focus), which creates discomfort and eventually criticism.
You have seen it and probably experienced it already when you were out with some friends, and you were sticking to your nutrition plan (even though you caught some slack for it). “Oh come on, have that dessert, live a little.” Or “You don’t have to be that strict, you’re no fun.”
Some of your work colleagues or even family might send a little skepticism your way “take it easy on the workouts, you might hurt yourself” or “you seem obsessed with that boot camp, always checking on FB.”
The reality is, that while most peoples are intentions are good, your effort or success can be threatening. And therefore, criticism and the naysayers, rooted in human nature, is 100% going to happen to you, and anyone who dares to achieve anything great.
In fact, right at this moment in time and I hate to break it to you, but there is probably someone gossiping and criticizing you and me both!
But if you want to be successful, you cannot let that get you down. The reality is that you know you are on the right path. You know you are doing the right thing. You know you are making the right choices. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, except yourself!
So keep your head up and continue to march on loud and proud, no matter what criticism comes your way. As one thing is for sure, it definitely will.
Head up, onward and make it an AWESOME WEEK!
-Coach Bryce
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Monday Mindset: Your environment shapes you…

Happy Monday!

I am flying back to California today from Atlanta, Georgia. Our CEO Bedros and my brother Barrett delivered a Fit Body Elite Training to our owners from the Southeast (from 6 neighboring states) over the weekend.

It was a ton of fun, and always inspiring connecting with and pouring into FBBC owners and coaches looking to replicate the program our team has spent nearly 8 years of developing.

And it was extra special being that I spent my first 10 years of life in Atlanta before moving to the Midwest. In fact, I had dinner last night in downtown Atlanta, less than a mile from the hospital where I was born.

Looking back, I have fond memories in Georgia. And upon moving to the Midwest nearly 30 years ago; I was very southern and had a thick drawl. In fact, I remember the first 6 months of grammar school in Michigan, my school mates would poke fun at the way I talked. But as kids do, they pick things up but also lose things very quickly; and within less than a year, my southern accent was completely gone.

My mother Donna’s biggest regret was that she didn’t get my brother and I on film so we could playback the tape.

Anyway, while being back in the south and at dinner last night; our waitress asked: “ya’ll fixin’ to have some sweet tea?”

Honestly, I couldn’t understand her and felt a little embarrassed as I had to ask her to repeat herself 3 times before finally getting it and respectfully declining that sugar bomb. 😉

And this was just one of many situations like that over the last few days. And I couldn’t help but wonder the thought of “how would have I turned out if I hadn’t left?!”

Of course, no one really knows exactly, but I do know I would have been much different. This includes the way I would have dressed, acted, thought and spoke.

Consequently, I had a big epiphany on how we become products of our environments. As to whether or we like it or not, our environments do greatly shape us.

And furthermore, why it’s so important to be very intentional about the environments we subject ourselves to in adulthood.

As the fact is that if you want to be happy, healthy and fit; you must surround yourself with people and places that are supportive of this lifestyle.

Have an incredible Monday and week! And remember, you become the company you keep so choose wisely!

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Monday Mindset: Humanity

Happy Monday!

I don’t watch too much TV, but Tatiana introduced me to a comedian on Saturday night via Netflix, named Trevor Noah. If you haven’t heard of him, I would google search him immediately as he is absolutely hilarious!  He is also the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.

Trevor is from Johannesburg South Africa and is an extremely talented, funny, and articulate man.  He also possesses a fascinating story as he was born to a black mother and white father in 1984, which was a year before Apartheid ended.

He authored the NY Times Best Seller “Born a Crime” as having a biracial family was illegal at that period of time in South Africa. As such, his father couldn’t live with the family and when going on outings in public, so had to hide the details of their family.

Being candid, it saddens me to think of the struggle he endured and the cosmic injustice of that period of human history; which is extremely, extremely recent in the grand scheme of things…

But I am so blown away at his perspective, and positive outlook on life he chose to adopt. Because while on one hand, he doesn’t truly associate with anyone class or ethnicity completely…

But on the other hand, can relate and associate with many. This is an addition to diverse cultural upbringing, as prevalent in the African context, and the fact that he speaks the 6 languages of English, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Afrikaans, and finally German, being his father is Swiss.

All this to say that he associates with many types of people and consequently adopted a true humanitarian outlook on life, citing that both his mixed background and travel changed his life due to being exposed to many walks of life, which he also incorporates in his comedy!

And one of many big takeaways from his story and something I believe wholeheartedly is that travel one of the best teachers in the world.

It humbles you, instantly relieving to you that it is not the center of the universe. As it turns out, there are other ways to think, talk, act, worship, and perform rituals; far outside the little bubble you or I grew up in, wherever that may have been. And there is extreme value in that blended perspective.

So, my call to action today is to be like Trevor and adopt a true student of the world mentality, seeking for and learning about other people’s perspectives.

And whether you are 22 or 72, take care of yourself. Eat well and exercise so that you have the health & ability to travel the world, explore and learn about as many people and cultures as humanly possible.  As our world needs more peace, empathy and understanding. And thank you, Trevor, for helping lead the way, and helping bridge the gap in humanity!

Make it an incredible week!

-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: The Mamba Mentality

This past week, myself and 2 business partners Bedros Keuilian, CEO and Matt Wilber, fellow VP of Fit Body Boot Camp; hosted The Fit Body Elite Mastermind. This is a high-level business coaching program for FBBC owners looking to grow their impact in their communities and income.

We had some incredible presenters, from the famous actor Will Smith’s storytelling coach, to bookkeepers, accountants, fitness and business coaches and Blake Garcia (our very own Director of Operations for Team Henson who crushed it). With the entire goal of our owners to learn & grow as leaders to be better able to serve our mission of Inspiring Fitness and Changing Lives Every Day!

The content was incredible, and we all had some major take aways to help our ownership serve more of our FBBC Global clients at a higher degree.

And throughout all the technical presentations, I find out very interesting that the 3 leaders of the group, taught on mindset. As the tools and resources of business are extremely important and fundamental to success; but without a strong mindset to persist in the “battlefield of business”, they are useless.

And that’s the same for you in the “battlefield of fitness or of life”.  Yes, we have the tools to get you and our clients into incredible shape (our experienced coaches, equipment such as battle ropes, skiergs, kettlebells, rowers, macronutrient meal plans, accountability, etc.) but without developing your and our clients & team’s mindset, it’s all for not.

As the reality of the situation is that even with the tools, anything worth achieving in life is HARD. It’s HARD to wake up early, it’s HARD to get to boot camp, it’s HARD to break down your muscles, it’s HARD to do one more rep, it’s HARD to drink more water, it’s HARD to pick salad over dessert. It’s all HARD!!!

So, in order for you, me or anyone to achieve long-lasting results; our mindset has to develop. Our mindset has to strengthen. Our mindset has to improve.

So, in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s passing, which still has me unsettled, I find strength in his mentality which he referred to as “The Mamba Mentality”. In fact, it inspired me so much I ordered a frame for my home office to remind me that life, fitness & business is more of a mental challenge than physical!

That in order for you to achieve the goals you set out for and to live the life you desire; you must be in a mental quest to be the best version of yourself day in and day out; myself included!

And while strategy and tools are extremely important in your quest, your mindset is of #1 importance, so my call to action today is to adopt the “Mamba Mentality” in every aspect of your life, including your fitness!

And when you do, the battlefield of fitness and life gets easier.

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Monday Mindset: The Man in the Arena

Happy Monday!

It seemed like New Year’s just happened, yet there have already been a few big events in the early part of 2020 which has really got me thinking…. These include the news of the late Kobe Bryant’s passing, the Superbowl, and the Oscars, all within a mere 2 weeks.

One thing is common is that these headlines/events are undoubtedly showcasing excellence. And as my business mentor and now business partner Bedros K. says, “The Market Place Only Rewards Excellence.”

Harsh but true, and why true excellence is what shows up the headlines. As the free market, with it’s competition and all, is one of the reason’s that has made our nation so great and what attracts our attention.

But whether you actually achieve excellence or not, shouldn’t or won’t be the way you judge yourself or life in the end….

The truth is, that much of life is out of your control. Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes you get the break, sometimes you don’t. You might win an NBA Championship, Superbowl or an Oscar, but chances are that you probably won’t.

It can be unfair, but that’s life.

In the end, the important question you will ask yourself when looking back on your life;  won’t be whether you actually achieved excellence or not.

It will be….. Did I give it everything I had; did I give 100% effort? Did I have the courage to pursue excellence?”.

Only you will know, but I truly believe your answer to this question will dictate your feeling of “fulfillment” or “regret”.

This is why the late Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” poem below is so special to me and one of my favorites.

So today my call to action is to PURSUE excellence. Give everything you have to whatever you put your mind to! Leave no stone unturned and give it your absolute all, 100% maximum effort! No excuses. And whether you actually achieve it or not is secondary.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt