From 2006 to 2015, I worked next to my father in the fitness industry in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I worked for a Life Fitness dealer and did everything from deliveries to the warehouse to eventually working my way onto the sales floor. I wasn’t shown any favoritism even though my father was higher up in the company than I was and in fact, was made to have to prove myself harder than the rest.
So I did…..
I did deliveries for about 4 years and was always the guy on the heavy end of the treadmill. I knew I wanted more but also knew I had to work for it…and then one day I was given an opportunity to interview for a sales position. I got the job and ROCKED it! I was finally doing something that challenged me, full-filled me, and best of all paid very well!
As the years went on, something began to happen. My company began to fall apart internally. Owners fighting and manipulating staff, internal drama, tension around the office at all times, and worst of all for me, a sense of ‘why am I here? I have so much more to offer’. I felt alone and underutilized. I had skills and gifts that were going un-nurtured and when I asked to move into positions that I could utilize these skills I was told to ‘get back on the sales floor’
One day Tonia and I were chatting about our future and I said to her ‘I want to build something for myself and my family, on my own’. I needed to get out of the corporate world. Like so many people I was really struggling in that environment but had no idea how to give myself an opportunity with something else. And then Young Living came along….
Young Living perfectly matched our lifestyle, it stood for everything that we did, it gave us an opportunity to flex our entrepreneurial muscles and was our way out. So we dove in, head first! As this article The Washington Post points out, 71% of employees are unhappy with their current jobs for the EXACT same reason that I experienced. My biggest goal is to help those people discover that they can take charge of their lives and remove the need to ever be in that situation ever again!