I’m having a nostalgic moment because as this post goes live I am on my way to Chicago for a fitness conference. It reminds me of the first time I spoke at a conference in 2014, and how it happened to be my first fitness conference in general.
Here’s what I’ve learned since my last conference:
1. You’re never done learning. I happened to fall into my first conference because of a fitness speaking opportunity my blog presented for me. I took no classes for CEUs (continuing education units, required for all fitness professionals annually) even though most were free of charge. I assumed that since I had my certification, I was good to go. LOL You’re never done learning, not in marketing, not in your 9-5, not in your small business.
2. Go with your gut. When I got certified as a trainer, I genuinely just wanted to know what I was speaking to on my blog. It quickly turned into online personal training but then fizzled out when my “dream job” came along. I never, I mean after a 2-year hiatus, never, gave up on my dream of training. I wasn’t sure why- until I was given the opportunity. There is no way that 4 years ago I got certified for this exact moment, but my gut told me and I ran with it. This single certification has saved me twice over the last 8 months.
3. Stand by your beliefs. There’s a way to politely disagree with people, and it’s going to happen no matter what industry you work in. However, the medical and wellness industry is one of the biggest places where conflicting information is going to come at you daily. Making sure that in whatever area of work you’re in; that you stand by your beliefs through knowledge, education and firm analysis. You know what’s right, and it’s up to you to lead that for people that trust you.
As an entrepreneur, it’s important to understand your passions because that is what will be portrayed onto your clients and staff and reflect the culture you want to create. Never stop learning, go with your gut and make sure to stand by what you believe in.
Until next time!