Unlock Your Highest Potential

Salient Point

Somebody once wrote: Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Translation: your thoughts leads to your destiny - what are you thinking about right now?




I didn't grow up dreaming I would be at work at 4:30 am. I didn't grow up dreaming I would leave work at 10:30 pm. I didn't grow up dreaming I would be eating dinner at 11 pm. I didn't grow up dreaming I would be listening to clients treat me like a therapist. I didn't grow up dreaming I would forego vacations because I didn't get paid if I didn't train clients. I didn't grow up dreaming I would hope to find 30 seconds to scarf down some food in between training sessions. I didn't grow up dreaming I would always just be "getting by." I didn't grow up dreaming I would be unhappy with my career.


I’m grown now (all 24 years of me) and I at times I go to work at 430am and go home at 1030pm. sometimes all I do is listen to my clients problems as my stomach growls in hunger. No matter what, I wake up everyday wanting to go to work. Why? Because I am passionate about my job as a Human Performance Coach. It is my firm belief that in order to be content with your life, you need to find something that motivates and inspires you to do better everyday. That leads me to a very important “life changing question” - What is your passion? Passion, according to the dictionary, means "to suffer." Now, that may not be how we use it today, but that's what the root of the word means. Therefore, I define passion as to suffer for love. If you’re not passionate about anything you’re just going through the motions of life with no principle of action and no motive to advance. Consider this chapter in my life.


In my “former life” (when I was a teenager) I worked at PW Supermarket (believe it… read “Paper or Plastic” on my Jot Sheet 2). Anyway, the very first week on the job was, ummmm, enlightening (I went to church and decided to refrain from cussing so much). I was driving down the onramp to 101 South heading home (San Jose). And that's when I saw 101 South as a freaking parking lot. The cars were bumper to bumper and nobody in their car looked happy. Not that surprising when you consider all those corporate workers from Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Fremont, and everybody else trying to get home from work. Everyday that I was on traffic, a feeling of dread came over me like a tidal wave. "This is my life? This is what I'm going to be doing every day from now on? Sitting in traffic driving to and from a job I'm not looking forward to working at?"

That was the summer of 2000. My life couldn't be more different now. From then on I only took jobs that made me happy (Youth Camp Counselor, Peer Mentor, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Human Performance Coach). I truly love what I do…I have the easiest commute in the world…I can take time off whenever I want…I get to help lots of people… I don’t answer to a “boss”… Some would like to say, I have it made. Little do they realize that they too can have it “made”. More powerful than all the success slogans ever written is the realization that everyone has but one boss. That boss is you. Life is what YOU make it. Dreams might never come true but one thing will always happen – reality… and only you control your own reality. If you don't like yours, then do something about it. There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. If your unhappy about your life because your not doing what you love… find your passion and go for it. There's no one to stop you but yourself. No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but you. So do yourself a favor and never be content of mediocrity. Wake up everyday wanting to be the best possible person you can be.

It doesn't always happen overnight. But if you dream (set the bar high), plan (if its important do it everyday), set goals (take a risk and leap into the future) and take action (change “I want” to “I will”), it WILL happen (happiness is a method of life). It did for me. It will for you. Trust me, I am living proof of “living the dream”.


A while back I wrote this on my article: Random Thoughts, Rants, Resolutions and Things I've Learned From 2007”

I love my job! It’s a great feeling to see confidence in my clients and to see the joy in their face when they realize they are finally going to reach their health and fitness goals. If I don’t get paid a single penny for going to work, I will still be the first one to arrive and the last one to leave I do it because I love it and I love it because im good at it. If the only take home message you get from reading this is “find your passion and follow it”, then I consider it a definite success.


No, I did not run out of materials to write. I just wanted to remind you that success leaves clues. Get out your magnifying glass, put on your Sherlock Holmes outfit and start analyzing evidence. In conclusion, If the only take home message you get from reading this is “find your passion and follow it”, then I consider it a definite success… (hmmm… that sounds familiar, I think a really smart, sexy and wise person said that before).



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