The Value of Being True to You & Knowing What You Want: Part 2

Mike Coval
March 31, 2021

I look at what I do much more than "personal training".

I knew what I wanted to do when I was in college. When I graduated from college in December of '09 I knew what I wanted to do.

The problems I faced were:
1) I didn't have any leads for jobs

2) I was broke. I don't say that lightly. One day prior to graduating I moved back to Michigan after completing an internship. I had around $10 3 hours before I left Indiana to move back and then one of the clients gave me a bag of beef jerky, a 4-pack of Monster, and $200 cash as a "thank you" for working with them during my time there.

3) I had over $80k in debt.

After about 8 months after graduating I found myself working part-time in lawn and landscaping and doing an internship with Eastern Michigan Football Strength & Conditioning.

My family was all over me to get a 9-5. I wasn't having any of that conversation though. I knew what taking a 9-5 meant for me. It meant that I get further away from my dream.

Now granted, I understand why they were all over me to get a 9-5. At the time I was living in my aunt & uncles basement. At the time it wasn't finished either. It was literally a mattress on a concrete floor. It wasn't the most glamorous of times for a 24 year old.

I just knew I needed an opportunity and I could make something happen. In August of 2010 I finally found what I thought was my opportunity. I was hired by a very successful private gym in Bloomington, IN. My thought process was "I'll go down there for 2 years. I will become a better coach while I'm there and then learn the business side of things and then come back to Michigan and open a gym."

I found myself back in Michigan at the end of October 2010. Things aren't always what they seem and things don't always work out as planned. That experience though did do one thing that worked in my favor.

It pissed me off and lit a fire.

I lied....we will finish this in part 3 on Friday 🙂

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