Growing up as a young teen, I wasn't on the list of good students. I was barely passing school subjects and failing many of them. I was getting suspended and even risked getting expelled. I was getting into fights and looking for trouble. I didn't have a lot of direction or purpose in life, and I wasn't on a good path.
When I was 15, I got suspended from school for getting into a fight (in fairness, I was standing up for my younger brother, so it was technically his fault 😂). I was a relatively skinny kid, so while I had some free time to kill without having to be at school, I decided to join a gym.
It completely changed me.
After a few months of training, I made some solid progress. It was the first time I had experienced the rewards of hard work and commitment! This boosted my self-esteem and gave me the drive and confidence to start applying myself in other areas of my life.
I had a lot of work to do - I was basically at the bottom of every class. After 6 months of applying myself, I started to get better grades but still failed maths. After 1 year, I passed maths with a B+. After 3 years, I was getting A's and even topped my physics class! 🥇
I graduated with one of the highest scores in my cohort. I was no longer that dropkick - I was now a high-achiever.
I went on to:
✅️ Complete two bachelor's degrees,
✅️ Earn a commercial pilots licence,
✅️ Graduate from an airline pilot trainee program,
✅️ Start and run two successful businesses, and
✅️ Earn countless certificates
.... all because I started to believe in myself, thanks to bodybuilding.
So, if you're wondering if working on your body is vain and self-centred, it's not because you're also building self-esteem, confidence, character, discipline, organisational skills, and grit. You are improving your health and well-being. You are changing your life for the better. You are making yourself a better person, parent, partner, and member of society.
Working on your body can quite literally save your life - like it saved mine.