• Jake Shaw

If i'm being honest....

I have to start this blog post out by stating that this weekend was my 28th birthday and this is honestly the first birthday of my life where I actually answer "yes" to the age old question, "do you feel older yet?"

I still can't believe I'm 28. There are a lot of things that I have planned, both in business and personally, for my 28th trip round the sun. I know that creating content doesnt make sense to everybody, but to me, it makes perfect sense. Sharing not only my story and thoughts and feelings through a number of different avenues, but also sharing that experience with those who I've either been lucky enough to cross paths with or will be lucky enough to in the future.

If you don't already know, I run this blog, where I share workout ideas, coaching points etc. I also have had the opportunity to share my stories and experiences as well as learn of others stories via my podcast, "All the BST Things". Not only am I doing that, but I still am fortunate enough to have both 1-on-1 personal training clients and a small group training family (M.E.L.T.)!

This is not intended to seem like I am "gloating" or "bragging" in any way, but rather creating a visual to emphasize the fact that I love continuely learning and expanding my comfort zone and putting myself in seemingly uncomfortable situations (in a good way!).

Much of what I have jumped in to is still in its "infancy stages", if you will, but I plan on expanding and growing even more from this very moment and moving forward into the future. I have never been someone who felt like "the way we do things" is the ONLY way we have to do things.

I know plenty of people who have always said they "wished they took that chance" or "wished the deck wasn't stacked against me". These are the same people tha tare so angry or frustrated that they take it out on others. These are the same people who have lost patience and now are just always looking for whats "wrong" with the world.

That being said, I want to let anyone who is reading this know that you CAN change your future. You CAN do what you want. You CAN chase that dream. Just know, that its not all butterflys and candy canes. Its likely not going to work the way that you imagined it. There are obstacles around every twist and turn.

Trust me.

I'm right, smack dab, in the middle of some of those things. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. Because simply knowing that I took the leap into owning my own business and having the freedom to learn, share, and grow and eventually prosper is one of the greatest feelings in the world. It's something you can't fake. It's not something that you can put in a box and give to someone as a gift. It's not glamourous or "made for TV".

But it's made just for you. Custom. Not another feeling like it. Putting in the work and knowing that what you're doing is the right thing. I don't do it for the glory or even the recognition. I do everything I do, for that feeling I mentioned before.

I know I'm not the first, and I'm sure not the last, to tell you that there are so many ways to measure success. Don't let others dictate you path. At the end of the day, it's your journey. Your journey shouldn't be the same as your best friends or your brother or sisters journey.

A basic "Rule" that I've learned that has resonated with me; "Control what you can control". There are so many opportunties for every single person on this earth and life is to short, so try and live it long.

I may only 28. I may only be "some stupid kid". I may "not know what I'm talking about". I may not even be smart. But it's hard to deny the fact that the world is in a crazy state of affairs currently and the division that we have seen is unlike any other time in our history. Many have even called this unprecedented.

Sometimes, living an unprecedented life demands unprecedented decisions to be made. So take that chance. Make that change. Do what feel will have a positive impact for years to come. Be kind. Smile more. Share. Laugh. Learn. Love. Leave your legacy.

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