In Episode 62, Jason and Victoria sat down with F45 fitness entrepreneur and host of Team Train, Life Change, Andy Vickers. Andy shares his journey from professional water sports athlete, through injury, depression, inspiration, and finally to business and fitness franchise owner who wants to take the Gulf Coast by storm. You can click here to hear Andy’s philosophy on mindset and success.
College was always Andy’s Plan B, something he did to appease his parents. But, just three weeks after graduation, his budding sports career came to a devastating end. A rare leg injury, known as a Lisfranc fracture, left him with a mangled mess of a foot and piles of medical bills. After a series of infections and hardware rejections, his dreams of a comeback quickly faded away. As it often happens in cases like this, he spiraled into depression.
Instead of throwing in the towel, Andy turned his pent up energy towards bettering himself. He devoured books on personal development, mindset, and neuroscience. In that time, he also discovered the power of self-affirmation and networking. Deciding he wanted to be an entrepreneur, he reached out to a guy he saw on Shark Tank. Soon after, he ran into the investors of F45. Now, he’s part of a gym franchise that spans 43 countries and 1750 locations.
The Surprising Link Between Fitness and Real Estate:
A lot of you might have a hard time connecting the dots between a fitness entrepreneur and realtor. But, the two really aren’t that different. Just like us, business owners need to be willing to learn and innovate if they want to be successful. They also have to be able to sell and willing to work their asses off.
Andy Vickers is proof that there are lessons to be learned about business outside of the real estate industry. Being myopic about who and where you get advice from can stifle your business growth and limit your opportunities.
Five Things Andy Says Are Key to Success:
As a man who has been researching success for years, Andy has reached some conclusions about what makes it possible. His recipe for success includes:
- A Realization that Skirmishes Win Wars: It’s the little things we do every day that ultimately lead us to success. In fitness, it’s that handful of extra push-ups at the end of your workout. For realtors, meanwhile, it’s those extra five minutes you spend organizing your leads. Self-improvement isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon.
- Tackling the Big Stuff First: Putting the hardest exercise off until the end of your workout isn’t doing you any favors. The same principle applies to real estate. Don’t put off that hard phone call until the end of the day. Get it out of the way when you’re still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Your career will thank you.
- Associate With the Right People: Andy believes you’re the product of your environment. If you hang out with weak-willed, toxic people, you’ll end up the same. And, honestly, I agree with him. Find and hang out with people who challenge you to be your best. It’s also important to prune your network of dying branches from time to time.
- A Dedication to Fitness: Eat right. Workout. Stay fit. While you don’t need a six pack, you should still do everything you can to stay healthy. With good health comes tenacity and a renewed sense of confidence. You should also avoid fitness crazes and focus on having a healthy diet and consistent fitness plan. These things are scientifically proven to stave off preventable diseases and lead to fewer sick days.
- Set Goals and Take Actionable Steps Toward Them: Everybody needs a reason to get up in the morning. To Andy, that thing should be your goal. Maybe you want to save up enough money to put all your kids through college. Or, perhaps, you want to run your first triathlon. No matter what you want, make a plan to get yourself closer to it. Mile markers make marathons more manageable. The same is true for your goals.