Nobody in this world wants you to succeed more than you do.  Well, at least that’s the truth for most people.  Or it should be for EVERYONE.  If not, you may want to recheck your priorities.

What’s great is YOU get to define what success means to you.  Success can mean having a lot of money, being selfless and serving others, being the best mother or father, being healthy, having huge biceps, a combination of it all!  Only you get to decide what success means to you!!


No one, BUT YOU, is going to put in the hard work it takes to get there.  You will have to wake up in the morning for work, prep your meals, go the gym, decide whether you get good sleep or stay up all night watching the damn Kardashians, and get up each day to chase after your dreams and live out your life’s true passion and purpose. (And if someone is doing all these things for you.. shame on you.. and grow up!!)

I am honored to have had the privilege of once working for, becoming very good friends with, and currently being coached by one of the most influential people I know on this planet, AJ Rivera!  As the previous owner of Rush Performance (now Driven) and currently blowing up as one of the most influential fitness business mentors in the world, AJ Rivera is a rockstar.  He’s been featured in SUCCESS Magazine,, and even interviewed by Facebook as one of their Success Stories!

Meeting AJ was the best thing that could have happened to myself and my family.  Within 6 months of knowing AJ, I had purchased my own personal training studio, became enlightened through his teachings and my mindset and views on life had been altered for the better.  I also had the honor of making a great friend that I believe I will be connected with for the rest of my life.

Kari believes that when you are doing everything in your power to make sure you are on the right path by getting your mind, body and soul in alignment with pursuing your passion, great things will happen for you!  This couldn’t be more true! Right before I met that AJ guy, I had just quit a job that did not value me for what I was worth and decided I would go find another fitness studio to pursue my career and passion for helping others.  Within a few days, I happened to walk into Rush Performance and met the owner AJ.  During my time at Rush Performance, (now known as Driven Personal Training) AJ and I would get all jacked up on C4 and pump iron together a few times a week.  During our cracked out lifting sessions (we didn’t do much cardio) we talked about anything and everything.  One of our talks that has stuck with me over the years was about staying comfortable.

Most people in this world are COMFORTABLE BEING AVERAGE.  WE BOTH AGREED THAT AVERAGE WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR EITHER ONE OF US!!  We envisioned much more for our lives, we both had big goals, we were both hyper focused and committed to making shit happen, and we had the drive and ambition to do whatever it takes to make a big impact on this world!!

When you look around this world today, you see too many people settling on a LIFE that is SAFE, COMFORTABLE, and AVERAGE.  Your life, your health, your career, your happiness, and your impact on this world and the people in it will be what you make of it.  If you are not willing to open your eyes and find your passion (or you just want to float on in this life) average sounds like the best option.  But if you take time to find what you truly are passionate about and commit to becoming the absolute best at it,average will not be part of your life.

Following this passion will require that you be willing to make a leap at some point and work your ass off to be successful.  Following my passion and becoming an entrepreneur, I have no guarantees.  There is no feeling of safety or comfort every month.  I do not have a paycheck that is coming every week or biweekly, which can be scary at times.  But what I do have is an incredible passion and love for what I do, a great purpose and meaning, a sense of accomplishment, not to mention an amazing, kick ass studio with the most badass athletes EVER.  

And guess what?.. I wouldn’t change it for anything in this world!! I honestly can say I don’t work a day in my life.  Kari and I made a huge leap when we purchased the studio and were scared, but with our hard work, lots of love, and positive energy we did it!! When you find your calling, set big goals for yourself, and put in hard work you can live your dream!!

And to leave you with a little AJ inspiration…here are my favorite quotes from him!

“If you wanted something easy, you should’ve sent out resumes not started a company” -AJ Rivera

“Fuck your feelings.  No one cares about your feelings.  You were put on this earth to help people, you are very good at what you do, do your damn job” -AJ Rivera (I may have added a few swear words, but this is how I remember it because it cut pretty deep lol)



Author: Marty Rinehart

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