Posted on November 03 2015
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We've known Spy for quite some time now (high school to be exact), and we've always had an inclination that he was destined to be involved in the fitness and nutrition industry. A few years later and sure enough, this is exactly where we find him! Not only is he an amazing fitness enthusiast, but he now also owns more than one Nutrishop retail stores in Orange County.
If you've been following our #influentialindividuals articles, you'll know by now that our intent is to bring light to entrepreneurs who broke out of his or her comfort zone to follow his or her dream. It takes a lot of discipline and courage to go against the masses. Spy is an example of someone who took his passion to another level. Read on to get to know little more about his journey to entrepreneurship.
Spy: I'm a self-employed entrepreneur and business owner. As a child, I grew up in Orange County, Ca. At age 12, my parents moved our family inland to Corona, CA where I would finish middle school, attend high school, and get a college education. After finishing college, I moved out on my own back to Orange County where I now currently reside.
2. It’s almost impossible to think that you have any free time. But when you do, how do you like to spend that time/what are your hobbies?
Spy: Being that I’m in the fitness industry, one of my main hobbies is working out. My early mornings are usually spent at the gym. Aside from that, I like spending time with my wife. We both work so hard that we’ve recently made it our goal to make time once or twice a year to vacation and travel to new places we’ve never been to. It’s a great way for us to unwind from work. I also enjoy being around family and close friends.
3. You’ve always been the buff guy around campus since high school. What was the inspiration behind always being “fit”?
Spy: When I was a kid, I grew up watching action movies and idolizing movie stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Dam. Some obvious characteristics these guys had was the fact that they were each in great physical shape and that they always won at everything they did. I was always very competitive, even at a young age, and I myself always wanted to win. The first step to becoming a winner, I thought, was to be in great physical shape! So I began working out at the age of 13. Since then, I’ve always loved being fit.
4. What was the inspiration/motivation behind choosing this career path? What made you decide to establish licensed retail locations (Nutrishop)?
Spy: While in school, I worked at a nutrition retail store for 2 years. During that time, I was already obsessed with fitness and nutrition so learning and selling supplements as well as other fitness products came naturally to me. I soon started learning about the industry as a whole and thought to myself that I can definitely excel in this field.
After college, I worked in the corporate world. My work consisted of sitting behind a desk in front of a computer all day doing what was asked of me by my superiors. I’m a bit of a stubborn person who doesn’t like being told what to do so it didn’t take long for me to realize that this isn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Not that there was anything wrong with my job. I was working with some of the best people in the industry at the time. It just wasn’t for me. I thought about the time I was in the fitness and nutrition industry and how much more I enjoyed it. I began to think of how I can get back in the industry again, only this time being in a better position by becoming a business owner. With some money I saved and a loan from my parents, I quit my job and opened up my own nutrition retail store in Orange, Ca.
5. Did you ever come across certain family members or friends who criticize your career choices? What were their objections and how did you handle it?
Spy: For the most part, I’m blessed with very supportive family and friends who encouraged me to do what I do. However, I did have some criticism from family and friends who thought I should get a normal job that was less risky where I’d have a steady and reliable source of income. They’d ask, “What if you fail” or “Most business fail within the first 2 years, what are you going to do after” and those types of questions. I was even told a few times that it wasn’t going to work and that I would fail. I ignored the criticism, believed in myself, and did it anyway.
6. Define a go-getter.
Spy: A “go-getter” is someone who has a clear vision what he or she wants, creates a plan that will enable them to obtain what they want, and puts that plan action. There may be bumps and obstacles along the way, but that person learns from them, stays focused, and never quits until they’ve achieved their goal.
7. What do you love most about your job? What do you least like?
Spy: I chose to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the fitness and nutrition industry because, well, I love fitness and nutrition! Being self-employed also has its perks like being able to make your own schedule and things like that but to me, it doesn’t feel like work because love what I do.
We can’t always predict the economy and bad economic times can negatively affect any business. As a business owner, times like these can be a nightmare. This of course would be the part I least like about my job, but on a positive note, I can make adjustments accordingly and move on.
8. What did you have to give up/sacrifice to follow your dream? If you could go back and change one thing, knowing what you know now, what would you have done different?
Spy: I learned to live a frugal lifestyle. I sold my car at the time and bought an old beater, I moved back home with my parents to avoid paying rent/mortgage, and I didn’t go out or have any social life. I worked long hours at my job and saved every penny. I did all that in order to save up some capital to invest in my business.
If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have wasted time on things that didn’t help me grow. I would’ve started earlier and focused on the more important things.
9. What is your ultimate career goal, say, 5 years from now? What would you have liked to accomplish by that time
Spy: The goal within 5 years is to grow our sales revenue. It’s not an easy task, but I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a great team working diligently and extremely hard to ensure that we accomplish our goals!
10. You’re talking to a group of admirers and people who find you as an inspiration. What is the best advice you can give them about following their dreams?
Spy: If you have a dream and your extremely passionate about it, make it your ultimate goal to achieve that dream and pursue it 100%. Learn to ignore all the negative criticism of those around you say. You must create a plan and take immediate action! The plan doesn’t necessarily have to be elaborate. Put some ideas together and take action. Most dreams never become reality because no action was taken, so get started on it right away! You can learn as you go. Work on your plan daily until it becomes a habit. Understand that there may be tough times and even failures. Use those as learning experiences so that you don’t repeat them. Be relentless and NEVER QUIT!!
There you have it, folks. Never give up on your dream! The rewarding feeling of a successful business is so rewarding, but you'll never feel it if you give up at the first road bump. Just keep going!
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