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REFLECTING ON MY 26TH YEAR
March is always one of my favorite months of the year. This is mostly because my birthday is this month, and any excuse to take some time to relax with friends and reflect on everything that’s happened in the previous year is a welcome opportunity. But this month also gives us the first inklings of spring, when the temperatures finally become tolerable again and I can come out of hibernation. This year, I’ll be turning 27. All said, I feel pretty accomplished for a young guy, having started my own gym just a couple years ago and consistently maintaining a level of self-discipline I’m pretty proud of. But as much as my 26th year was about driving my life and business forward, it was also about challenge, wrangling with my relative inexperience in the business world, and dealing with a lot of unforeseen events around the gym. I think being young and starting early as a business owner has a lot of advantages. I have plenty of energy and enthusiasm to devote to my fitness family, which I’m always grateful for. However, starting a business as a young person also comes with some unique challenges. As a young guy, I tend to be too emotional and reactive. When a client has a bad experience or a trainer quits, I have to fight the urge to take it personally. “Oh my God,” I think. “The world is ending! It’s all my fault!” It’s the kind of instinct that everyone says goes away as you get older, but I just haven’t had that time behind me yet.
fire to put out and a new lesson I have to learn the hard way. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not complaining. I welcome it all as new opportunities to grow. I’ve grown up more in the two years since starting Kalamazoo FBBC than any other time in my life. When you’re a kid, a birthday means new toys, a sugar high, and crazy party fun, but as you get older, you start thinking about more important things. Kids, family, the direction of your career, how to gain more stability in your daily life — it all becomes so important. Naturally I’m the type of person who values reflection and learning from the successes and mistakes of the past. This type of reflection helps me to become a better person as I maintain forward momentum. Right now, I’m just excited to have a few drinks with my wife and my friends for my birthday. Also, I’m looking forward to getting outside to enjoy the sunshine.
“I think being young and starting early as a business owner has a lot of advantages. I have plenty of energy and enthusiasm to devote to my fitness family, which I’m always grateful for.”
Another challenge — probably the biggest obstacle for me right now— is simply that I’m new to this. I’m proud of what I’ve established here in Kalamazoo, and I love the meaningful relationships I’ve established with the awesome people I get to interact with. But every day, there’s a brand-new
–Adrian Shier (269) 271-9170 — PAGE 1
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