I am feeling a little overwhelmed…I have a backlog of things I want to post about…YEAH! Yesterday I started working on a blog post about an article I had just read, and then later I came across something else that I was even more excited to share with you…this is a good thing. One of the difficulties of maintaining a regular blog is having things to write about. For awhile I was having writer’s block. Now I have so many great things to share (in part because I am back to reading great stuff myself), which makes sitting down to do a blog post exciting. And today it is raining for the 3rd day in a row, so what better use of my time than to get some writing done?
Today I want to introduce you to Nate Green. I had to go back and look at my older blog posts, because I was sure I had written about him before…but I was wrong. Nate is a 26 YO guy who has already had a tremendous amount of success. You can be jealous, but I think Nate has been successful due to having goals, being purposeful, being motivated and because he isn’t afraid. Being successful means taking risks, and taking risks is scary. If you want to get ahead, you can’t be afraid. Anyway, I will let Nate introduce himself. This is from his website, The Nate Green Experience:
Who Are You?
I’m a 26-year old writer and fellow hero in training.
Why Should I Listen to You?
Hell, I don’t know. Maybe you shouldn’t. But if you could use some tips on how to get in great shape and have a better life, I think I can help. Along with actually practicing what I preach (i.e. I actually work out, travel, volunteer, and try to live the “life of my dreams” every day), other people think I know what I’m talking about, too.
An Abridged Timeline of Nate’s Short Little Life
1985 – According to my mom I was born with a “squished cone-shaped head.” Aw shucks.
1990 – At the age of five, I got a base hit in my first T-ball game. Instead of running to first base, I started crying because people were clapping. My shyness was legendary. Later that year, I signed up for karate lessons with my parents. Apparently I preferred kicking things.
1994 – Received my black belt in Tae Kwon Do after practicing 5+ days per week. (I also got really good at kicking things.)
1995 – 2002 – Played sports, dated girls, experimented with alcohol and soft drugs, covered sports for the local newspaper, and was essentially the “poor kid” in a ski resort town. (I still don’t ski.)
2003 – Barely graduated high school with a stellar GPA of 1.4. (I was one of those “doesn’t apply himself” kind of students.) Completed exactly one semester of community college before dropping out. Started working out in a local gym.
2004 – 2006 – Disappeared into the gym and gained 40 pounds of muscle. Passed my personal training certification and promptly forgot everything I learned so I could train people my way (i.e. get actual results). While my friends in college wrote fake business plans, I wrote a real one, opened a personal training studio, and started to think about “how to get into magazines.”
Late 2006 – Took out a $1,200 loan to fly across the country to attend a seminar and meet people that would soon become my business (and life) mentors.
2007 – 2008 – Wrote dozens of articles for Men’s Health, STACK, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and Testosterone magazine. Started blogging regularly at this here site.
2008 – My first book, Built for Show, was sold to and published by Penguin and I became an assistant editor at the one of the largest fitness websites on the Internet. (Over 1 million unique visitors per month.)
2008 – 2010 – Wrote over a hundred articles and blog posts and traveled a couple months out of the year. Helped Tim Ferriss with interviews and research for his bestselling book, The Four Hour Body.
Currently – I live the life of my dreams and consider myself a “hero in training.”
I work as a “master storyteller” for Precision Nutrition, write lifestyle and fitness articles on my blog for other heroes, contribute to national magazines and other top blogs, and generally do what I want to do when I want to do it.
As you will notice, Nate works with John Berardi and Precision Nutrition, which I talked about in my recent blog posts Where Are You Getting Your Nutritional Information From? and The New Government Food Plate, Precision Nutrition Style. Nate also talks about being a “hero in training.” What does he mean by that?
What’s a Hero?
hero |ˈhi(ə)rō: 1 one who lives according to their values and ambitions. 2 a person with an athletic, powerful body, and a strong open mind
Heroes are engaged. They know what’s important to them, and they try like hell to live a fun, fulfilled, meaningful life.
To learn more about what Nate means by being a hero I suggest you read his free e-book, The Hero Handbook. It’s 136 pages, but a quick read. In it I am sure you will find something that resonates with you. This was what resonated with me:
Don’t have the body you want? Your fault. Working a job you don’t like? Your fault. Shitty grades in school? Your fault. Up to your eyeballs in debt? Your fault. It’s all your fault. But this is actually great news. Because it’s your fault, you can take responsibility for it. And if you take responsibility for it, you can change it.
I love this because I think too many people do not take ownership of their problems. Everything is someone else’s fault. No one wants to take a really hard look at themselves, no one wants to work hard for something anymore. Getting the life you want isn’t something that is just handed to you. You have to WORK FOR IT. And in doing so, you will come up against some obstacles, some roadblocks. These are not someone else’s fault, it is not the world’s attempt to sabotage you. You just have to figure out how to overcome those obstacles, how to get around those roadblocks. These things make you a better, stronger person. Then when you actually get what you set out to get, you feel great about yourself. It is hard to feel great about something when it is just handed to you.
I have more from Nate, which I will post tomorrow. He might just be a “kid” but he has a lot of good, inspirational material that has come from his own experiences. Kudos to him for being 26 and living a fulfilling life. We should all strive to be more like Nate.