I got home around 3pm Sunday afternoon from a whirlwind weekend as an ASICS challenge team member for the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball. It. Was. Awesome!
I sat at my computer Sunday evening for the longest time, trying to figure out how I was going to tie what I experienced in with a personal finance blog, since I know most of you don’t know too much about beach volleyball, which I think is one of the things ASICS is trying to change, since it is such a great sport. I figured I would sleep on it and see if an idea came to me. It did, because the one thing that seemed universal while I was at the event, is that I was surrounded by a whole lot of people who loved what they do for a living. And part of personal finance is your work life!
From the get go, the entire ASICS crew and partners exuded enthusiasm about their product and their brand. By the way did you know ASICS is an acronym from the Latin phrase “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” which translates to “a sound mind in a sound body?” I didn’t either, but yes, I like to read the tags on the products where I found that little nugget of information. Pretty cool!
At our first dinner I was marveling at how passionate everyone was about health and fitness…most having participated in marathons, iron mans, tennis, crossfit, etc. I kind of felt like I should step up my game! 🙂 I think it was Donald Trump who said that if you believe in what you do and the product you promote, you will be successful. It’s evident that they have people who live and breathe that. I have to say, it made me kind of jealous!
Someone else I met during this weekend was Michelle Lovitt, a strength and conditioning specialist and fitness expert. She has also trained a lot of high profile clients like Courteney Cox and Amber Valletta, as well as working with some professional athletes. I must admit I didn’t know what to expect with Michelle. I thought maybe she might be there out of some kind of obligation and not really take an interest in us editors and bloggers, but I seriously could not be any more wrong.
Michelle is beyond enthusiastic about what she does, and helping people reach their fitness goals. She went above and beyond what I would expect, to coach us, cheer us on, talk to us individually about questions we had about our own health and fitness goals, hooked us up with VIP passes, talked about her involvement with the PEAR device (which I will review once I get a chance to use it)…I mean I could keep going. It is clearly evident she loves what she does and is so passionate about it. It was very genuine!
Another person I met this weekend who is crazy in love with what they do, is SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), fitness professional, yoga instructor, and surfer Noelle Kozak. She was our SUP instructor in one of our sessions this weekend. I had been SUP’ing once in Santa Barbara, and it was NOT a good experience at all. She made sure I was super comfortable with everything, and gave us thorough instruction before we headed out into the water (which was a very calm Long Beach Bay). This time, I loved the experience! Later I chatted with Noelle, who talked us up with incredible enthusiasm about the sport, and wanted to take some of us local folks out on the water again.
Finally of course are the professional beach volleyball players themselves. Now I will never in my life know what it’s like to be a professional athlete, but I know without passion for the sport you are playing, you will never succeed. You can watch beach volleyball on TV during something like the Olympics, and appreciate somewhat the shape they are in to play the sport, but nothing beats seeing it up close and personal. If you don’t believe me, just trying running one mile in the sand if you’ve never done it before. I’ll wait while you stop heaving. 🙂
A fact you may not realize is that a lot of pro beach volleyball players have to work day jobs, or some other kind of job. It’s not the NFL or the NBA…the prize money is a lot smaller, especially if you aren’t one of the more well-known players like Kerri Walsh-Jennings or Phil Dalhausser (who by the way both won the gold medal at the event with their partners this weekend).
This weekend really gave me a lot to think about with my own career. Where I’m at currently and where do I want to be going, especially with video editing. I feel like I don’t know all the answers quite yet, but after this weekend I got a sense of the type of people, products, and brands I want to be involved with.
Are you in love with what you do for a living? What could you see yourself doing differently if time/money, and other obstacles were no issue?
*While I was compensated generously for products and the event this past weekend, all views and opinions are my own.
**I’ll have a full recap of this past weekend with pictures and product reviews, but that will be posted on my sister site, Healthy, Fit, and Frugal.