On Getting a Real Job

Hello and welcome to the Living Revolution 🙂

Do you ever have a moment when you catch yourself remembering what it felt like to feel your heart beating in your chest, when you were breathless and exhilarated about life, when your ideas and your passions were tied together, and you had a purpose?

Do you ever have those moments when you reach back in your memory to something you wrote or something you said a long time ago, and it rings painfully true in this moment, or reminds you of some memory or inspiration you’ve been grasping for, just not able to find?

Do you ever find notes you left for yourself, tidbits of wisdom, scraps of motivation, scribbled down in haste, tucked away in notebooks or cupboards, waiting patiently for the day the words will again light up something inside you?

I am a writer, and I find this kind of stuff all the time! Some are handwritten notes, some are sentences and paragraphs typed out years ago in college, and still with me through the magic of digital storage. I’m at a point in my life where it feels like I am coming around again to things I knew in my youth, but have covered up under the craziness and chaos of my life.

I’m finding out that I really can apply the philosophy and idealism I developed as a younger man, and I can make it work for the life I want to live right now. Granted, there have been compromises. And there have been sacrifices. And there are parts of this that I don’t quite have a grasp on yet, but I’m getting there. And what’s more, I feel good about it.

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I am a coach, and I have a job I love. I’m finding out that the work I want to apply myself to is a useful endeavor. My work challenges me and I encounter situations daily that inspire me to be better at what I do. I recently began to understand the difference between a hobby and a job, and I began to understand that I am not always going to be good at what I do. Someday I’ll be great!

My people skills need to evolve, my knowledge base must constantly evolve to stay on pace with the fitness industry, and my training must constantly evolve to accommodate my schedule and my goals. The work I do as I coach must also constantly evolve, while remaining true to the tenets of exercise science, and remaining true to my unique training philosophy.

What I’ve learned is that it is possible to accomplish all of this^^^^^^ and be successful.
I started this whole gig just trying to find something to be passionate about, and I’ve learned that I can have a lucrative career and it can be something that doesn’t eat my soul to earn a living.

My work changes constantly, and there are some parts that are not my favorite. The long days sometimes get to me. The whining and the lack of fortitude I see in people sometimes get to me. The constant struggle with the barbell and the black mats, the relentless scheduling, the constant search for improvement, they all sometimes get to me.

But it is exactly these challenges that keep me motivated day in and day out.

Let me be clear. I’m here to change the world in a positive way. I’m here to show people that another way is possible. I’m here to motivate people to live the lives they want to live. My daily purpose is to convince people they have greatness inside them, and then teach them how to access that greatness, whenever they want. Now you know what my work means to me.

What are you doing today to make the world a better place? What are you doing today to achieve progress in your life? What questions are you asking yourself this morning? What lists are you making? What plans are you making? How will you make yourself better today?

Drop me a line at tobias.shea.livingrevolution@gmail.com, or leave a comment here, and answer these questions. It is time to get the ball rolling, and it is time for you to take the first step in pursuit of your dreams!! As always, thank you for reading my words, and thank you for participating in the Living Revolution! Until next time…


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