A Coach’s Dream

Four years ago I was a financial advisor, which is the creative and misleading name for a guy trying to sell you life insurance.  Could there be a harder thing to sell?  It is not for you, it costs a lot, and you can’t see it.  I used to look at the sales guys at Best Buy and think, “Are you kidding? How easy would it be if I was selling Flat Screen TV’s?  I mean come on, they are awesome, and you can take it home and watch it today.”  If I buy a life insurance policy, I have to take a medical exam, and I get a promise on paper.  I am by no means invalidating life insurance, or financial advisors.  I truly believe in them both.  It’s just not for me.

Socialize, for time!

Anyways, at this point in my life I hated my job, and was very frustrated with where I was personally.  I had a dream of living in California.   I had a dream of running a school of fitness.  I followed Crossfit, but I was really out of shape.  I decided that things were going to change.  I studied and got certified to become a personal trainer.  I quit my job as a financial advisor, which was probably the best day I have ever had.  I got a job at a big corporate gym, and for the first time I was beginning to do something I loved.

Fast forward 4 years.  I moved to California, and you know the rest.  Moving scared me to death.  I didn’t know anyone, and damn sure didn’t know how I would start a school, or where I would do that.  All of these pieces have fallen into place.  I don’t know how.  A few times the bank account read less than 1 dollar.  I can say definitely some help from the Big Man upstairs.   The Nation lives and breathes, and to me that is a dream come true.

The point of this entry is not to toot my own horn.  I want to share the journey I had. By simply “going for it” my dream came true.  Stepping out there is the important thing.  People ask that question, “What would you do if you had a million dollars?”  I would get up and go teach at the bluffs.  There are times and circumstances that will make things seem impossible or, at least, very difficult.  Whether it be monetary or the situation, I for one believe if you follow your heart and are doing what you love, you are already successful.  The chips will fall in your favor. Trust that.

What is your dream?  Are you going for it, or just letting it fade?  Go get it.   A weird realization is when you are living what you used to be dreaming.  If you are already doing this… Celebrate! Lets hear your story.   And, thank you for letting me live mine.

I love you all!


Danny Lesslie


Tuesday’s Wokout:


3, 6, 9, 12…
KB Swings
KB Front Squats

1 Comment

  • Chris Small says:

    Great story! And glad to see you’ve finally whipped yourself into shape! Seriously though, glad to hear you’re doing well and doing something you love. If you ever make it to Seattle, look me up. You can run me through a workout and crush me!


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