This is a touchy subject for some people, but it is necessary to talk about in order for you to see your full potential. What am I speaking of? I’m referring to the people you keep in your stead. What lives do they lead? Are they productive or destructive? These questions have to be asked because they are very important when it comes to the decisions you make. Who you surround yourself with, is who you will become. I myself am only where I am today because of who I met along my journey. This post will be my most revealing one, but I find when you try to help people, you must be honest. I’m going to share my journey with you and tell you how I came from a bad situation to turn my life around. This is my story. When I was in high school and even into my late teens, I used to hang out with people who sold and used drugs. At that time in my life, I had no guidance and no conscience. As far as I was concerned, my life would be just as my friends’ lives were. These so called “friends” used and abused drugs, and would steal from whomever in order to get a fix or get ahead.

In my mind, I thought I could sell drugs in order to pay for things instead of going to college to pursue an honorable trade. It was quicker and easier, so the decision was obvious. I sold drugs in hopes that I could make some quick deals and help my family without costing them money to send me to a school that I wasn’t even interested in attending. It wouldn’t be long before I started to notice how addicted and how ruthless my friends had become. They weren’t even smart in the way they went about selling drugs. They’d approach whoever and openly discuss buying and selling narcotics in broad daylight. In my mind, I thought that was the dumbest thing someone could do. After seeing this time and time again, it thwarted me in the direction of stopping this lifestyle and figuring out the right way to go.

As I was trying to figure out who I wanted to be, I met a young man by the name of Galen Godbey. He worked at the gym I went to and although I didn’t know it at the time, he’d change my life forever. He stood at 6’5″, and was bigger than most men I had seen in my entire life. I had just gotten into training after being overweight for most of my life. I remember thinking “What in the world did this man do to get to this size?”I remember him having a certain aura about him, like he was sure of himself and who he was. Yearning for that type of feeling in my own life, I had to find out more about him. So every time I was at the gym, I struck up a conversation with Galen. I would ask him what he ate, what strength program he followed, as well as a host of other things. He didn’t seem to mind all of my badgering, so I continued with my onslaught of questions. One day, I was going to his office like I normally would, but I noticed something was different. He told me that he would be departing in order to open his own facility. I, of course, was curious and had no hesitations in following this man into his next venture. I had no idea that it would be one of the best decisions of my life. I’m glad I never looked back.

It’s been 6 years and I’m still with Galen, and the venture he catapulted into has become two successful gyms. I quit running with the crowd I once ran with and am happy to report I currently am one year away from earning my bachelors degree. Throughout these years, I have learned more about who I am and who I want to become. I saw in Galen the type of person I wanted to be and quickly stopped talking to the people I once called friends. I now have new friends who share the same thoughts and goals I want to achieve. I share this with you because I come from an area where there’s nothing but trouble and drugs. The people I once ran with either went to jail or they never amounted to anything. It is important for you to find people who challenge you to become better. If you are better than the people you associate with, find new friends. It is pivotal to your success, to surround yourself with the best people you can find. You will be whoever you attach yourself to. You are not exempt and you are not too special to be around negativity and not become negative. You must know that you are worth more and that you must not stop until you get where you want to go. Have a good week!!!!

– Steve

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