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Never Sacrifice Integrity

While growing up, I used to watch and study how my parents and grandparents would handle certain situations. What I came to discover is that no matter what the circumstance, the one thing that neither of them would ever give up is their integrity. My grandpa was a very successful business owner, and if he ever came across a situation where he had to sacrifice his and his company’s integrity to increase income, he wouldn’t do it. That’s just how he was. They taught me that living and building with integrity was something that was always to be at the top of the priority list, and I have lived my life that was thus far, and will continue to live that way for the rest of my life. Never, ever sacrifice integrity.

When I was in high school, I decided to get involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I was a “Big” to a boy named David for about 3 years, and it was so fulfilling to see the positive impact that I was able to have on his life over that time span. I was raised the right way, and I was able to teach David those principles that I learned when I was young. Unfortunately, I had to stop being his “Big” when college started up, but ever since then I wanted to find something where I could help change people’s lives. I didn’t find anything until 2008, when I came across the opportunity to become a Beachbody Coach. I had gone through P90X a few months earlier, literally changed my own life, losing 25 lbs and 10% body fat and feeling the best I’ve ever felt before, and had developed a passion for health and fitness. Because I knew the program worked, I began recommending it to others and guiding them through the program. I guess I was already coaching people before I became an official Beachbody Coach, but during that time I finally felt that fulfillment that I had been missing ever since I stopped being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Shortly after, I decided to become a Beachbody Coach, not because I was looking for another business venture or to make a lot of money, but rather because I knew that I could really impact a lot of lives! Now, almost 3 and a half years later, I’m a full-time Beachbody Coach and have literally been able to help change thousands of peoples lives, and there is not a greater feeling than that. I can’t explain to you how unbelievable it feels whenever I get an email from someone telling me that if it wasn’t for me, they wouldn’t be where they are today, and that’s the reason I do what I do. You can’t replace that feeling with anything.

Why did I share that with you? Because there are so many people out there, especially now, that think that money can replace that feeling of fulfillment. I have noticed recently that many people will do anything to increase their wealth, even if it means sacrificing the health of the people that they are trying to “help” or getting involved with a company that completely lacks ethics and character. Changing lives means nothing to them, and their focus is to make as much money as quickly as possible. This makes me sick. People are sacrificing their integrity to increase their own well-being. There is no doubt that I have become very successful, but my mission all along as been to positively impact others’ lives, not to make money. Money cannot buy happiness! I would still do what I’m doing today if I made no money in this business, and that’s the honest to goodness truth. I would rather be poor and fulfilled than rich and empty inside. You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t feel great about the person you’ve become at the end of the day, then you’re not truly happy. I am seeing so many people strive for more and more money, change careers to go “where the money is,” but what they don’t understand is that when they finally get the money, they will still feel empty inside because they are not doing the right thing by helping others. They are leaving their integrity behind, focusing solely on themselves and their own monetary benefit, oblivious to what’s going on around them and the negative impact they are having on the people they are selling their products to. Disgusting, and these people should be ashamed of what they are doing.

I’m proud to be a Beachbody Coach. Why? Because Beachbody is a company of INTEGRITY, ETHICS, and do what they do to help end the trend of obesity, not make as much money as quickly as possible. Every one of the success stories that Beachbody releases is of someone getting results from their programs and products. They are legit. Also, you don’t see Beachbody hiring celebrities to get their product name out there. People know who and what Beachbody is because of the people who have gotten results from their products, TRUE success stories, not because they hired someone with a ton of followers to promote their products. I stand behind the products that I recommend because I know they work since I personally use them and have gotten results from them. I recommend Shakeology because it is the best and healthiest meal replacement on the market today, period, and I have seen so many lives be changed because of it. I wouldn’t be buying it every month for some of my family members if I thought otherwise. There are others out there that are “recommending” products that have hidden chemicals and fillers, just so that they can increase their wealth, and care nothing about what those chemicals and fillers are doing to the people they sell it to. My mission is to help people change their lives for the better, not become as wealthy as quickly as possible.

When I wake up in the morning, I’m proud of the person I see in the mirror. Even though I may have only had a small impact on the world at this point in my life, I am having a positive impact, am happy and fulfilled because I’m doing the right thing and living with integrity. That’s more than some people can say. When you look in the mirror, are you proud? Are you living with integrity?

 

One comment

  1. Great write-up Josh! TOTALLY agree with you on all of it and proud to be in this with you!

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