When I was 30 years old I had put on an additional 40 pounds since I graduated high school. I was married, had three children and working full time but was unhappy with how I had let my physical condition deteriorate. This active, athletic and generally happy man was starting to feel discouraged. I had big goals and dreams to accomplish but felt stuck in my current situation. I was too young to be in a rut and wanted to, no, I NEEDED to get out of it.
I had big goals, but the big goals just seemed so far out of reach at the time. On top of that I didn't feel good with all the extra weight I was carrying around. I even had a "Dicky Do!" You know, a stomach that stuck out farther than my dicky do. Something needed to change.
I started a diet and exercise program which was not easy at first. I had trouble running to the end of the block! But, each day I was able to go just a little bit farther and as I watched what I fed my body, I slowly began to feel better. I had better blood flow, stamina and energy to do the things I really wanted to do like play with my children and earn an MBA.
It was the small little goal of getting in shape that kick started my transformation. It dawned on me that I wasn't doing well, because I wasn't feeling well. As soon as I started feeling better, I started doing better. Then, I decided to sign up and complete a 5k race. Holy!
It was tough, but I finished. I didn't win, but I did get a medal and a t-shirt that acted as reminders that I had set a goal and finished it. That was the start. Now, 20 years and 20 full MARATHONS later, I still feel great and I'm looking for the next mountain to climb. That next mountain includes YOU!
You see, I want to encourage other men that they too can change their situation right where they are. It doesn't take some guru or million dollar program, what it takes is you to see yourself as what you know you can be. Why start with exercise? Because exercise is one of those things that will transform your entire life. You will start to feel better, sleep better and be better.
Just like a baseball or football player has a uniform, Big Boyz Shorts are the uniform for men that have big goals and who want to encourage others to be all they can be as well. If I can do it, you can to. Don't believe me? Test it. In fact, the next time you see a 5k, or 10k or marathon, go to the finish line and watch the people completing that race. Don't get there early either. You don't need to see the "gazelles" who finish first and fast. Get there an hour after the winners crossed the finish line and witness firsthand who completes these races.
They are the courageous ones who gutted it out. They are the ones who had no business running the race and finished it anyway. You too will say, "If HE did it, well I certainly can do it too." You are ultimately not competing with anybody but yourself. Be better than you were yesterday and be better again tomorrow. Do it for yourself, your family, your grandchildren, your community, your employer, your employees, for whomever, but just do it.
On those days when you may not feel great or even a little depressed, you can always look back at your medal, put on your t-shirt and remember that you accomplished a significant goal, and you can do it again. Then, put on your Big Boyz Shorts, go take a hike and remind yourself that you still have what it takes!
Risks and challenges
Having a quality and reliable supply chain to meet product demand and deadlines within budget will be the biggest risk. Although I have manufacturing and start up experience with laboratory equipment, this is my first project in the highly competitive athletic wear market. I plan on outsourcing every aspect of the business except for design and marketing, so finding and developing reliable strategic partners will be a challenge initially and then again once the ramp up stage commences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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