When Ryan McFadyen told me he had been ousted out of his space for months, my jaw dropped.
I remember meeting the owner of Ohio Strength at the 2017 Box Pro Leadership Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The situation he described to me in the latest episode of Box Talk had been going on right around that time. I had no idea he was in such a struggle until he revealed it on the podcast.
And yet, he proceeded to share how beneficial coming to the Summit was. Sure, it was during the most stressful business-year of his life — they ran an entire gym out of two shipping containers in a church parking lot for a couple months — and yet he was still pouring into himself. He still wanted to learn and grow. He wasn’t ready to give up yet.
I know being an Affiliate isn’t easy. I’ve talked with enough, seen enough, to know it can be a real grind and a real struggle. But to hear how one owner had gone through so much and has come out stronger because of it was encouraging.
In the end, whether your business year has sucked or not, you’re still impacting lives. People are still growing in your gym and finding a better quality of life. You are still making a difference in this big world of ours, even as the crap hits the fan.
I think the key here is response and perspective. You can’t always control what happens to your business; McFadyen thought he had done his due diligence in zoning research. But when the inspector walked in that fateful day, everything changed. However, he chose how to respond to the situation to keep his business afloat, to keep his members happy.
Sure, he admitted some members left. Some of his Coaches left as well. However, after it was all said and done, he has a core group of staff and members who have been through a trial with him. I think often we need to go through the fire — your members included — to appreciate what we have.
Take a listen to the episode with McFadyen. Be encouraged you’re not alone. Learn from his response. And realize the positive impact you are having.