See the Tigers in Your Life for What They Are


I was walking my dog the other day and out of nowhere a tiger jumped out from behind the bushes and tried to attack us. Coco is a 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier, so the tiger was no match, but it’s mentally draining to be on high alert because of the constant dangers of the outside world.

OK, I may have embellished that story slightly. The tiger may have been the neighbor’s cat that actually ran away, and Coco probably only weighs about 5 pounds, but the rest of it is dead on accurate.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mike Blesdoe and Markus Gerszi of Barbell Business. My aspirations for the interview: Avoid the stock questions and hit them with a Tim Ferriss intellect and the conversational coolness of a Joe Rogan. I would provide them untold value in the article I subsequently wrote and leave them wanting more. I envisioned an invite out to San Diego for a mobility session of clubs and maces followed by shooting the shit over mushroom tea.

What does walking my dog and and high hopes for an interview have anything to do with each other? The over manifestation of fears and perfect scenario expectations leaves our ancestral danger eversion instincts to run wild. This coupled with a healthy dose of ego preservation can lead to paralysis and subpar performance. The two together is a recipe for anxiety, stagnation and lack of fulfillment. The same feelings many Box owners struggle with on a daily basis. Maybe not because of tigers or an interview, but you can fill in the blanks.

So here’s how my day goes. First the tiger thing happens with my dog, I fuck up the scheduling with my wife, and I end up doing the phone interview from the front seat of my wife’s minivan in the parking lot of my 2-year old’s daycare. I’m in a less than positive mental place and have just enough time to do the interview, and then get in and grab my daughter before they send her to the room where all the kids have to go when their overscheduled parents forget to pick them up. Nothing catastrophic, but mix in a little self-imposed fear and a dash of ego preservation and I’ve created a scenario that seems worse than it is.

So here we go, first question: “Tell me me about Barbell Logic.” I can hear Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!” Not a stupid question, but also not one of the Ferriss or Rogan caliber questions I had envisioned. Markus and Mike go into a brilliant description of what Barbell Logic does and how it has helped so many Affiliate owners. If you want the details, I highly recommend a discover session; they will walk you through it.

The interview continues, and my fears and egos start to slip away and the conversation hits its stride. I believe this to be something that naturally occurs when talking with Mike Bledsoe. His Zen-like manor and personal vulnerability have a calming effect. We explored how the key to success in business and life is the ever pursuit of personal growth. To grow we must face our fears, control our egos, and put attacks by tigers and minivan van interviews into perspective.

It becomes apparent that when working with Barbell Business, you aren’t just buying their products; you are them. They have collective journeys of pushing through the hardships, striping down their egos and starting a journey of growth. The intangibles that have made their team so successful will be the key to your success, not only in business but in your life.  Personal self-growth and transformation, along with the desire to instill the same in others, is the secret sauce to their success and your own. The magic isn’t solely in the software, the automation or the operations. You are getting their collective knowledge and drive for personal growth that the Barbell Shrugged enterprise has been founded on.

See the tigers in your life as what they are — just cats. Turn your minivan into the ultimate sound studio with heated seats and back seat multimedia center. Use uncomfortable as a sign of growth and something to run toward and not away from. Make a paradigm shift to making comfortable the enemy. Growth only occurs through pressure, the same pressure that creates diamonds. Be a diamond, not a lump of coal. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, squash your fears, brush your ego aside and then give Barbell Logic a shot. Make the investment into a Mastermind or really dive deep into the personal coaching they are getting ready to launch. These are all field-tested systems, and as long as you are open to the journey, growth of your business and life are guaranteed to follow.

Eric Karls is a founder of CrossFit 859 in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He also helped open CrossFit Fisticuffs in Georgetown, Kentucky, and is the founder/supervisor of Georgetown College CrossFit. Eric can be followed on his personal Facebook or contacted at