What is FSD?
The name of this brand and podcast was created to convey an image of the goals I personally have and wish to pass on to my son: to be fit (mentally and physically), to be successful (in business), and to be the best dad possible (the word “successful” carries over to this part of the name as well).
Allow me to explain in more detail…
FIT: It is my personal belief that continued success in anything is only really achieved and sustained with a strong foundation behind it. I consider this foundation the fitness level of someone’s mind and body, and the unity of the two. I often wondered what is the best tactical way to grow and strengthen my mind and body, and after much trial and error I eventually found a way that worked for me. Through all of this trial and error I also found that there are many strategies that successful people use to maintain mental fitness as well as physical fitness. Which way is the best way? The way that works for the person performing it. However, above all else, the one thing I have found to be true for all of ALL those people that I have researched, interviewed and casually spoken to is that there is an emphasis put on the importance of keeping their health levels in check and staying as fit as possible.
SUCCESSFUL: People interpret the word “successful” in many different ways. I consider success to be achieved when someone sets out to accomplish something that is not altogether simple or easy, then treks down a path that is not necessarily clear in direction, but ultimately creates a way to achieve that objective. It is my opinion that success does not have to come in the form of financial wealth, possessions, or more credentials to hang on the wall. These things are nice, and can be signs of success, but I find that true success can be measured in many other ways, such as:
a) How many stranger’s lives have been positively and immediately impacted by your actions?
b) Is there anyone who is living a better life as a result of having spent some time around you?
c) Have you changed the world in some way that will improve the lives of others at some point down the road?
You see, like many other people before me, I believe that if you truly want to make the world better and create something to improve the lives of others, you will be rewarded. This does not mean that you can pretend to have this mindset or create it falsely, it has to be real and genuine. Consumers and onlookers will see through someone’s fake generosity. If (and when) you genuinely put other people first, and the majority of your energy goes towards that aspect of your business, you will immediately notice the positive side effects and subsequent rewards that come with it.
What is the fastest way to get yourself to having this mindset of “giving” as opposed to “getting”? The method that worked for me was having access to a mentor and being part of a mastermind.
I paid money to gain entry to a mastermind that has re-created my thinking structure to a point where I legitimately am a different person than before I started. I can barely remember how I was wired before entering that mastermind. The reason is because I have surrounded myself with people that are driven, and focused on being successful. Having this type of environment around me day in and day out has caused me to think this way, and only this way. The result of now thinking at this higher level is that I have created 3 businesses, launched a podcast, have a social media presence, sell physical products, and have begun crafting an audience that is interested in the unique content that I produce.
DAD: The number one thing in my life that keeps me driving forward in everything that I do is my son, Hunter. Him (and my wife) are the filters through which I make nearly all of my decisions. Entrepreneurs and business owners often talk about finding your “why” in life regarding creating something new and launching a new business or product. Well, my family is my “why”. I am fascinated with the techniques and methods that people use to raise their children, and I have always wondered how entrepreneurs accomplish this task while also starting and running successful businesses.
FSD was really created for 2 reasons:
1) To find a way to tap into the minds of successful entrepreneurial parents and dissect their practices in order to understand how they achieve the results that they are getting in both business and parenting. We all know the difference between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’. I think the same can be said about a ‘parent’ and a ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. A parent will keep their child alive, get them to school, give them the necessities in life, and put some effort into hard-coding societal rules into them. A ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ will be there day in and day out, teaching them the things they won’t learn in school, showing them the world, giving them experiences, and preparing them for life. Successful entrepreneurs often raise their kids this way, while running their own businesses, and FSD was created to explore how they do this.
2) To create a community of parents who have an entrepreneurial spirit. I believe that creating this environment for people will produce a mastermind-like group where people can learn, grow, develop and advance their state of “normal” to a level where they are thinking and taking action like the entrepreneur and creator that they want to be. No one gets to the top without the help of others, and with a strong community of like-minded people, we can help each other achieve the things we are passionate about.