I have heard before a quote that is something like “The difference between who you are now and who you’ll be in 5 years is the people you meet and the books you read.”

What am I reading?
On the plane to Tampa I re-read one of my favorite books: The Spiritual Journey of Joseph L. Greenstein-The Mighty Atom. I have only had it a few months and have read it 5 times now. It is hard to get ahold of, I got mine from Grandmaster Strongman Dennis Rogers. He only had 12 copies. They were autographed by the author Ed Speilman. I got 2 and gave one as a gift.

As a professional strongman in Vaudeville before the Great Depression, the Atom would routinely pull cars with his hair, bite thru chains and nails and bend steel as a part of his act. There are several quotes of worth in the book, but one that always jumps out at me from the Atom is “Imagine a new kind of man….A man without learned limits….” He harnessed the mental and physical potential the he had inside him.

What company am I keeping?
While in Tampa, I was surrounded by some of the sharpest minds in the fitness business for our Mastermind meeting. Jayson Hunter, Jim Labadie, Nick Berry, Pat Rigsby, Jason C Brown and Pamela MacElree and several others.

One of the participants was my friend Brian Grasso, head of the International Youth Conditioning Association. Brian has removed many of his own learned limits in both his personal and professional life. I am looking forward to working with him in June 2009 at the RKC Level Two certification. He has learned to create a vision and then make it into a reality. And he was just one of the 17 people I spent the past 2 days with.

All of them are already successful.

All of them are looking to learn more and improve what they do.

All of them understand that the only limitation is the one you allow yourself to believe.

What are you reading? What company do you keep?