Win, Win, Win No Matter What

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by Karl Gellert No Comments

Pictured: Karl and Rachel's Relationship

I’m going to be honest with you – I generally don’t love motivational quotes/posts/videos. In fact, I usually just roll my eyes, especially at the super lame fitness or “hustle” ones. I’m genuinely curious if one day, someone decided they weren’t going to work out, work on their business, or do whatever and then saw an Instagram post, black and white picture of course, about “hard work not working unless you work hard” and decided to do whatever they weren’t going to do.

I just can’t see it. But hey, who knows.

What I do love is seeing people who I respect doing awesome things and motivating me to raise my game.

No negativity here. I will do everything in my power to help and promote people who I respect/admire until the cows come home. But I want to compete. I want them to get better so I have be better. It brings out my A-game and this is when I’m happiest (or sometimes the most frustrated…). If you ever find that perfect gym partner who challenges you and brings out your best (good luck. It’s harder than finding a wife), you’ll know exactly what I mean.

On the other side of the pendulum, what I really, really don’t like is the mindset of putting down others, blaming things, holding grudges, thinking you’re smarter than other people etc. I hate to call it a “losers” mentality, bu

t I think that’s what it is and honestly, it turns me off of a person almost instantly.

“They’re just lucky”

“Must be nice”

“It’s just great genetics”

“They just woke up with a six-pack and decided to be a trainer, they don’t know anything!”

Now I’m not going to sit here and lie to you, telling you that I’ve never said anything negative about someone else. Quite frankly, there’s a few (well known) trainers and businesses that I don’t really agree with or respect. But they can do whatever they want because I don’t care. I mean that in the nicest way too – I truly don’t care. They can sell all the “fit tea” and jade eggs they want because, at the end of the day, that’s their decision and they live with that.

Having said that, I do think it probably would be hard pretty hard to turn down tens of thousands of dollars to promote said “fit teas”, so I’m somewhat understanding. Unfortunately for me, no one is going to pay me to promote jade eggs.

I want to be better at what I do. I want to help other people, help you, get better. Whether that’s your squat, sharing an idea, or improving your Star Wars knowledge. I’m doing a disservice to myself and to you if I’m trying to tell you how Rachel is only a Padawan while I’m a Master Jedi and so much more in tune with the force than her. Even though I am. Truth hurts Rachel.

It’s weak. It’s a sad way of living and it makes me lose respect for a person.

Here’s the thing – if someone else can do a thing, you probably can too. No, you’re probably not going to turn into Lebron James or become the next Mark Zuckerberg or become the World’s Strongest Man. Each of these people has gifts, things they specifically are good at, and you probably do too. Though I just read Mark is taking classes to “appear more human” so you probably have that over him.

Maybe say, making chairs, isn’t as high profile as playing NBA basketball, but it’s a thing. Why can’t you learn from someone who’s making chairs better than you? Find a thing. Anything at all that interests you and do the best you can at that thing. Maybe it’s not for you, maybe you fall flat on your face. Maybe you hate it and try something else. You never know where life is going to lead you, how skills from one field transfer into another.

Someone (it was my mom. I wanted to sound like I had friends) just told me about a woman who started out in Kinesiology and now after various twists and turns ended up starting and running a small business selling local cheese, and is quite successful. That’s ridiculous but awesome. Last time I was on a plane (coming back from seeing my mom. Dammit) the lady beside me told me how her daughter was a personal trainer, didn’t like it and is now an airplane pilot.

Grow. Evolve. Try shit! Help others do the same thing. It’s one reason I train people for a living. You think it’s fun or glamorous to teach someone how to squat 8 years in?

What is fun and what I love is seeing them “get it”. When they no longer squat looking like a hot mess with a barbell on their back. The first time they squat 95lb, 135lb, 225lb. When they do something they didn’t think they could.

If there’s a better, faster, safer way to teach that squat that another trainer knows, why wouldn’t I want that? Why wouldn’t I want to be friends/collaborators/secret lovers with them?


Or as friends. Whatever.


It took me a long time to realize that I’m actually not smarter than anyone (especially the person who edits my blogs, Erin, who’s definitely 100% way smarter than me). I might know different things than them, but I’m sure they know something I don’t too (except about Star Wars. That’s foolish).

Hopefully this isn’t too “rah-rah” because I’m not really one for all the “you’re unique and special” self talk, or compliment sandwiches, or all the other feel good stuff that goes around. But why can’t you do something? Seriously ask yourself, “why not me?” You might think you’re not that special but here’s the secret: no one else really does either. Try things anyway.

I want to write awesome blogs and Instagram posts, I want to come up with cool workouts for people, I want to meet and help new people and most of all, I want to get better. I love seeing other people crushing it because it makes me want to up my game.

So, whether or not I know you in the real life or on the interwebs, I want the same for you. I never want to see you putting down other people, blaming others, or giving stupid excuses of why someone is doing better than you. Be better than that.

Build yourself up, don’t put others down. Come from a place of confidence. Be an asset to society, not someone who only cares about themselves. And that’s my 20 cents.

It’s 20 cents because it’s bigger and better than yours. Boom!


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