A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Arnold Sports Festival here in Columbus, OH. Previously named the Arnold Classic, the event is home to one of bodybuilding’s biggest competitions.
I had the privilege of talking with the very first Arnold Classic winner, Rich Gaspari. Rich has won numerous bodybuilding awards including the Classic, Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and three time runner up Mr. Olympia. He is also the CEO of a multi-million dollar supplement company, Gaspari Nutriton.
“Make sure your words are planting seeds of success and greatness in your life.” Rich Gaspari
Rich recently wrote a book, 51 Days: No Excuses. As you may expect, it is complete with a diet and exercise program designed to transform your body. But it is much more than a book about the physical body. It is full of stories about overcoming obstacles and staying motivated.
Rich’s personal story is compelling as he overcame numerous obstacles to win competitions and then overcame different obstacles to form a success business.
‘He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.’ –Ben Franklin
Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
His story is for you if:
- You have ever been told, “You can’t do that.”
- You are looking to change yourself in 51 days.
- You have experienced rock bottom.
- You have felt disgust, anger or frustration.
- You have a dream and need a shot in the arm.
Success Begins on the Inside
One of my favorite quotes from his book:
“I still believe one of the most important choices is how we treat others. What good does it do you to build a huge muscular, impressive body if you are small and underdeveloped on the inside? I’ve always felt that success begins on the inside and reaching our true potential gets blocked when we are small-spirited.” –Rich Gaspari
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave nor took any excuse.” -Florence Nightingale