There are no accidents in life ...
Andrew Jobling started out as a passionate but clueless footballer. With a vision of and obsession about a long and lucrative professional football career in mind, little time was left to consider other insignificant things in life … reading, academics and education.
After being beaten around the head many times and in pain for most of his football career he decided to launch into in the health & fitness industry. After all the abuse he received from heartless fitness trainers in his professional sporting career, it was payback time! He has spent almost 30 years passionate about helping people with their health and wellbeing.
In 2002 he made, what appeared to be, an illogical and irrational decision. At the time he was running two businesses, working 15 hour days and 7 days per week. He had a personal training business that was putting money into his bank account and café that was taking it straight back out again.
Nevertheless, with no qualifications, background, ability or time he decided to write a book!
With a powerful message he wanted to convey, committing small pockets of time to writing each day and with a strong desire to get it done, two years later Andrew was holding his first book Eat Chocolate Drink Alcohol and be Lean & Healthy in his hands. He is still puzzled but immensely grateful as to how it actually happened. He has since gone to write four published books (with two more coming in 2016) and three e-books.
That seemingly accidental decision catapulted his career into a completely different direction and put him on a wonderful path as an author, speaker and author mentor. He now passionately spends his time writing, speaking and helping people all around the world to believe that, no matter how unlikely something may seem, with desire, decision and daily action ... anything is possible!.
Andrew jokes that he is an Accidental Author, but the truth is he believes that, whilst some things are unlikely, there really are no accidents in life;
‘We create our destiny by dreaming bigger than most people would think reasonable, by believing in ourselves more than most people would think sensible, by making decisions that most people would think illogical and continuing to act way beyond the point that most people would have given up.'
Andrew's Blog ... the question is; can a footballer write?
I don't know about you, but this doesn't look like an author and writer to me ... or most people!
Andrew loves writing! This would sound strange to anyone who knew his his background ... it certainly wouldn't suggest that a literary career would be on the cards. He was a typical footballer with an typical attitude towards reading & education ... a waste of hours between each opportunity to play sport! He truly is an accidental author, writer and blogger!
He is passionate about helping others and through writing he feels able to reach more people. His books & blog posts are all about helping people see, believe and fulfill more of the amazing potential they have ... that means you too! There is incredible possibility & potential in every person and there is an amazing impact through the power of written word.
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Laura and I have just had an amazing week in New York, exploring the big apple, and in New Jersey, spending some time with my sister and brother-in-law. As I write this week’s blog, I’m sitting on an Amtrak train heading from Princeton, New Jersey to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the next exciting installment of our USA adventure. New York is an incredible city and, in five days, we packed in as much as we could. We ate hotdogs in Central Park, Peking Duck in China Town, shopped on Fifth Ave, experienced the Thanksgiving parade, got emotional at Ground Zero, saw the Empire State Building from many angles, caught a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and learned a very valuable lesson in the process … to go with the flow!
Over the few days we were there we got pretty good at using the NYC subway system … or so we thought. On our last day in New York we wanted to head down and see Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, so we did our research and headed out for our subway experience. After about 15 minutes we came out of the tunnel and into the light of day … pretty quickly I realised we were on a bridge over water, heading out of Manhattan, away from the place we wanted to go and towards Brooklyn.
Laura and I have just had an amazing week in Hawaii. As I write this week’s blog, I’m sitting at the Honolulu airport waiting for our flight to New York. It’s been a wonderful week of fun, beauty, inspiration, indulgence, more indulgence and … we are definitely leaving with more vision and bigger dreams. As I’m sure you would expect, I spent the week – in addition to enjoying the bountiful pleasures of Hawaii - looking for signs, lessons and messages that I could share with you in my blog. It came from an unexpected place at an unexpected time and was absolutely an unexpected topic … my undies!
You’re probably not that excited to hear about my undies …but I believe they have provided a very powerful lesson. It all started one morning when Laura and I got up early and went for a long walk along the Waikiki beach. When we got as far as we could walk, we looked back to see how far we’d come … at that moment we were very grateful for the beautiful location we’d found ourselves and the decisions we’d made to get there. I then looked out to sea and saw some sort of breakwater about fifty metres out.
Great American football coach, Vince Lombardi said, ‘the only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.’ I love that quote because it is so true … even though a little intimidating. I mean w-o-r-k is a nasty four-letter-word in many cultures … right? So, for everyone intimidated by the thought of work, I want to add part two to this quote … ‘once the success is achieved the work to get there never seems that hard.’
As I write this I’m sitting next to Laura on an Hawaiian Airlines flight 452 bound for Honolulu … for a week in Hawaii then a further three weeks in the USA. We are excited! Even more so because the Hawaii part of the journey is a reward trip for our business … we have one week, all expenses paid for us, to enjoy the beautiful Islands of Waikiki and Maui. Let me just tell you … there was plenty of work required to achieve it!
Here's to thecrazy ones. The Rebels. The misfits. The trouble makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Becasue they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
I love it! It was originally quoted by Rob Siltanen and then narrated by Steve Jobs, along with an inspiring video and accompanying music, as an advert for Apple’s ‘Think Differently’ message in 1997. Look around you. Look at the world. Look at the mind-blowing developments, inventions, buildings, artwork, businesses, technology and achievements … where did they come from? Each incredible accomplishment started as an idea … maybe even a crazy idea!
‘It’s no big deal … no-one will ever know.’ Have you ever said that to yourself and then gone on to do something that you would never do if you knew someone was watching? You probably wouldn’t pick your nose when someone was watching! I’m sure you wouldn’t make a rude face at someone if they were looking directly at you … even if they did annoy you. You would be crazy to drive above the speed limit … if there was a police car immediately behind you. There is no doubt that you would never take something that didn’t belong to you … if the person who owned it was watching. The irony of this mindset which, many people have, is that … there is always someone watching. You think you get away with it but, believe me … you never ever do.
I have to say I’ve received a disturbing number of speeding fines over the last few months. It is very annoying and at times I’m tempted to ring up the authorities and vent. I want to yell at them and say … ‘if you spend the same amount of effort chasing real criminals as you did sending me speeding fines for driving only a few kmph over the speed limit … there would be no crime!!’ But then I stop myself and realise that I’m actually a criminal myself … yikes!
Success in any area of life can seem like a long way from where you currently are. We often think success is for the lucky, the talented, the skilled, the educated, the confident, the well-connected, the attractive and the people in the right place at the right time. We then then assume we are not good enough to have that same type of success for ourselves. Well, are you ready for an exciting fact? Success is not necessarily for any of the people I’ve listed above. It’s for just one type of person, and that type of person we all can be … success is for the copy-cats!
What do I mean by that? Let me try to explain by sharing this example … there is a great couple I know who have inspired me with the results they achieved with their health and wellbeing. Between them they have lost about 50kg and, when they talk about how they did it, they are inadvertently teaching one of the most powerful lessons and laws of success. The story is that the the wife was the one who wanted to lose weight and so she started a fabulous wellness program called HealthPointe. The husband, wanting to support his wife, decided he would do exactly what she did to make life easier for them both.
There are only a few things in life that we can be 100% certain of … some you may know and others you may not. We can be certain that the sun will come up tomorrow. We can be certain that, at some point, our time on earth will be over. We can be certain we are in total control of our destiny. We can be certain that, no matter how optimistic we are, there will be challenges, problems and adversity. We can be certain that the decisions we make in times of adversity will change generations!
Now you may or may not believe all of those certainties, but I would ask you to trust me … if you do, your life is about to get better and it will continue to do so. I think we can all agree that no-one is immune to challenges and adversity. What you may not know is that you are in total control of … your attitude towards, decision about and action you take as a result of the adversity.
didn’t know that what I did. I was an unlikely athlete and I am an accidental author. The only reason I pursued a professional football career was not because I believed I could … it was that I didn’t know I couldn’t. When the decision came to write my first book … what I knew was enough to stop me. Why I went ahead anyway was because I didn’t know I couldn’t. Do you know what I mean? I guess the message is … stop over-thinking!
I attended an amazing conference last weekend and one of the speakers talked about an Australian legend … the late Cliff Young. He was born in 1922, grew up on a sheep farm and so naturally became a farmer. It was not an unusual event for Cliff to run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep … wearing gumboots!
There’s a new series on Australia TV at the moment called ‘Todd Sampson’s Body Hack’. I’d seen a few of the commercials and was intrigued, so I decided to watch the first episode. The series is based on this guy, Todd Sampson, who decides to push his body and mind to the limit to see what he’s capable of … I love this stuff. In the first episode he sets himself the goal of lasting at least one round in the ring with a professional MMA fighter … with only 2 weeks to prepare! He is not young, and he is no athlete so this was an incredibly tough and seemingly unreasonable aspiration.
What I enjoyed most about this episode was that Todd knew he was way out of his depth, totally unconditioned and that it was a highly unlikely ambition … but he was going to give it a go anyway. He set his mind to achieve the end result, found some very successful people to train him, decided to do whatever it took and opened his mind to what was about to happen. Within a few minutes of his first session, his body and mind were radically expanded as his sparred with a professional who slapped him around pretty seriously.