Welcome back to episode five of Tizi Talks with Philip Guya. For those who are coming across this series for their first time, I'll give you a bit of some background. I discovered at an early point of my life that many people who are successful attributed their path of hard work to fitness. Not only do they appreciate the importance of their well being, but they apply the disciplines of fitness to their businesses and career paths. When you go to the gym or start any physical activity, your goal is to be stronger and there are rules you have to abide by to get your results; these include hard work, consistency, and discipline.
Tizi Talks therefore illustrates the correlation of fitness and success by sharing fitness stories of people thriving in various sectors ranging from corporate to creatives. After talking to Philip about this initiative, he was elated about the opportunity to inspire others to start their fitness journey!
Meet Philip, an entrepreneur on a journey serve the universe; as he likes to describe himself. At the age of 25, he runs and manages a startup called Uvind; an internet based company as well as a software solutions and digital marketing solutions company. The company partners with you to drive your business outcomes with great software, functional mobile applications and innovative digital marketing. Philip also shares a passion for motorcross with his younger brother Ivan Guya and together they have won championships in a number of races. His passion saw him being approached by other families to coach their children and decided to make it a side business. His brother Ivan remains his biggest motivator with regards to hard work, ambition and attitude towards life. Seeing how hard he has been working both on the company and his fitness, I had to hear his story and hopefully inspire you to start or stick to your fitness journey.
Philip and his brother Ivan
TIZI: How long have you been working out?
PG: To be honest I can't tell exactly how long I have been working out. As a kid I just loved the activities that didn’t involve being in a class room. The only lesson we didn’t have in a class room was PE (Physical Education). So naturally, I was always active. I think I have been working out my whole life.
TIZI: What made you start?
PG: When I joined high school, I fell in love with basketball and took it very seriously. Although it never happened, I wanted to give myself a chance of becoming a professional. As I kept on playing I had to get stronger for the games; so that led me into the gym when I was 15 years old. My basketball dream didn’t go as planned but when I stopped playing, my time in the gym doubled and my attention shifted. I think I started working out seriously because I wanted to be strong and get into good shape. Of course there is more to it than looking good but I got a lot of satisfaction by seeing myself getting stronger and looking better.
TIZI: Do you feel like it has made a difference in your life? If yes, how so?
PG: Yes, there is a difference. Everyday there is a difference. Apart from continuously building my confidence, I get to apply the disciplines into other parts of my life. I get to really improve the intelligence I value the most, which is emotional intelligence. The patience, the pain, the different emotions you get when you have pain running through your body, are much similar to the ones we get when running a business. My workout life can be replicated to my day to day life/business life. I believe that “how you do anything is how you do everything”. My results can only be matched with how much discomfort I’m willing to put myself through. This applies in everything I do.
PG: Another difference is, I have also noticed people are drawn to have conversations with you when you workout (or at least when you have a bit of the body results that they desire for themselves). Just from working out and having results, opportunities have come my way which I am very very humbled and grateful for. I get to form brilliant strong relationships with amazing people. It has just created a positive ripple effect around me that I am thankful for everyday. You get to inspire a few people to live a healthier better life and to join you in a positive journey.
TIZI: Can you please take me through your daily routine on a weekday? And the weekend?
PG: A normal weekday would begin between 6a.m- 7a.m and end at midnight. I sleep for about 7 hours on average. Most of my days are spent on building the startup company; from executing client projects to seeking new clients, to helping out the team and solving situations individually. On some days, I take time in the afternoon to coach Motocross and hit the gym in the evenings from about 7:30p.m to 9:30p.m. Sometimes I work a little more before I go to bed. My Saturdays would begin at 9am. I would spend the morning coaching motocross I would then hit the gym in the late afternoon. Most Saturday evenings would be spent finishing up on work that was unfinished during the week and a few others would be spent going out with a few friends. Sundays are a lot like my Saturdays except I would take a break from working out.
TIZI: Do you find it difficult to include your workout in your daily routine?
PG: Not really because I have made it a priority. Somedays I get too busy to make it to the gym but I always make up for it.
TIZI: What keeps you motivated?
PG: The first thing that keeps me motivated is being an example to others. It feels good to inspire and help someone improve their well-being through working out. It also feels great when kids want to be physically strong because they saw you. On the flip side, it gives me great pleasure to see my haters bleed through their hearts just by seeing my progress. I absolutely love it.
TIZI: What can you advise people who want to start their fitness journey?
PG: I have five tips that have worked for me:-
- Apart from thinking how good it would feel to cut your haters hearts out with your progress, think about how good it will feel to inspire somebody to live a life like yours. Especially if that person is a child;
- Think of how good you will look with clothes on and without clothes on;
- JUST START. Don’t think about starting. Just start. The more you think about it, the more you’ll ponder on it;
- Be VERY VERY VERY PATIENT. Don’t expect results to come too quick. Rome wasn’t built in a day; and
- Have fun.
Philip highlights that going to the gym has not only helped him be strong and healthy, but it has built his emotional intelligence. He continues to appreciate that without the pain and patience, he would not be where he is today. When you focus on the bigger picture of anything that contributes to your self-development such as fitness and become dedicated to it, the same disciplines will automatically spill into other aspects of your life. And most importantly, have fun with it! :)
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Yours in Wellness,