How to Get Non-Supportive Parents To Respect Your Work Ethic & Goal of Becoming A Personal Trainer or Gym Owner

I want to talk about overcoming the negative opinion of parent figures when growing your fitness business. This is a subject very close to my heart because it’s something that I struggled with massively when I started my first fitness business.

 

You might be new to the industry or have been in it for awhile. It doesn’t matter, what does matter is that you decided to take the plunge and start working for yourself. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to support you in this quest.

 

If you don’t have entrepreneurial parents, there is a high chance you have been subject to criticism and ridicule for starting your own business. You’ve maybe been told, it’s too risky, not sustainable when you get older and the public is a nightmare to work with.

 

They’re 100% right. Like anything in life, you’ll have good and bad days.

 

However, as an aspiring entrepreneur, the last thing you want is the people closest to you filling your head full of doubts and not giving you the support you need to build the business of your dreams.

 

Lack of parental support can serve as a huge distraction.Deep down, you know the 9-5 grind isn’t for you. You have the knowledge and passion to help others. Want to grow your wealth and live life on your own terms. But, you feel guilty for going against your parents’ wishes and secretly wish they would support you. In the long run, this can hold you back from pushing yourself and growing your business and ultimately leave you feeling isolated and frustrated.

 

I want to share with you three life lessons that I have found incredibly useful for helping me stay focused and pursue my entrepreneurial dreams, despite not having the full support of my parents.

 

IF YOUR PARENTS DON’T HAVE A BUSINESS OR RUN A BUSINESS IN A DIFFERENT INDUSTRY THERE IS A HIGH PROBABILITY THEY ARE IGNORANT TO THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

The first thing you need to realize is that your parents love you, don’t want to see you fail and are only seeing things according to their level of awareness. Your parents may not know a single thing about your industry, the advances in technology, marketing, sales, etc.

 

By default, they are going to promote the safest option, that being a bog standard nine to five, which guarantees a predictable level of income.  This is especially true if you have non-entrepreneurial parents. If your parents have grown up their entire life working a nine to five, they’re going to struggle to understand why you would want to run the risk of running your own business day.

 

Don’t let your parent’s ignorance hold you back. They are not in a position to give advice on an area they know nothing about.

 

LET YOUR PARENTS KNOW YOU’RE CHANGING LIVES AND MAKING A GOOD LIVING

Let your parents know that you’re impacting the lives of others and getting paid for it. Settle their nerves and let them know that you’re doing okay. Show them proof of your success and rest assure them you building your own independence.

 

Give back to your parents for all the stuff that they gave to you. Reward them. When you build momentum doing that, you will change their perception over time, but a large part of you has to have faith and belief in your vision and your mission and you have to have lots of self-confidence and self-belief. That’s why it’s so important that you surround yourself with  a like-minded peer group and learn from other people with like-minded goals.

 

LIVE LIFE ACCORDING TO YOUR VALUES. NOT YOUR PARENTS.

There’s nothing worse than dedicating your life to pleasing others. Many of us have been brought up with religious and societal constructs that condition us to obey our parents at all costs. While there is wisdom to be gained from listening to our peers.

 

What happens if your mother and father are not qualified to give business advice?

 

Should you just park up your business idea and settle for a
9-5?

 

When you dedicate your life to pleasing others you will never feel fulfilled.

 

When it comes to growing a great business, you have to make firm, authentic decisions that are in line with your personal values and nobody else’s. Any area of your life that you don’t control, somebody else will. I can’t think of anything worse than reaching the end of my life knowing I wasn’t true to myself and dedicated my life to following someone else’s orders. This can be a hard thing for many young, fitness entrepreneurs to grasp. Especially when you don’t have enough finance and you need your parents to help you get a leg up.

 

However, if you want it that bad, you will find a way and make it work. You need to respect your parents because they brought you up and deep down love you. However, if you have a business mission and vision that you know in your heart is going to help improve the world, pay you handsomely and allow you to enjoy every minute of your day, you’re 100% entitled to go all in!

 

I hope this inspired you. Take care.

 

 

 

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