I am somewhere between Singapore and Japan on a 7 hour ANA flight, after this I will be on a 13 hour flight from Japan to Washington DC. Then I will make one more flight from Washington DC to Raleigh, North Carolina. Don’t know where that is? You might need to look it up. A total of 25 hours travel and this is the… 6th time I have done this year. I woke up at 3am, my flight was at 6:30, so why 3 am? Because I needed enough time to answer emails before I left. Let me try to remember, there was one to a video production company based in California on a project I am working on to help launch one of our newest brands we sell, Iron Gear Nutrition. There was two replies to customers asking to change delivery dates, I had one to the freight company to remove the latest container from my warehouse, one to the warehouse to ensure orders are going out today, another to a supplier in the USA authorizing a ship date for a container, one more to a wholesale customer in need of their goods, and a message to my parents to tell them I’m boarding soon.
Why tell you this? To talk about how busy I am? No. To tell you how much I love what I do. I love being a business owner, and I love waking up at 3am. The truth is I checked my phone every hour last night, eager to wake up and see what problems I can solve today. This business is not something that was given to me, but it is something that can be taken away in a blink of an eye. I never forgot how fortunate I am, but there are those times where the stress is all consuming. Finding a “work-life” balance is not reality, reality is knowing that the balance is never going to be there.
I’ve been told my blogs are too business related, and that I do not focus enough on nutrition, for this I am sorry, but frankly, I do not write for this reason. I write to express, I write to inspire, and I write to those dreamers out there who are searching for that spark in their own life, and who are driven by their own ambitions. If you want nutrition facts, maybe these will come later but by someone with much more knowledge of the field then me.
So lets talk business! It has been a while since I have posted anything, and there is no excuse for this other then I only write when I am inspired. Sitting on this plane watching the sun come up over this part of the world which most of my friends back home know nothing about, is inspirational to say the least. There are so many opportunities to grow and spread the GymShack name here, and growing is what we are doing. We have recently switched warehouses… again. We are now in a much bigger place, check out Instagram for the pictures. We now have more room to expand, more drivers to deliver, and more staff to help. My main goal this trip was to secure warehousing and iron out some issues we have had with the transition. You may also have noticed we are running more promos now! This is not for any other reason then I am focusing on it and it is a serious part of our strategy. You will also see our marketing channels pick up, images look better, emails are more professional and communication is more interactive. You will also notice that stock will be more readily available, with shorter if any wait times between shipments. In terms of expanding to new products, we will only do this once the stock position is stable as new products take time, money, and risk. I can’t release too much information in fear that my competitors read my posts, but what I can say is that this company is evolving. Evolving into something that takes the best resources from my home in the USA in terms of service, technology, video, and logistics and brings it to your home in Singapore.
As always, I need to thank all of you for your continued support. From those customers back when the site was a black background, and our product range was small, to those who are not customers but are still reading this. It is you guys who we serve and who we measure our success, not by our bottom line. I have gotten many emails from supporters, who believe in what we are doing as a company, and as a philosophy in business, and I want to thank you.
This is for those of you who have found your passion already and are working daily to perfect it, and those are still searching. Whether it is business, art, engineering, construction, design, anything, know that you are not alone in your search for something greater then yourself. Whether you are a CEO or a janitor, work hard, be respectful, and appreciate what you have, your dedication will not go unnoticed and you will have your day.
Owner and Founder