Community, Saying Yes, and Business Success

Today I bring you a guest post from my good friend, Todd Bumgardner. He came through with great content at the perfect time, as I spent my day shoveling snow and wrestling with my two little guys who were home from school thanks to the weather. Enjoy!


Screw it. Let’s do it.”

That’s the text that Kirk Adams sent to PJ Strebel when he said yes to teaching a golf-training seminar at PJ’s gym in New Hampshire—verbatim.

PJ wanted to expand his reach locally into the golf market, and he knew he wanted to challenge himself to a public speaking event in 2017. Even though New England seasons aren’t the most welcoming to golfers, there are still a lot of them that live in and around Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where PJ trains his clients at Seacoast Sports Club.

Kirk, the handsome devil that he is, is the Director of Fitness at New York Golf and Body in Manhattan. It’s essentially a golf country club perched above the NYC streets, and Kirk spends a lot of time there helping golfers make their bodies strong and resilient enough to improve performance and stay healthy out on the course.

(Before we go on, PJ is also handsome. He’s also bald, which earns him some extra points with me.)

Both of the guys had been in Strength Faction for a while, using the resources to grow themselves and their businesses, and had chatted on QnAs and in our open forum. Then, at a Strength Faction event that we co-hosted with the CFSC, Kirk and PJ actually met in person for the first time—and it’s like they were already good buddies with old battle stories that they could tell about each other.


So, when PJ wanted to get in front of golfers, and grow his golf business, he knew that he had someone he could count on in Kirk. PJ knew that Kirk knows his shit and he knows what kind of human being is—that’s the value of being connected to other great people in a great community.

At first, Kirk was reluctant. He wasn’t sure if he’d do it. A little imposter syndrome crept in and got him thinking about all of the barriers to entry that would hold him back. He’d have to do a lot of work to prep. He’d have to take the bus to New Hampshire. But with PJ’s support, the support of his Strength Faction family, and a little mustering of gumption, Kirk said screw it and did it.

During a webinar we recently held, PJ and Kirk talked about the experience of putting their project together. Kirk said that he wasn’t sure what he was going to do for the presentation, or how he was going to get it all done, but that he decided to say yes to a great opportunity and then sort everything else out. It was a good move, Kirk.

Now, PJ has an audience with golfers in his area and Kirk’s done even more to position himself as a golf-training expert—which he most certainly is. And they’ve both gained the confidence that comes from putting themselves out there, taking a swing at something, and making it happen.

So, as you’re looking into 2018 and deciding to make this a great year for your life and business, surround yourself with a community of people that you know will have your back and will also be ripe with talent, skills, and ideas that can help you grow yourself and your business. And, if a big opportunity comes up that may not totally be part of your plan, say yes and then figure out how to make it work.

Enrollment for the Spring ’18 Strength Faction semester closes on January 5th. To learn more and to enroll click the link below.

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