The other day I was listening to the radio while driving on the notoriously slow 60 freeway in Southern California, when Rihanna’s work work work song came on the radio. This not so subtle ode to twerking, a dance fad sweeping the nation, actually had me inspired.
Listening to the repetitive, yet catchy chorus made me think about the word work. While Rihanna isn’t exactly attempting to inspire the nation to get up and put in work, that’s the message I took.
When I was 14 years old, my dad and I went to a construction job site my grandpa’s company was overseeing. When I got there my dad threw me a pair of gloves and told me to get to work. I suppose I had surpassed the age of innocent playing with grandpa’s tool many years back.
I put on the gloves and eagerly awaited my given task. What was it you ask? Well, they call it the burro, the donkey. My job was to go around and pick up the old bolts that the workers were taking out of the pallet racking and throwing on to the floor. It was a humbling experience to say the least.
Clink, clink, clink. Much like the Rihanna song, the clink of the bolts became a catchy chorus that formed part of my psyche. The workers laughed at me while I ran around “taking my job too seriously”.
Around the 3 hour of endless bolt searching my dad told me in what seemed to be the voice of God that it was lunch time. We went to the nearby McDonalds and I’m sure the workers at McDonalds thought my dad was doing some kind of charity work. I was drenched in sweat and my hands were covered in the rust of 15 year old bolts. My dad sat me down and explained to me the story of how he and his siblings would work all hours of the night helping their parents create what has now become a construction empire. I was inspired by his story, I felt like I had contributed in a small way to my grandpa’s legacy.
My dad continued on to explain the importance of hard work, and the affect it has had on our family. During this 30 minute discussion in a McDonalds on the corner of some street in Lynwood, California my dad taught in even more depth the importance of hard work.
Fulzen is an organization that has been built upon the foundation of hard work. Without the sufficient work, the fitness goals that you desire will be hard to attain. Trevor French and his team have helped me apply the teachings of my family (and Rihanna), by showing me the importance of work work working toward my goals. THANKS FULZEN!