Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Richard Blake, owner of RBPT, located in Fort Worth, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business centers around living a healthy, vibrant, victorious lifestyle, beginning with your own personal health, strength, conditioning, and well-being. I have been a Master Personal Trainer, Speaker, and Coach for 20 years, and it is a great joy to work with people one on one, or even as couples, and help guide them onto a path of creating healthy habits, exercising effectively and regularly, and creating an encouraging and positive environment for them to step into each and every week.
Tell us about yourself
I have always been passionate about fitness, self-care, and overall physical, mental, and spiritual health. I love people, and all of us contain the capacity for good, the possibilities to achieve breakthroughs and accomplish our life goals and dreams. The sheer possibilities are what motivates me each day. I started out my career in Los Angeles, working with many high-profile celebrities, performers, and athletes. I continually work on my education and knowledge and have become a "Transformation Specialist." As I continued to put my training methods into practice, my business and reputation began to grow and continue to presently. I worked as a trainer in Los Angeles for 18 years, and in 2021, I relocated my in-person services to Fort Worth, Texas.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Cultivating lifelong relationships with all different kinds of people. Enjoying the privilege of being a leader and having the responsibility to speak into people's lives on a weekly basis.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Probably managing my own schedule as well as self-promotion and marketing. I LOVE to work hard, and I'm a creative person, but there are only so many hours in the day. I have had to discipline myself to schedule each day so I have time for my wife, my own personal health, and also work on back-end business tasks such as answering emails, scheduling ahead of time, and communicating with my clients and customers base regularly. It's a full-time job.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Have a clear goal or vision for yourself/the business - You must have something to aim at; this is key to keeping you motivated and measuring progress.
- Have a clear plan to execute. Do not "wing it." Preparation is everything. Know your numbers, know your customer, be clear-minded, and ready to be the best you can be.
- Presentation - This one seems simple, but I believe it's key, and it's very personal to me. How do you look, smell, act, talk, etc... Our world has changed a lot in the past two years. I've often seen so-called "professionals" in their pajamas, or with their hair matted to one side, or dropping the F-bomb, etc... If ever asked about it, the response is usually, "Oh whatever, nobody cares." Trust me; people care, and most of them are just too polite to say that to you directly. Look and act your best; it says a lot about how much you care about what you're doing.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I own and run two businesses. One is my Richard Blake Personal Training, and the other is my production company, Amberock Productions, LLC. Working for myself and continuing to grow my businesses through the years has been one of the most exciting things I've ever been able to do. The freedom that comes from working for yourself is often more rewarding than the money that comes in. Writing myself a check was always a dream of mine. Now I get to live that out every week.
Where can people find you and your business?
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