This month our back was against the wall. A large part of Sweat’s operating space was limited due to construction and we had to react accordingly. A handful of our clients began to voice displeasure over the aesthetics of our space. A couple of clients even canceled memberships because they couldn’t deal with life-altering adversity of an extra scarf in our lobby. I get it. Life’s greatest battles come in all shapes and forms. We adjusted by moving what we could to storage. We took all necessary steps to protect our functionality as a company. The rest would involve weathering the storm….and not letting a little adversity change our core.
It’s easy to make a difference when it’s convenient and comfortable. It’s easy to give a dollar when you have many. It’s hard to give a dollar when it’s your last. It’s much more challenging to make a difference when you are facing your own day-to-day challenges.
“Thank you” to everyone at Sweat who decided to participate in this month’s coat drive. This picture is from the first load of coats that Ali was able to drop off a Paul’s Place. I am proud of our clients and our staff for standing strong and making a difference no matter what. Back when I played basketball, I always valued my teammates based on how we responded to adversity. When we were cold, playing out of control or losing, I always looked for the guys who were willing to lock in with me, persevere and find any way to win. I wanted to rock with the guys who would never forget who we were…especially when the chips were down. I would also look for the guys on my team who would buckle under adversity by pointing fingers, complaining, blaming the refs or straight up quitting.
These past few months have taught me a lot about myself I’ve learned a lot about you, too. Respect and love to the people who decided to lock in and stay true when things weren’t smooth.
I can rock with that.