It’s fair to say that the 3Ds were part of who I was and what made me tick long before 3DMJ came to be. Dedication, Desire and Discipline ran through my veins long before I became a bodybuilder. I could be wrong, but I think this is true of many of us to some extent. However, when we discover something we are passionate about to pour that energy into, it can really bring out and further develop any amount of the 3Ds we have in us.
I remember when I was 16 years old and I was given the opportunity to compete in what has always been my first love: auto racing, specifically circle-track stock car racing. This opportunity really brought out the 3Ds in me. While my high school friends would go to school dances and parties on Friday nights, you’d find me in the shop tinkering away on my car preparing it for the track. While others would spend money on food, movies or entertainment, I’d be spending mine on parts and tools. While I probably should have been studying for tests, instead I spent much of my time reading about setting up racecars to corner better and how to squeeze more horsepower out of a racing engine. Come Saturday night or Sunday, you’d find me at the track pretty much all day. I would get there early to set up my pit and leave late to relive the nights’ events with other drivers and collect prize money. While I didn’t think about it at the time, it was the 3Ds that made me a successful racecar driver.
Now fast forward to the 2000’s, and you would find that same eccentric dude pouring the 3Ds into the gym he owned and operated. Once again, the 3Ds came out in me as a business owner and trainer. I’d be up at 5am to train, at the hospital to work at 7am, and then at the gym after work until all hours of the night. It should come as no surprise that I poured that same dedication, desire and discipline into bodybuilding. I earned my pro-card in 2008 alongside getting my RKC certification. Then, a group of like-minded fellows that had the 3Ds running through their blood just as richly as it does in mine approached me in 2009 to start what would become the 3DMJ you know today. We all come from different backgrounds, and outside of bodybuilding have lived different lives. Thus, some might say it was luck that brought us together to form 3DMJ. I on the other hand see our similarities and believe that with the 3Ds running richly in all our veins, it was inevitable for our paths to cross and for us to join forces. I see the 3Ds as something that drew us together and resulted in our shared destiny.
In my experience you get back what you put out into the world. I think we’ve all had the friend or family member who seems to constantly have a drama-filled life, and more often than not, they seem to spend a lot of their time putting out negativity. I think my experience has just been the converse of that: I’ve put out the 3Ds, and lo and behold today I am a part of something greater than myself, and I get the opportunity to help others harness the 3Ds on a daily basis.