How Steve Weatherford Turned His Weakness into His Strength and Built an Empire

Today, Craig and I are doing a case study on our good friend and fellow Mastermind Empire member Steve Weatherford.

If you don’t know him, he’s a Super Bowl Champion who played for the Jets and Giants.

Steve is a great guy. He’s this huge giant of a man with such a commanding personality, but one of the most humble and kindest people I’ve ever met.

I could go on and on about how down to earth and giving he is, but one of his best qualities is his amazing focus.

How Steve Went From Athlete to Online Fitness Entrepreneur

I was introduced to Steve through Jay Ferruggia or Lewis Howes. He had just moved to San Diego, so I said “hey man, welcome to California, wanna go surfing?”

So we were out surfing one day, and I asked him “Dude, how did you make the transition from playing football to selling a fitness program on how to make your arms bigger?”

He told me he had no idea what he was doing. He was acting on sheer force of will.

See, Steve was stuck in hustle and grind mode, and as you know, you need to advance to scale and structure in order to build an empire.

Which is why he was reaching out to me for coaching.

When we got back to the car, Steve pulled out his phone and showed me pictures of him during games wearing long sleeves.

Even in the Summer on the hottest days, he was wearing these long sleeves.

Turns out, he wore them because he was self conscious of his skinny arms.

You look at him now, and this guy’s ripped! You would never think he struggled with insecurity about his arms.

So he took his weakness and made into his strength in a completely different industry.

He created the Armageddon program to help others who are struggling with skinny arms and want to bulk. From pro football player to fitness entrepreneur, that’s a huge leap.

Steve is the kind of guy who is always willing to learn and ask for help. Most people are afraid to put their ego aside, but he isn’t.

And that’s why he’s able to kaizen and continuously improve.

Steve’s Biggest Key to Success That You Can Implement Right Now

As I mentioned before, Steve has incredible focus.

He’s created this vision of sharing his program with the world and helping thousands of people build muscle and gain confidence.

One of his biggest keys to success (that YOU can do right now) is speed of implementation.

During one of our Empire Masterminds, Steve was in the hot seat and we told him “Look man, you can’t do it all yourself. You need to build a high performance team who shows responsibility and meets your expectations.

A few weeks later, he shows up and he brings his whole team of high performers with him.

He took the advice we gave him, and implemented it quickly into his business. From there, he had a plan of action and a team to back him up.

When you put the ego aside and ask for help, you’re able to scale much faster than if you try to do it all yourself.

Your Reason Why Trumps Your Excuses

Some of you may be thinking “I’m not a retired pro athlete. I don’t have that kind of money to scale. Give me someone who I can relate to.”

Craig Ballantyne grew up on a farm, wore tattered clothes, had a not so great relationship with his father, and struggled with alcohol and sugar addiction.

I was the fat foreign kid who came to America, didn’t speak English or understand the culture, ate out of dumpsters, called names…

Craig and I didn’t come from the best of circumstances.

But we had one thing that all successful people have in common: resiliency.

Everyone has a million excuses. “I don’t have time, I have kids, I don’t have the money, I don’t know how to do x, y, and z”. That’s bullshit!

If you’ve got a compelling reason why, your excuses don’t matter. You’ll take that adversity and turn it into your advantage.

You Know Your Business Better than Anyone

There’s plenty of room for vision and planning, but there’s times when you’re on a hot streak and you have to keep deploying the next thing.

After we helped Steve set up a continuity program for his 30 Day Metabolic Reset, he wanted to start including supplements.

I told him “dude, don’t roll out supplements yet cause they’re a pain on a continuity basis since things can go wrong.”

And Steve said “But I’m on fire, man! I’m bringing so much value to community already, I’m gonna do the supplements anyway.”

And sure as shit, he knocked it out of the park.

Sometimes you have to say “to hell with planning, my gut says this.” You have a better pulse on your business than anyone.

Steve saw enough people were curious about his supplements through social media because he created a demand. He launched it, sold it, and it became successful.

However, 90% of the time, if you don’t plan and you don’t have  a clear vision, you’re headed for disaster.

The First Step You Can Do to Move Ahead

The first thing you can do to move the needle in your business is to find a mentor.

Take their lessons that they’ve learned in the trenches, doing the work, and avoid the mistakes they made so that you can time collapse and grow your business even faster.

That way, you’re not losing money, and you’re not stressing out as much. You’re getting win after win because you have a mentor guiding you.

The most important thing to look for in a mentor is if they can walk the walk.

You don’t want someone who just professes, but doesn’t practice.

I advise you to use the Ronald Reagan method, which is trust but verify.

Make sure they can actually coach. There’s a lot of mentors out there who are great and successful at what they do, but they don’t know how to teach.

Commit yourself financially, ethically, and whole heartedly so you can focus on your outcome and dominate your path.

To listen to Craig and I cover all of this and more, watch our podcast here