“You Must Follow Your Heart and Your Passion”
I started coaching a short time afterwards, and by word of mouth my online training business started to grow rapidly. The shift work and scheduled days off associated with being a police officer made it somewhat easier to pursue a second job. But after a while, all my time off was spent working on my online training business.
At the same time, my husband also started working a second job, as a fitness photographer. Our passions for what we did shone through and as the years went on, our second businesses became so successful that we decided to take it to the next level. After a few consultations with some business mentors, we decided to open Optimum Training Centre (OTC), our 6,000-square-foot personal training studio in Toronto.
In order for us to run at our full potential, we decided that we had to make an important, risky decision. After 15 years as police officers, we both resigned to nurture our newly opened business. It was very hard to leave my comfort zone. I had a secure job, with great benefits and a pension. But in life, you must take risks to get ahead. You must follow your heart and your passion, and realize that other great things are meant for you.