downloadI am a man who feels that he knows something about a few things.

As I continue to search for new ideas and connections and develop a better understanding of what makes up my personal universe I begin to believe that I know perhaps a few more things than the average bear (that’s when my chest gets puffy and the smug look appears on my face)

Then it happens.

I find myself in a situation that reminds me the truth….

In the grand scheme of things; I don’t know sh*t about sh*t

It seems that every time I think I know something about something a situation comes along that shows me there is a lot I don’t know about a lot of things. I also find these situations come along at just the time that I need them, when I am beginning to become complacent in my level of understanding and slowing in my personal development.

These life situations act as checks and balances for me, they keep me grounded, realistic, humble and most of all growing.

You don’t know what you don’t know unit you do. The challenge is I have to embrace these special moments opposed to the knee jerk reaction from my ego which is to view these events as personal attacks to my level of intellect. My first instinct is always to fight to defend my position purely to protect myself from feeling inadequate opposed to trying to understand where the other party is coming from. If I react this way I shut down to new information, ideas and ways of thinking which in the end only does a disservice to me.

At the end of the experience I am reminded of the simple truths that have helped to better my life over the years;

There is always more to learn

There is no shortage of wonderful ideas to explore

There are infinite amount connections to be made from all areas of life and study; everything can teach you something.

There is always someone who know more than you

There are lessons to be learned from all people whether they are a janitor or a CEO

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About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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