Definition of Success?

Posted on March 28, 2011 by Steve Liberati
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How do you define success?

“When you identify something that you do well, that you enjoy doing, and that supports the values that are important to you, you have defined success in your terms.” —Nido Qubein 

We know that the definition of "success" is in the eye of the beholder. Some people define success by the size of one's house or banking account, while others define it by the letters after one's name or your social and/or professional ranking. Despite the so-called American Dream and common ideals surrounding what success means to most of us, everyone has their own definition.

Personally, the quote above, nicely sums up my own definition of success. I believe that a major part of being successful is doing something that you are passionate about, that supports the values that are important to you and sharing your gift or passion with the rest of the world.

In my opinion, the other part of success has to do with one's overall sense of happiness in this world. There are plenty of rich people who are miserable and despite what it looks like on the outside are not happy or content with themselves. At the same time, there are plenty of poor people who are very happy and happily live their lives to the fullest.

I think if we could take away all the money in the world for one day, we would be able to easily distinguish the successful from the not so successful.  

Photo of the Day

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Steve Liberati
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We had a small photoshoot yesterday with the kids from Steve's Club in Camden, NJ.

Lots of fun, and the kids loved the PaleoKits as a treat at the end!


James Hobart Leaves a Mark

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Steve Liberati
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James Hobart from CrossFit New England and Patrick Cummings from Again Faster came down this past friday to visit Steve's Club. James spent a good 20 minutes getting to know the kids at first....talking to them on a very personal level...asking them a bunch of questions about their interests and how CrossFit has helped them with life and school. It was obvious the kids were very receptive and curious to hear what James had to say. He offered a lot of good advice, including some recovery tips (sleep A LOT!) and emphasis the importance of staying in school and find out what you love to do. He asked if any of them had interest in becoming a fitness trainer and few hands went up with excitement.

Then we broke the class down into 2 groups. James coached one group and I coached the other before starting the clock for a team throwdown. The workout was 5 DB Snatches each arm and 25 air squats for 5 rounds. Team with the lowest total time wins.

3,2,1 GO! It was a great workout and the kids had a blast.

More important than being a great CrossFit athlete, James is a great guy. He was very excited to come down and spend time with the kids. On the way to picking up and dropping off the kids, we talked a bit about giving back and sharing our talents with others. It was a very evident from our brief conversation that James deeply cared about others and wasn't just another one of those great athletes that only cared about themselves (and they're are plenty of those type out there...just take a look at professional sports!). Instead of going on and on about his accomplishments, he only talked about ways the kids could all better themselves.

His down to earth and humble personality was super refreshing...

And the leads me to this:

No one really cares how fast you can do Fran or how much you can deadlift.

What matters is how you treat other people and the mark you leave in this world.

Thanks James for leaving a mark at Steve's Club.  

Donor Spotlight: Latham & Watkins

Posted on December 15, 2010 by Steve Liberati
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Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins has grown into a full-service international powerhouse with approximately 2,000 attorneys in 30 offices around the world. The founders of Latham & Watkins instilled an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that flourishes today and has nurtured the firm's dramatic growth into one of the world's premier business law firms. With that growth, Latham has built internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham’s success is grounded in devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering.

We have been working with Steve’s Club since the middle of 2010 and we have enjoyed every minute of it.  Steve’s Club provides a great service to underserved youth and we wanted to do whatever we could to help in that effort.  We have been helping Steve’s Club put together the corporate and tax documentation that it needs to be able to affiliate with other gyms and make Steve’s Club a nationwide program.  We love doing pro bono work with worthwhile causes and Steve’s Club is certainly one.  We have enjoyed our partnership with Steve’s Club and look forward to continuing it well into the future.

Any questions regarding Latham & Watkins, please contact Allen M. Gardner (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

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