We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Blake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Integrity. Sincerity. Joy. Those three are pretty up there. If you’re honest and deal with your business, customers, and employees with integrity, you remain above reproach, and your reputation for being an elite business will increase. If you are sincere with each and every individual you encounter, say an investor, a customer, an employee, and owner etc… They will develop trust and a solid foundation for your working relationship. This will increase client retention, referrals, and you will become a business people can count on. Thirdly, I know lots of business owners who “love” running a business but are miserable day in and day out. Misery is not an ingredient for success. If you do not find joy on a daily basis in what you do, and often this is connected to your vision for where you can go, then get out of it as fast as you can. Switch careers, go work for someone else who’s passionate, anything to tap into what running a business should bring you on a personal level. That thing is joy. On the good and the bad days, you’ve got to keep your head up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I wear a lot of hats, and that’s how I like it. I have become mainly focused on running a personal training business and it continues to bring me much joy and success. In addition to being a trainer for the last 16 years, I work as an actor, writer, director, producer, and have been a fitness model throughout my career. I have a deep passion for the arts and storytelling and it’s been a wonderful thing to merge with my passion for people and fitness. The two often go hand and hand is what I’ve found over the past 10 years. If your on screen, you want to be fit. If you want to be on screen, you have to get fit, etc… There’s more to it than aesthetics of course, but that does seem to often be a high priority goal.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Orange County California for a few days, Brunch at Dukes on the beach, swimming, tanning, bike riding. Hit up a Hollywood classic dinner at Musso & Franks, grab a cocktail at the Rooselvelt Hotel bar. Drive up the coast to Santa Barbara, walk the town, shop, explore. Find where the band Collective Soul is performing a concert, fly there for the night, stay at a five star hotel after the show. Drop back into Texas, catch a Mavericks or Rangers game. Eat a hot dog and sip an ice cold beer. Just one though. Something like that would be fun, and pretty doable.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Amber Blake, my wife and the Director of Business Development at Redline in Keller, TX. Her support and belief in me along with her love gives me the strength to do just about anything. She’s one smart cookie too.
Jessica Vitanza, Owner and founder of Funxional Fitness, a Celebrity gym in Burbank CA. Her mentorship and attitude toward business is one that I mirror daily.
Angie Stroman and the team at Nexgen Fitness in Colleyville Texas. Nexgen Colleyville is ranked the number one personal training facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Angie exemplifies the three points I base my work ethic on. Integrity, Sincerity, and Joy for what she does and the people she gets to serve.
Lots of strong women, so I’ll throw Sylvester Stallone in there as my movie and fitness icon. His work ethic, his drive, his dedication to his own health and well being has been an inspiration to me and continues to be everyday.
Yelp: Richard Blake Personal Training — Nexgen Fitness Colleyville
Youtube: Richard Blake – Amberock Proudctions