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StartStory interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares the stories behind their business.  These stories aim to inspire and provide specific insight into starting a business.

We were thrilled to have been interviewed.  If you are interested in entrepreneurship, be sure to check out our interview!

Some Excerpts of The Interview:

What’s your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

I started One Life Meals in 2014 and it was pretty much the next logical step in my personal and professional evolution. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2004 (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) I worked for 5 years in the Pharmaceutical industry.

I left the corporate world in 2009 and made my way into the fitness industry. Health and fitness always resonated with me from an early age. From 2010 to 2012 I worked for a big box gym, where I was in charge of the personal training department. This was another great experience, I got to meet and connect with many clients looking for a better body, a better life. The gym system however focused mainly on training, and not at all on nutrition. As we all know, without dialing in the nutrition, you cannot expect a sustainable transformation.

In 2012 I went on my own, and started training clients privately. We trained and focused on the nutrition as well. Within a few weeks, all my clients started transforming. We knew we were on to something!

My clients were all preparing their meals and it worked great at the beginning. After a couple of months however, most of them started to complain that it took too long to shop, cook and portion their meals every week. They were also getting tired of eating the same meals every day. I didn’t want them to quit so I started considering the idea of preparing their meals myself.

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Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Be very honest and real with yourself and the reason you want to be an entrepreneur. Being interested is not enough, you need to commit. There is a lot of glory in being your own boss and making your own rules but the struggles are very real as well! If you have a low tolerance to pain and stress, a 9-5 job might be better for you!

Learn to set small daily goals, celebrate their accomplishment and continue.

If you are crazy enough to crave the super highs and super lows, then get started! There’s always room for more stubborn entrepreneurs and cool solutions!

Here are 3 pillars that have really worked for me:

HEALTH AND FITNESS

As you start building your product, service or empire, it’s easy to forget about your own physical and mental health and fitness. Many entrepreneurs make that mistake and regret it after.

Learn to balance and make time for yourself along the way. Go to the gym, eat well and get as much sleep as you can! You will see gains in your output and performance as well!

EDUCATION

Don’t be afraid to remain a student as long as you can. Read, listen and ask questions. In today’s world we have so many sources of information, you have to take advantage.

Surround yourself with individuals that know something you don’t, ideally related to your project. Use your free time wisely and strategically, always look for learning opportunities in every daily activity.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Develop a Continuous Improvement mentality early in the game! It’s very common to set aggressive goals but then not know how to progress on a daily basis, get frustrated and fail. Learn to set small daily goals, celebrate their accomplishment and continue.

 

Do you enjoy being your own boss?  One of the keys will be good health and time management!  Don’t forget to book a FREE consultation with me

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