Last summer, I was laid off from my job in the technology arena. It was absolutely the best thing that happened to me. How, you ask? I had worked for 23 years in a job that had become so unmotivating. I have an expressive personality and was told a few times by my manager… “you are too happy”. Too happy, I didn’t know being happy was a bad thing. As jobs were being sent overseas, my job was eliminated.
I was very fortunate that I had 5 months of severance to determine what I wanted to do. I did know what I didn’t want to do. I was determined to find a job where I could “be happy”, “be helpful”, and “make a difference”! I looked at opportunities at the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and others; however, only volunteer positions available. I have a family and need to make a living. Hmmmm, what can I do?
One day, I was at my gym with my trainer and wondered if I could be a trainer. I didn’t think I had the appropriate body type. I had lost 60lbs, but still no means was I thin. I asked my trainer, “do you think I could be a trainer?” She said, “more people will relate to you because you’ve been there…” We talked for a good bit and she suggested a school, NPTI – National Personal Training Institute. I visited their website and requested more information. My interest was sparked, so I made an appointment to visit. I was in luck their classroom was in Raleigh, only 10 miles from me.
What happened when I got there? I met the lead instructor of NPTI, Alan Wiest. We sat down and talked, he had such passion for the program and answered every question I had. I believe we spoke for almost 2 hours. In our discussions, I felt like this was where I was meant to be. Everything about it just seemed right. I submitted my application and deposit the very next morning.
In January 2011, I began class, my journey to become a personal trainer. We have absolutely the best instructor I’ve ever had and I did earn my bachelors degree. He teaches us anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, the business side and the practical side of training. Alan delivers his message with passion; he is easy to understand and gives many examples. He truly cares about the education of each and every student. I have been blessed to have him as an instructor and an inspiration. We also have another instructor that teaches us nutrition. She is very knowleageble and a joy. I absolutely love the class, the students, the instructors, the curriculm, and the practical. I am a few months shy of graduation. I have enjoyed every moment in class. I have received an unbelievable education and am SO excited to begin a new career. A career that will allow me to make a difference in the lives of others… is there anything better than that?
So being laid off… could just turn out to be a good thing for you… as it was for ME!