First-up in the Doing What You Love series on Just Rolling with It is Coach David Lipscomb, founder and head coach of CIS Training Systems.
David’s been my cycling coach for just over a year now and has been a huge help to me, in both cycling, which is a big part of my healing journey, as well as other aspects of my life, as he takes a holistic approach to coaching, both on and off the bike. David also helped spark the idea for the Doing What You Love series, each time he would shout, “I LOVE WHAT I DO!”, on our training rides, usually while cruising behind me casually snapping pictures, as I’d be huffing and puffing trying to keep up with him 🙂
Here’s my interview with David –
1 – What is it you do that you love?
I am a Personal Development and Cycling Coach.
2 – How and when did you realize what it is you love to do?
Two fold. First, I always had a passion to ride my bike, ever since I was around the age of 15. I would watch my Dad do Sunday rides with the neighborhood kids and said to myself that I will do this one day as my career.
Secondly, I knew I wanted to work with people back in early 2000 when I started working in Financial Services. Having the opportunity to lead, manage and mentor individuals became really easy for me. So I decided to combine both of these elements to come up with the CIS Training Systems Cycling Program.
3 – When did you decide to make a commitment to doing what you love?What does that commitment look like, e.g. full-time job, part-time hobby, etc.
Take a look at my company info http://ciscycling.com/company.html for the entire story.
4 – How long have you been doing what you love?
I started in 2006 with my first client. Then, in 2010, the CIS Training Systems Cycling Program was launched.
5 – What was the toughest decision you had to make when making a commitment to doing what you love?
The toughest decision I had to make was NOT to go back into Corporate America and instead follow my dream 100%. It was tough the first 3 years, but I was determined to make it work because I believed that I had something very unique to offer.
6 – Was there a time that you had doubts about doing what you love? If so, how did or do you overcome those doubts and keep doing what you love?
I remember exactly when I told myself I was not going to worry about Money or Finding a part time job to make it work. It was November of 2013, after watching The Secret. There was section of that movie that talked about the Laws of Attraction. And the key to understanding was what you put out into the universe is what you will get back. So from that point, I told myself that I am only going to put positive things out there, to receive what the universe brings me.
7 – What are some of the things you enjoy most about doing what you love?
I enjoy watching my clients succeed. One of the things I often say is, “If I was able to share one nugget of inspiration during my interaction, then I did my job”.
8 – Do you have any advice for people who are struggling with making a commitment to doing what they love, even if they know they want to make the commitment?
Always follow your dreams and never give up. It will be tough, but it will be rewarding. You must believe in yourself and your abilities. Don’t just give it the good ole college try, make it purposeful!
9 – Is there anything else you’d like to add about doing what you love?
The last thing I will add is what I believe to be the most important thing…Find the people that will support you… It is important to get that support network that you can bounce things off of. Now the hard part is that there will be people that will try and talk you out of doing with you love to do. It is those people that don’t understand what it takes to an entrepreneur. Just stay the course and block those people out and keep on keepin’ on. Always remember, it is all about Passion!
If you’d like to contact David, you can find him here.