Fortune favors the brave, this is the guiding principle of Marco Breithuber. He decided to exchange his office chair into a barbell and turned his hobby into his profession.
How would you describe yourself?
I´m kind of an impatient person, because my ideas should turn into actions. For me it was horrible in my „normal“ job, that things took such a long time and that I could not influence the results. I would also describe myself as an inquisitive person. I love to develop myself. And of course if I see a new concept, that is better than that old concept I´m following, I change the concept and focus new. I am also enthusiastic and determined.
How would others describe you?
To be honest, I don´t think a lot of other people and their thoughts about me. Someday in life you have to learn that you can´t favor all the people around you. We are responsible for the decisions we make. If I had listened to my grandpa and my mum, and they want the best for me for sure, I don´t know if I would be standing in my own CrossFit Box today. Because for them it was not logical that I would like to quit my well paid job and open up something like a fitness studio – because at that time, CrossFit wasn´t that well known.
Which of your characteristics brought you to your decison?
Maybe a lot of people would like to turn their hobby into a profession. And I´ve always been self-confident and if you are doing what you love and doing it also for yourself you work harder. You have a sense behind. So my proposal for the characteristics would be: Determination, curiosity, selfconfidence and engagement. So you have to be totally convinced. And for me, personally, it is important that money is not the driving factor behind. Because for me it makes a difference if somebody is just calculating some numbers or living his dream.
So you made your decision and then?
The first step was that I had to fullfill the requirements to open up a CrossFit Box and I made the trainer course. One year, and a lot of experiments on family and friends later, my partner and I opened up the first place for CrossFit in town. We found the right place, made a first design draft and turned our idea to reality. That was quite an interesting and challenging process.
If you could turn back time, would you change something?
No, for sure not. We made mistakes but they have been important. Because the give you the option to develop and learn. I don´t like the mindset „we are doing this for years now and this is the reason why we are doing this also in the future.“ This makes no sense for me because if you are thinking like this you are not an open minded person and capaple of developement. Science generates new knowledge and you have to be on the pulse of time otherwise someone else will outpace you.
So what is necessary to turn a vision into reality?
You have to stand behind your idea and to be authentic. And for me it is also important what is the reason behind, why somebody is doing something, because this is our driving force. And of course maybe every idea can turn into reality if you find your own target group. It is also good to have your unique idea and not to copy someone, because you are an individual and you should find your own way. So you need to trust yourself, your idea and dare to be true. You will never know if your idea will work if you don´t try it. But of course the risk should be calculated and if your starting point is like this then just give it a try. Because I believe: Fortune favors the brave.