We had the good fortune of connecting with Binh Trinh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Binh, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My parents fled to United States because of the Vietnam War. They came with nothing and worked harsh, exhausting, and low-paying jobs to provide for my brother and I. Due to the struggles that my parents endured, they always preached education at all cost. My brother was valedictorian in high school and UCSD and is currently studying to become an Emergency Room Medical Doctor. I am currently working as an Electrical Engineer and am projected to graduate Summa Cum Laude with my Masters. The quality education resulted in having a stable job with a high salary and great benefits, which is what my parents wanted for me, but ultimately I crave more. I wasn’t as passionate about my career as I thought, and I needed to change this feeling. To begin my journey to find what I was passionate about, I began attending entrepreneurship conferences and began to network and communicate with other people. While meeting other people and talking to them about their passion, it began to motivate me. The passion that I saw within the individuals at those conferences was the same passion that I had been seeking. After the experience, I went home and began to question myself, carefully considering what made me happy in life. After much searching and meditating, I realized that I had a passion for working out as working out has helped me escape reality when I needed a way out and helped me improve my mental and physical health. In addition to working out, I loved serving and helping others. I merged those two “passions” in my life and decided to obtain my Nutritionist and Personal Trainer Certification and created my own business called, “Binh Inspiring Nutrition & Health”. My business was founded to help individuals achieve their fitness goals. This new business was something I was passionate for and for the first time, I felt true freedom to live life to the fullest, be my own boss, operate the business like I envisioned, and share my love and passion with my clients. I couldn’t have made it here without the sacrifice and support of my parents. They instilled in me hard-working ethics and respect, and although they did not determine my final destination, they were an integral part in helping me to achieve fulfillment, happiness, and purpose. 

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’m a full-time engineer who’s running an online coaching business as well. People label me as an engineer, but that’s not who I am. I am individual who wants to make a difference and help others and my nutrition and health business allows me this opportunity. The challenges for me are time and juggling so many things at once, but it’s a challenge I look forward to. I learned a lot of lessons in this process. The main one is that life is too short not to be happy and what makes me the happiest isn’t money or a title, but being present in the moment doing things I enjoy and helping others. I want the world to know that you can come from low socioeconomic areas, immigrant parents, and tough times and still be whatever or whoever you want. My brand is built on work ethic, perseverance, and making no excuses regardless of the circumstances or obstacles.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Coming from where I came from and having the opportunity to live in San Diego is something I’ll always be grateful for. My favorite spots in San Diego are probably Kate Sessions Park, Imperial Beach, Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the Little Italy Farmer’s Market. Kate Sessions is a beautiful spot for the sunset.  Ho Chi Minh Trail in La Jolla is a quick hike that has breath taking views of the ocean. I love the Little Italy farmers markets vibes.  My favorite food spots are Shabumis and Taco Stand.  My favorite dessert spot in San Diego is Papalecco.  They have the best gelato in my opinion. If a friend came contingent on their preferences of course, I would attempt to take them to all those places.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to recognize my parents for all the sacrifices they made for me. I would like to recognize my brother Nam Trinh for always being there, inspiring me, and helping me when times were tough. The books that really inspired me were Tony Robbin’s “UNSHAKEABLE”, Brendon Burchard’s “High Performance Habits”, and Jim Collin’s “Good To Great”. Growing up my role models were Martin Luther King Jr. , Kobe Bryant, and Bruce Lee. Their relentless work ethic, dedication, passion, and leadership was something that always resonated with me and inspired me in my own lane.

Website: https://binhinspiringfitness.issacertifiedtrainer.com
Instagram: binhinspiring
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thanhbinh-trinh/
Youtube: Binh Inspiring Nutrition
Other: Email: binhinspiringfitness@gmail.com

Image Credits
Makito Umekita

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