We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnny Tea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnny, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Never being complacent and always trying to provide value to everyone I work with. I love the coaching dynamic and always want to make this a fun experience for anyone who needs help.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a coach/trainer/manual therapist, and I work with a wide range of clientele (general fitness, athletes, and rehab). I specialize in helping busy people become a healthier version of themselves by giving them structure (planning their weight lifting and cardio routine, eating habits, joint health, and stress management). Whether be it performance or health & fitness-based, the objective is to help these individuals develop a sustainable plan to achieve their goals, develop better habits, improve their movement qualities, and build a more robust body.
I got to where I am today with a mixture of help from my mentors, family, tons of books and courses, hard work, and learning from my mistakes as I went along in this journey.
There’s definitely been challenges along the way, but as the saying goes, “without struggle, there’s no progress.” There’s a lesson to be learned with anything, and I’ve grown over the years from these challenges, and it’s resulted in me being a better coach/business owner.
Some obstacles would include becoming self-employed, starting from scratch and trying to build up my client roster, trying to figure out a business model that allowed me to have a better work-life balance, and learning more about the business side of things (which is an area most coaches struggle with early on in their careers).
I’ve been self-employed since 2008, absolutely love my work, thrive on human connection, and enjoy the process of coaching people. My philosophy is to make the sessions fun and productive, develop a relationship with everyone I work with and help them navigate through their struggles to achieve their goals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Few places that come to mind would be Santa Monica, Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles, and Hollywood. I would take them to either Grand Central Market in downtown, any Korean BBQ restaurant in K-Town (you can’t go wrong), and maybe grab some sushi in either Pasadena or Malibu.
I honestly love how spread out Los Angeles is. You can drive an hour in any direction and land in a different part of town, and every city has its own personality/vibe. I love the diversity and appreciate all the different cultures this city has to offer.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my family, wife, and kids for always inspiring me to keep pushing forward. To my clients for placing their trust in me all these years. To my mentors, friends, and colleagues for always offering a helping hand if I ever need guidance.
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