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

Hi Mo, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance is for “workers”s only, not business owners. There is no such thing as business life balance. None. There are very few hyper successful business owners who last over time without getting wiped out. There is a reason why there is only 1% of people who have an absurd amount of wealth. Because every second of their lives is spent on achieving a goal, which used to be a dream.

There is no balance in my life. Each day has to be more efficient and goal oriented than the one before, or it is a day wasted. I move my necessities around my goal and not the other way round. Workouts, meals, socializing, leisure….they all take a back seat to the expectations I have for myself. The necessities in life (health, relationships etc) need to be managed efficiently so they do not get in the way of your path, your business, your passion, your success.

The balance isn’t in how to avoid “working too much”, the balance involves squeezing in the activities of a basic, civilized human being into a fully packed schedule that is designed for only one purpose: the success of your current goal.

The term work life balance was created to give people an excuse to give up, and the less disciplined comfort in being mediocre.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
`I call myself a strength and conditioning coach but that is just a small part of what I do and make an effort to accomplish. I make people happier. That is my goal, for myself and everyone else around me. I grew up overweight, unfit, bullied, harassed, condescended, and thought getting in shape was the answer. Then I realized that it didn’t make any difference.

Insecurities can go beyond your weight and looks and discrimination can come in way more forms than just fat shaming.

After shedding the weight, getting stronger, going through a surgery at 27 to fix a deformed knee, I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to get better at more than just fitness: life.

If you spend 6 months trying to get in shape and all you have changed is your physique, you’ve wasted your 6 months. You should have become a better father, mother, employer, employee, business owner, student, brother, sister and all the other roles you have in life.

I’ve obsessed so long about how I looked, that I was wasting my life away and missing out on things that mattered: moments you spend with your loved ones. After I was done with the obsession of getting in shape, I started chasing superficial items like watches, cars, bottle service and all that stuff that did nothing to make me happy.

Finally, I found a purpose. Which was to make being healthy, not just look a certain way, simple and easy so people can spend more time enjoying life. I want to take the stress away from being in shape.

Counting calories, stressing about missing one workout, starving yourself, eating out once in a while, taking a vacation, these are useless stress factors commonly related to getting in shape. These are obsessive habits promoted to sell people the lie of fast or instant results.

This has to be a willing and easy change in lifestyle. This needs to be fun. You do not have to turn your life upside down. You do not have to be sore all the time, or ever. You do not have to do hours of cardio. You do not have to count your calories. You do not have to look like anything that Instagram tells you. You have to be happy now, with how you are and what you have. And then make minor changes every day, week, month and year in the direction of being a better, healthier self.

Trainers and gurus charge way too much money to get clients extreme results that don’t last, and in the long term are detrimental to the body, physique and mental health.

My goal is to bring the happier, sustainable, and healthier approach to getting strong and sexy. My goal is to make every single person that comes in contact with me, my training or any of my content, happier and more successful in every area in life.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First I would workout at Sweat Culture Gym in South Bay. The best equipped gym in San Diego. Then grab brunch at my new favorite spot Verbena Kitchen in North Park. Go to Hess for some IPAs. Then swing by Wellgreens Dispensary in Lake Murray and roll down to Punch Bowl Social for some ping pong, bowling and pool.

End the night with some steaks at The Turf Club in Golden Hill.

And that just day 1.

Definitely going to go jet skiing and sky diving. Followed by shooting some guns.

I have a motorcycle so probably rent one for my buddy and ride up to Julian for apple pie.

Also, I love movies, so probably gonna go to the Theater Box and Sugar Factory.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Matt Pallardy (@matt_pallardy), the owner of Self Made Training Facility San Diego (Mission Bay). He had the back of multiple business owners who needed a place to operate and suffered the affects of Covid. I have never met a person I worked with more. He has my respect as an entrepreneur, friend, father etc.

He is an example of having too much on his plate and always having a great attitude about it while getting things done.

Website: www.grandmastaprogram.com

Instagram: @grandmasta_gains

Youtube: Mo Ghori

Other: Podcast: Ready Mindset Podcast Episode 4

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