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Leadership Lessons: Follow Your Passion and Work Hard

Leadership Lessons: Follow Your Passion and Work Hard

There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.

  • The leader: Todd Magazine, president of Blink Fitness
  • Time in current position: 4 years
  • Todd's philosophy: "If you are passionate about something and work hard, good things will happen."

I have been fortunate in my career to work on some incredible businesses, including Gatorade, Cover Girl, Quaker Oats and Advil. Some brands I was passionate about; others not so much. I found that the ones that I was most passionate about and connected with on an emotional level were the ones in which I had the most success.

I have been an athlete and exerciser my entire life. Being healthy is part of who I am as a person. So, when I got the chance to work in fitness, I jumped at the opportunity. Blink is changing the face of fitness by celebrating the positive feelings you get from exercise, not just the physical benefits. We have almost 50 Blink locations and recently started to franchise, so now other entrepreneurs have the opportunity to get in on the fun. Having an opportunity to positively impact the lives of millions of people is incredibly fulfilling.

Making the switch from working at big companies my entire career to being an entrepreneur hasn't been easy. I'm working harder than I ever have, but I love it. I have the opportunity to actually create something and leave a legacy. It won't happen overnight and it won't happen without lots of blood, sweat and tears. Anyone who thinks success comes overnight is fooling himself or herself. You have to strap in and prepare for a long, hard ride. But if it's something you love doing, it’s a heck of a lot of fun. 

Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.