A few years out of college, I was hanging out with some friends after a concert. This guy Paul came up to me and said, “Was I a jerk to you in high school?” Time stopped. It felt like I was in the twilight zone. My mind started racing through the many times I had been picked on. Wait. Paul didn’t know he had bullied me??? I went through years of lost confidence, low self-esteem, healing, and thank God I came out fine on the other side, but all this was just a passing race car to him? It dawned on me. People are emotionally scarred for life having been bullied, but bullies really have no idea they cause any negative consequences. It seemed Paul’s existence relied on me feeling less-than. He said, “If I was a jerk, I’m sorry. I was just jealous of you.” If you’re being bullied, you need to know right now, the world needs you! You were created for a purpose, and a bully is jealous of the legacy you will leave.
So here we go. James Ellis. One of the top 3 fitness models in the past five years. He’s been on 36 magazine covers, has appeared on the Ellen show 30 times, and won the World Championship title for the WBFF. Like me, James was scrawny in high school, but had a lot to offer. He was bullied, which caused depression and self-doubt, which in turn led to him almost failing high school. Then one day, he heard the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, and decided he wasn’t going to let anyone keep him from becoming the best man he could be. He started working out, got shredded beyond belief, and graduated with from college with honors.
He may work his tail off, but he’s not a one-man show. As you’ll hear in his interview, having the right people around you makes a big difference. It started out with just his mom, but since then, he’s found a manager, a trainer, friends, roommates, etc. who have helped him become a champion.
He still has big dreams to accomplish. He started a website called jamesellisfit.com, where he wants to help inspire and encourage other young guys to achieve their potential. He hopes to have his own fitness segment on the Ellen show. He wants to leave a legacy beyond fitness, and that’s why James has goodguyswag. As you’ll hear in his interview, he steers clear of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. He understands his position as a role model for kids.
Hopefully you’ve been inspired by reading and/or watching James’s story. He went from being picked on in high school to becoming the spokesman for Magnum Nutraceuticals, a top supplement company with the highest quality products. Each one of us has something unique to bring to the table. The world is waiting. If you’re being bullied right now, or you have been scarred from being bullied, it’s not over. James is living proof that you can go on to accomplish great things.