WHO ARE WE TALKING TO TODAY?
Who: Steve Kamb
Where is he normally: Steve’s Awesome Site
Why should I care about what he has to say: Steve has the ultimate geek site and I mean that as a compliment … and he’ll take it as one too! When I grew up, I loved to watch films and pretend I was the superheroes and what not. Then browsing the web one day, I found Steve’s site and realised that I really could become like them by following his site. Steve site is full of passionate helpful advice on how to get into the best shape you can by using computer games and films for your inspiration. Needless to say, I love his site! Steve has found a way to make fitness fun for the masses and allow your inner geek to act as a kid again! His site always puts a smile on your face but it’ll also get you into the best shape of your life too!
WHAT DID STEVE HAVE TO SAY?
NLG: Can you please tell us a little about yourself, your journey from average dude to running a hugely successful website? Why do you think that people love your site so much compared to other fitness websites – what is the unique selling point?
I figured: “I’m a nerd, I like fitness…there HAVE to be others out there like me.” Thus, NerdFitness.com was born – a community for desk jockeys, nerds, and average joes who are interested in leveling up their lives. I’ve been writing articles at Nerd Fitness for almost four years now, and it’s been my full time job for two+ years.
We need to step up and understand that we’re not owed ANYTHING for being born; we need to earn it! We need to understand that every day is an opportunity to live better lives for ourselves and make better lives for our families and children. This is the way I look at it: “Did I wake up +today? Yes? Then it’s a freaking good day! I can build on that.”
NLG: You’re an extremely busy guy, writing e-books, running a mega successful blog and so on – how do you manage to do so much? What do you do to cope with the stress (e.g. an organisation method, meditation, yoga etc)
As far as stress management, exercise is my meditation. I love exercising alone and going for long walks alone, playing my favorite songs on my iPod and just zoning out for a while. My life is so hectic that these moments of exercise, hiking, walking, etc. have become my “constant” in a day generally filled with uncertainty.
SK: I think “fit guy” is a relative term, and will be vastly different for people depending on their current situation or preferred method of exercise. Because I’m a big fan of minimalist exercise (due to the fact that I travel so much), my benchmarks will be bodyweight focused, though I could create a completely different set of benchmarks based on weight training.
SK: When starting your blog/business, don’t put your focus on making money. Instead, give away as much free content as possible, help as many people as possible, and ask for absolutely NOTHING in return. Build up a tremendous amount of respect and popularity for being the guy that helps people live better lives, and figure out from there how you can offer services or products that improve your readers’ lives and that they will gladly pay for.
SK: Well, I think it’s important to write about something that you are incredibly passionate about – something that you would enjoy writing about even if you weren’t getting paid for it. However, it also needs to be something that eventually people WILL pay money for. If your passion isn’t helping people solve a problem or cure a pain that they have, they might read your site for entertainment purposes, but will never buy anything from you or allow you to turn your blog into a business.
SK: Up until two years ago, I had never really been outside of North America. I wanted to start traveling and having more experiences and adventures, so I decided to turn my life into a videogame: The Epic Quest of Awesome. I give myself experience points for crossing things off my bucket list that challenge me, give me a unique life experience, or allow me to visit another part of the world. In the past two years, I’ve visited 20 countries on six continents and crossed over thirty things off my list of life goals.
SK: I’d pick
SK: Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillbeau, and Richard Branson. Tim’s “4 Hour Workweek” was the catalyst for me buying NerdFitness.com and putting the thought of constant travel and continual improvement in my head. Chris Guiellbeau’s “Art of Nonconformity” encouraged me to start Nerd Fitness as a blog and put my focus on helping people. Chris also helped teach me to travel hack, which allowed me to travel to so many countries over the last two years.
SK: I can’t go into too much detail as we’re still very early on in the project, but Rising Heroes is essentially a fitness program/community that combines the incredibly addicting and social attributes of role playing game (RPGs) with getting fit and healthy. Think of it like a massively multiplayer online RPG in which the world is your game and YOU are the main character – in order to level up in game, you’ll need to level up in real life by completing quests, workouts, following the story, and exploring. it’s a massively ambitious undertaking, but I’m so excited about it and cannot wait to see how it can improve people’s lives.
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- Check out Steve’s great blog by clicking Here.
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- Follow Steve on Twitter Here.