I failed college chemistry three times before finally scraping by on the fourth time. 

I'm pretty sure my professor was just sick of seeing me and gave me a passing grade. 

I remember the third time getting back my final exam grade. 

I needed an eighty something to pass the class.


I guess we could chuck that up as a loss.

By academic standards, I had failed.

What most people didn't realize is that was also the time I was going home every other night from Maine to Massachusetts to be by my mom's side as she battled stage four lung cancer.

The day the final exam was actually scheduled was the day I laid my mom to rest and I had to coordinate a make-up day for the exam later that week. 


By academic standards, I had failed, but let's take that percentage into other aspects of life...

Imagine a baseball player with a batting average of .589

To my estimation that would beat the current record by over 180

Roughly every 6 out of every 10 at bats that person "won."

But they still had plenty of strikeouts and that's ok. 

Every day is an at bat for us....

And in life, and in fitness, a 58.9% success rate is something to brag about, and there's plenty of lessons behind it.  

About 3 out of 5...

About 3 out of the 5 conversations I have with a client go really well and make an impact on them. 

About 3 out of 5 people that inquire to our facility sign up and we can change their lives. 

About 3 out of the next 5 sessions will be "home run" sessions at Spurling today.

About 3 out of the next 5 days I'll get a workout in. 

About 3 out of my next 5 meals will be really nutritious one. 

About 3 out of 5....


It's failing in academics, but it's winning in life. 

There are two distinct lessons here:

1. No one goes undefeated in business, fitness, sports, or life, and that's the way it should be. 

2. It's ok to "strike out" a few times, as there is a lesson you can learn from each of those and look to improve the next time around.

Without those "losses" you don't know what you can do better your next at bat. 

No one goes undefeated.

And that's ok. 


Thank you, Professor Callahan, for teaching me a life lesson. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

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