We had the good fortune of connecting with David Fullwood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what inspires you?
I am extremely fortunate to have had some many great, wise, and wonderful role models in my life. My inspiration is founded upon what I’ve learned from my grandparents and mother. I learned at an early age to seek inspiration to start the engine. Seek information and learn from those that came before you and have learned so much during their journey. My grandparents were amazingly instrumental by inspiring me to never give up, avoid being bitter, being kind, friendly, staying humble and appreciative of all I have and believing in myself and others. My mother is my support system and breathes inspiration into me. I’m inspired by what I read and what I see. The amazing accomplishments of others and the resiliency they have inspires me to face the challenges and know that following your passion always prevails. I’m inspired by the ambition of others and their unyielding commitment to be the best version of themselves. People inspire me. The human spirit inspires me. Positivity inspires me. I believe inspiration is quite different from motivation in that the latter has to come from within. Inspiration often comes from above.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business/company is a group exercise studio located in Marietta. We specialize in helping people move better, feel better and live better. We offer an industry leading 15 various types of professionally developed and designed exercise classes. Each one our classes are led my qualified/certified group exercise instructors. Beyond offering a large variety of class types, we have a studio appeal and feel. We are most proud of our members, everyday people looking to be a non judgmental, clean, safe and comfortable environment that does not discriminate based on fitness level or anything else for that matter. In my formal life I helped others start and run their small business. I also gained experience as an education instructor and a group exercise instructor. I made it a point to pay attention, learn from others and actively listen so that I could learn. I knew I needed to walk the walk in order to talk the talk. By no means has our journey been easy. When we put together our business plan and went down the checklist, we had no idea the letter “P” didn’t just stand for “payroll”, We discovered “P” could also stand for Pandemic. That’s something we hadn’t planned for. We maintained confidence in our mission and vision. We knew we needed to be resilient, creative and resourceful and that’s proved to be invaluable. Sometimes you just have to live in what’s uncomfortable to realize the accomplishments you set for yourself. We also knew we must never take anything for granted and we would appreciate all we have. We continue to learn. Learn different things and ways. Listening to your customers and providing them with a positive and meaningful experience is the key to our success. We want to world to know, we deeply care about their well-being and vitality. Our brand is unique and how we began our journey is truly an Oprah moment. I learned in my late 40’s I had brothers and sisters I didn’t know I had. Fast forward some years and my brother and I started our own company.
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.
We’d definitely hang out at the Marietta Square. Check out Crispina’s for a delicious Italian dinner. I’d take my friend all around Atlanta to live in the culture of the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
100% of all I’ve learned comes from others. Many years ago I was inspires and awed by a book I read by Rick Pitino, “Success in a Choice”. Gaining various perspectives and reading others’ stories have given me such invaluable insight and have always helped me ignite my own creativity. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from many skillful and experienced role models. This is especially true during my career with a major corporation along with my work experiences with a small business. My bookshelf includes books written by people that will forever be influential to me, namely Malcom Gladwell, Ruth Zuckerman, Spencer Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sanjay Gupta, just to name a few. My loudest shoutout goes out to my family who have given me tireless support and encouragement.