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Christopher Montoya on How Iron Sharpens Iron

Christopher Montoya

Christopher Montoya, the president of Thrive Business Development, discusses peer-to-peer groups, his leadership philosophy and more.

What is the most important piece of advice you ever received, and who was it from?

“Don’t let anyone define you or put limits on your future.” Also, “It doesn’t matter what you’re doing — do it to the best of your ability. If you sweep floors, be the best floor sweeper, and someone will see you and give you an opportunity for more responsibility.” My mom made sure I knew the power I had to define my future, and I am forever grateful for that.

As a member of Club Solutions Mastermind Groups, what benefits have you experienced as a gym operator and leader? What is the greatest value of peer-to-peer groups from your perspective?

The benefits I have received from my Club Solutions Mastermind Group are invaluable. Having a moment to hear other industry professionals’ thoughts, ideas, struggles and successes is key. As leaders we are saddled with a lot of responsibilities and stress. Having a group of people to talk to openly about all that comes with that gives me new perspectives I can’t get in my own bubble.

What is the importance of gym operators having a peer-to-peer group they can bounce ideas off of?

Peer-to-peer groups allow me to see and hear another side to each situation or idea. It also encourages me because I get to speak to others who are also pushing to get better in their business. Iron sharpens iron.

What is a recent takeaway you’ve had from your group?

Probably the biggest takeaway is I am not alone in my pursuit of success or my struggles — both professionally, as well as with work-life balance.

Would you encourage operators to participate in peer-to-peer groups, such as a Club Solutions Mastermind Group?

Participating in a mastermind group is beneficial because it allows you to hear other perspectives on business. The collective knowledge will push each of us to be better and it flows down to our teams, which ultimately impacts our members.

What is your business motto that you try to live by and pass along to your team?

I try to live by and pass on to my staff this rule: “Make mistakes, make them quick, and only make them once.” Mistakes are part of life and if we learn from them, we will progress quicker. The handcuffs of trying to not make a mistake slow us down and I want my team to have the opportunity to move forward.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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