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Jay Cutler has devoted his entire adult life to bodybuilding. He's found success as a pro competitor, a businessman, and an ambassador for the sport. His hard work has made the Cutler name synonymous with "champion." Undoubtedly, Jay's legacy will include the words "one of the greatest of all time."
You'll leave a legacy, too, even if it's not forged from a superhuman physique. What's it going to be? No matter how you choose to dedicate your life, you can learn from Jay's legacy. As long as there is a stage for flexing, Jay Cutler will have a powerful impact.
Living Large Legacy
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Jay began bodybuilding with an all-or-nothing attitude. "I thought, if I'm going to be a bodybuilder, I'm going to see how far I can take it," he says.
Jay "took it" far. He was immensely successful, even from the beginning. "Early in my career, I was successful at almost every show I did; I turned pro at my third or fourth show."
Because of his early achievements, there was a lot of pressure for Jay to do well at his first Mr. Olympia contest in 1999. "I finished 15th out of 16. That was the only time I've ever questioned myself," he confesses.
He won the Night of Champions in 2000. "After that show, I knew I could be very good. That's when I knew I could be the best, and soon." Alas, Jay's first Olympia title was delayed for half a decade. He finished behind Ronnie Coleman four years in a row.
It wasn't until 2006 that he finally became Mr. Olympia. He went on to win it again in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Now, he's training for his chance to win another Sandow.
Blueprint for Success
Jay's success was earned with his incredible will to win. "I have something [other competitors] don't have, and I don't even have to know them to know that they don't have it. It's very rare. It's the drive and determination to be your absolute best," Jay explains.
Jay's ability to match mind with muscle has helped him climb Olympus, but not without sacrifice. "I pulled myself away and became very secluded. I missed time with my family. I missed birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. But that's what makes me so good. When training starts, I don't answer telephones; I don't have time to talk. It's just the nature of an athlete."
But Jay's attitude toward bodybuilding has been changing. "Life goes by quickly. That's when you realize there could have been a lot of opportunities to spend more time with the family," he explains.
"I'm still competitive, but that's slowing down. I want to win one more Mr. Olympia, but I also want to keep moving forward and find success off the stage." Jay is a bodybuilder, and will always be a bodybuilder, but when the time comes for him to transfer his focus to business, the groundwork will have been laid.
For now, Jay takes a lot of pleasure in life. "I just enjoy taking every day at a time at this point," he says. He may or may not be the 2013 Mr. Olympia, but no matter how he competes in September, you know he'll leave it all on stage. That's what champions do.
5 Tips to Secure Your Legacy
1 Invest In Yourself
There's no such thing as a "bad investment" when you are the venture. "The money I made and kept was the money I invested in myself," says Jay. Your investment doesn't have to be money. Putting time and energy into who you are and who you want to become will change your future in positive ways.
2 Learn From Your Mistakes
"You have to make mistakes before you learn," Jay says. "That's why I've become successful; I've already made all the mistakes." Everyone makes errors, but not everyone learns from them. If you do, you'll be prepared for whatever lies ahead.
3 Move Forward
Work hard for your dreams, but don't stagnate. "Yeah, I'd like to win Mr. Olympia one more time," Jay says, "but I realize that I need to keep a level base and keep moving forward to have success off the stage." Your success doesn't have to come from one place. Your happiness should come from multiple outlets.
4 Stay True To Yourself
There may be times when you're asked to sacrifice your beliefs. True commitment to who you are and what you stand for is a key to creating a personal legacy. "I think the dedication to being who I was and staying who I was shows that if you work hard and long enough, good things will happen," says Jay.
5 It's How You Win
"It's not about how many times you win, it's about the fashion you win it in," Jay Cutler declares. You can be rich, but so are art thieves and trust-funders. What matters is how you got there. Be unique in your accomplishments and you'll find your legacy will shine much stronger.