My name is Brian Nunez,and I want to be as real, and honest as I can be so you will understand who I really am, where I came from and what I am truly passionate about and why. Throughout my life I have accomplished a lot of really great things that I am proud, however, it was my struggles that helped me succeed. Many times we see what someone has accomplished and think that road was easy. My story is far from that and I proud of who I am and what I am becoming each day.
If someone had told me when I was younger, what I would be doing today I would have looked at them as if they were crazy. Public speaking, giving keynotes, coaching pro athletes, CEO’s, and business professionals, was something that I couldn’t even fathom at a young age.
I grew up in a small town in the central coast of California called Santa Maria. I was raised there with my three sisters. Growing up, even though I excelled in sports, I always felt disconnected. Disconnected from myself, and others at times. Playing sports was something that I did well, but it wasn’t who I was.
My parents got divorced when I was 8 years old, and that’s when I really started to develop more and more into introverted personality. We went from having it all to being to being bankrupt in the blink of an eye. Seeing that relationship unravel took a toll on me as young kid, and because of it, I kept a lot of things to myself emotionally for a long time.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
What I didn’t realize was that I had planted a seed of emotional dishonesty. My ego at young age told me to portray a life where everything was great, and I had no problems at all. I used to think problems were a sign of weakness. I didn’t want to look stupid, or immature, although often times I felt like the dumbest person in school. Having ADD, school never came easy to me. I was constantly restless and distracted, never able to focus on one thing at time. I could focus for a about 10 minutes on a test then just fill in the rest, out of boredom. This would be a pattern that would continue throughout my and into college.
Growing up playing sports kept me grounded. It was my outlet for expressing and releasing what I had bottled up. Of all the sports I played growing up, football was the game I loved the most. I didn’t realize it then, but football was my alter ego growing up. I could be assertive, take chances and risks without worrying what people thought about me, I could be vulnerable by always wanting to be coached on my weaknesses. But the one thing I loved about sports was the stability of a team, a family.
Finding my passion and purpose was something I struggled with for many years. When my days of playing college football came to an end I found myself even more lost and confused. I was constantly questioning who I was, what I wanted, and where was I going in life. I had a lot of limiting beliefs that held me back from really creating and understanding my passion and purpose.
I was more confused than ever. So I decided to take one of the biggest risks in my life and move away to a place where I didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t know me, Australia. I needed to figure out who I was, without sports. What was I most passionate about? What did I want to do with my life? Who was the person I wanted to become?
When I came home at the age 22, I was more connected to who I was but had lost connection with some of the people that were closest to me. I was on my path of finding myself and in pursuit of finishing up my degree, along with going to school to become a firefighter. Having always had a desire to help people, for years I thought being a firefighter would be the career that would fit me best. While going to school I worked a few jobs, and one of those being a personal trainer.
Working as a trainer was where my passion of helping people turned into my purpose. After all of the schooling was done with SJSU and EMT school, I had made a commitment to pursue being a performance coach as my full time career. With no idea how to make it a career, or how much money I would make, I followed my gut and knew that it was my calling to proactively serve people.