Tommy, you’re a man of many talents and have built a reputation for being ‘Mantastic” – where does this term come from, and what qualifies as living the Mantastic lifestyle?
A MANTASTIC life is a MANS Life that is Fantastic. In short you are living a Mantastic Life is you are living the life you wish to live and spending your time doing what you love. This means that a Mantastic Life is different for everyman. For example…If you love going fishing every weekend…and you do that…then that is MANTASTIC. However if you love fishing and you never go because you are too busy with work and not creating time to do the things you love, then that is not mantastic at all.
I have seen so many guys make money but all they do is work, and they are not happy…I was one of them.
I made no time to do the things that I loved and I didn’t make time to spend with the people that I love…All I did was work…and outside of work I didn’t really have a life…which was not mantastic at all or what I call MAN-NOT-TASTIC.
What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your professional career and how did you do it?
The biggest challenge that I had to face was trading in a great corporate pay check and a successful side personal training business to “start from scratch” and fund the two projects that I wanted to do which were the TOMFIT GYM and the Manastic Life education program. I had lots of comfort and security however I knew that if I stayed “comfortable” I would never be able to do these two projects and I knew that if I committed to doing them that there was no way I was going to be “comfortable” for at least a couple of years.
As an Entrepreneur how do you stay motivated and avoid burning yourself out?
This is a great question. In the Mantastic Life program we use the analogy that you run your life like a business. For example I am the CEO of Tommy Pty Ltd.
As the CEO I am responsible for the performance of my company. As part of the training to become a great CEO I needed to know what my vision and values were.
When you know what your personal values are you can then set goals that are in line with them and that will lead to fulfilment and the creation of more energy and happiness and you can just spend your time doing what you love.
When you do something that you love you will never stop thinking about it and constantly be coming up with new ideas to make it cooler or better…just because you love it.
Of course you need time away and balance to keep sharp.
For me I love getting away for the weekend with my girlfriend and travelling somewhere around every 90 days or so. I also make sure I take the time to chat to my parents on the phone and make time for exercise. I keep things pretty simple.
I know you have worked in and been part of high pressure / high income, sales driven environments and stepped away to follow your own career dreams….how did that go for you?
Thats true. And I am thankful for that time as it really helped me develop a skill set and great work ethic that has helped me in my own ventures. Stepping away definitely wasn’t easy ( I wish I had done it a year or two earlier) however it was necessary…I believe that if you have dreams that you have to go after them…
The reason why is that you can always go back to what you were doing (or something similar) and you have the skills…For me, like everybody else who has followed their dreams I had to give up comfort and security…and a few nice things. But once I did it I realised that it was the best thing I had ever done…and I never started with all of that stuff anyway and once it was gone I didn’t miss it.
You own a gym, Tomfit, among other businesses and often trade the Dolce and Gabbana shoes for trainers… how has this contrast changed your outlook on business and life in general?
I love it and I find it very refreshing and grounding. I come from a small country town in Australia where everybody talks to each other and nobody cares whether your shoes are D&G or a name brand.
I used to think that in business that you needed to wear a suit and tie and that you had to put on a “ front” to be successful. Through running the gym I have been blessed to meet some very successful business owners and they have taught me to be humble, work hard, be myself and to be genuine.
I know you’ve met some inspiring people and amazing business minds, who left the biggest impression on you, and why?
I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people. The person who left the biggest impression on me has been Bill Phillips. Bill is the author of the worlds best selling fitness program “Body For Life”, amongst many other huge successes in business.
I had always wanted to meet him as I had followed his work for such a long time. The amazing thing was that when I met him I learnt something completely different to what I expected.
When I met Bill I was a little bit materialistic and sought fulfilment through “things” rather than finding it internally.
Bill taught me the importance of being others centred and focusing on creating value for others and being a good person.
If you could give one piece of advice to businesses and entrepreneurs who wish to further their success, what would it be?
Have passion and resilience. Passion so that you are doing something that you are obsessive with and passionate about. This way time passes effortlessly and the things that you are doing are just cool ideas that you would like to bring into reality.
Where resilience comes in is that sometimes things get tough….not everyone follows through on their promises and people can be difficult sometimes. You can run out of money, things take longer than expected…the list goes on. However because you love what you do this just makes you tougher and giving up isn’t an option.
I have learnt that it’s important to embrace the ups and downs and that often the downs teach you your greatest lessons – you just do not really realise it or become grateful for it until about 6 months later.
What’s next for Tommy Mantastic? what should we look out for in the future?
My goal is that the Mantastic Life program becomes the Worlds number 1 Health, Exercise and Lifestyle program globally! I would love to spend the rest of my life making a huge impact on others.