We had the good fortune of connecting with Jhon Merizalde Ortiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jhon, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
It starts with passion. We are born with the desire and curiosity. The consistency with our curiosity will always keep you learning. Indeed, by natural occurrence, you will keep going. In there, you will find sources of motivation or inspiration. But to give up? That’s when you have assessed the risks involved. To gain, we must make sacrifices, even as intangible as time. If the sacrifices become your inner happiness, then give up. Happiness is more in the journey than the destination. The true warrior within will never give up because that was your calling and purpose.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others that are in fitness, there are more than conventional routes to reach an outcome. I believe one pursues habitual practice to keep emotional mental mind state check. Keeping yourself busy with the practice you love, it will serve you well. When you are not in tune with everyday life, anxiety and fear will arise. Fear is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. I got where I am today, knowing I am not alone. It was difficult but everything is difficult like for example being lazy becomes hard and being productive becomes hard. Just choose your hard. Challenges that I had to overcome is the validation of myself for myself. Maybe I couldn’t get the desired outcome I wanted, but it wasn’t the time for it. One of the biggest lessons I learned, is to attempt and spend time with yourself as much as possible (yes, away from TV and Phones too). We are always trying to avoid part of ourselves, but we must be friends with that part of ourselves. I want the world to know is to remember to practice being compassionate being without conditions too. This can help your professional life be productive. Everyone has a story, you have a story too. Practice listening so people can approach you. To obtain respect, you must learn how to give it. Yes, people use and mistreat one another. But the only opinion and validation about yourself that matters is yourself. Set out goals and attempt to accomplish them at work. You see the eyes outwards, but what does one see inside? have you invest time to see that? You’ll see that no one is perfect. So judge less, we are all going through inner battles. This is the good fight people once a time talks about. This is more than just “knowing”, is about practice giving you endless feedback about yourself. Your reaction is always what you want to examine. This is the start of great service. Service yourself well and you will serve others well too. Judge less, be more compassionate.

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.
Can’t give an exact setting, it depends on the friend. I will learn their hobbies are and then choose a setting around them. As longest, we can practice an activity together that at least the other person enjoys. That person may not like drinking, so I won’t be drinking. It depends on the person. I am very respectful of another person’s interests and time spent.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My good family at UHD Sports and Fitness. My sister at heart Liboria Chavez, Melissa Crews, and Robert Gonzales. A book that changed my views to a more balanced lifestyle with determination is a peaceful warrior by Dan Millman. You are the 5 people, you casually interact with so far it seems true. So surround yourself with more positive, productive, and positive people

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Yahaira Navarro and Deanna McDougal.

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