108: Shawn McIntyre: Taking Responsibility and Moving Forward in Life

Shawn McIntyre is the CEO and founder of Shawn McIntyre Fitness and the fitness program “The WorkOut of Your Life.” McIntyre is an international cover model, a pro fitness model and a published author. He offers online and private training and leads speaking and workshop engagements.

Favorite Success Quotes

“Earned and not given.”

Key Points

1. You Do Not Need to Prove Yourself 

Quit trying to prove yourself to the world.

Quit trying to show everyone else that you are enough.

Quit feeling the need to have others validate your worthiness.

At the end of the day, the only person that you need to prove anything to is yourself.

Plain and simple.

If you are trying to prove yourself to others, your success will never be enough because there will always be someone else who is bigger, someone who is richer, someone who has a hotter girlfriend, and someone who drives a nicer car.

You will never be able to appreciate the success that you have because you will be focused on what you don’t have that other people do.

So quit comparing, quit looking for validation and accept that you are good enough just as you are.

2. Change Yourself to Change Your World 

You cannot change the world if you are not willing to change yourself.

If you are allowing bad habits, negative thought patterns, and weak behaviors to dictate your life, then how the hell do you think you will be able to have a positive impact on the world?

How can you show up in your marriage, your job, or your friendships with power and authority if every action that you are taking diminishes your own sense of self-worth and confidence?


If you want to change the world, start by changing yourself.

As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

You cannot influence and inspire others until you make the change in your own life.

So get to work, starting now.

3. Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life 

In your life, there is only one person who is responsible for your results, one person who is responsible for all of the good and all of the bad.

That person is you.

No one else.

Not mom, not dad, not the system, not Uncle Sam, and not your friends.

You are the only person who is responsible for your results.

And since you are responsible for everything in your life and everything not in your life, you have the power to change anything that is in your life right now.

Embracing responsibility gives you power, it gives you the ability to take control of any negative situation and make it positive.

So quit blaming others and start accepting responsibility for where you are.

4. Just Do the Work 

This might sound simple, but so few people are actually willing to do it.

Just do the work.

I don’t care if you are hungry, if you are tired, if you are struggling.

Just show up and do the damn work.

Nothing good ever came to anyone who wasn’t willing to work for it.

If you want to achieve greatness without work, then good luck.

Shut up, show up, and just do the work.

5. Commit and Trust Yourself 

To achieve real greatness, you must be willing to commit to one thing and trust yourself to see it through to fruition.

If you are constantly bouncing from project to project, from industry to industry, and idea to idea, you will never achieve success.

Mastery and high levels of achievment require that you commit.

Commit and don’t look back.

If you want to be great in real estate, network marketing, or social media marketing, then great.

Just commit.

Commit to stick with it no matter how hard it is or what struggle you have to go through.

Influential Books

The Power of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


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