We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam McAtee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As Nelson Mandela voiced, “there is no passion to be found playing small and settling for a life that’s less than one you’re capable of living.” To reach one’s potential, they must take risks. In order to do so, it’s essential that we relinquish the fear of failure, and recognize that failure is part of the process of our evolution. One’s success does not rest in their ability to avoid failure, but in their courage to fail. Thomas Edison failed over 1,000 times to make the light bulb, but that isn’t his legacy. His legacy is the successes he had from the risks he took. I’ve taken plenty of risks in my career, and I have recently taken a risk of going back to school to achieve a doctorate in physical therapy. I’ve invested over $110,000 in my education in hopes of creating more in return. It’s easy to look at that figure and call it an awful investment, but how would I reach my potential as a movement educator if a backed away from achieving the highest education available to me? So, when I approach a risk rather than focusing on what could go wrong, I realize that it’s process of my success of reaching my human potential and encourage others to do the same.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business as a Pilates Instructor is multifaceted. I have knowledge and training in both the classical and contemporary approach while applying my education in exercise science to my practice. In my home studio, I offer a unique experience of both Pilates and Strength training to not only get the typical results from Pilates, but achieve the benefits of strength training as well. I have also ventured into the role of an educator for other Pilates teachers by facilitating teacher trainings and workshops. I am the founder of the workshop, “Where Pilates Meets Exercise Science” in which focuses on teaching Pilates teachers principles of exercise science and applying it to both group and private Pilates sessions.
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.
I would take them up the coast and spend an abundance of time at my favorite beaches – including Will Rogers Beach. I would also entertain them with some great shopping and street shows at the third street promenade before hitting the Santa Monica Pier. Lastly, a sunset dinner at Nobu in Malibu is a must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I learned how to be a fearless leader from a mother, Dana McAtee. A woman and entrepreneur of grit, with a relentless spirit and kind heart.