We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaun Surgener and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shaun, what do you attribute your success to?
I tell people all the time you don’t have the be the smartest person in the room, you don’t have the be the most talented, but you do have the be the hardest worker in the room. You simply can’t outperform someone who has relentless dedication towards what they want. When I look back on some of the various successes that I’ve had– playing with a semi professional soccer team in high school, graduating pre medicine with a 4.0, moving to LA with $400 and no job to quickly investing in over 20 rental properties, building a successful business as well as investing in business while pursuing my dream of becoming an actor– the thing that has allowed me to prosper the most is that i’m VERY dedicated and I have this almost sacrificial focus to go after what I want. I’m willing to sacrifice A LOT for my dreams… I’m really not a super intelligent person, i’m not the most talented, but I promise I will work harder than you and will probably be more obsessed than you. The other factor is that I’ve always been obsessed with personal growth. I’m always learning more about myself, how I can improve my health and fitness, my finances, my business, my relationships, and simply how to live the greatest quality of life. That has been my biggest passion. That passion is what helped me create my life transformation company and has allowed me to help transform the lives of hundreds and probably at this point thousands of people over the years.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I first moved to Los Angeles to become an actor I had just graduated with a 4.0 as a premedicine major. Arriving with $400 and no job I honestly didn’t have much of a game plan other than just work some side jobs, keep myself afloat, and hope to break into acting quickly. While I landed some great gigs early on, I realized this was going to be a longer journey than I realized. I struggled a lot my first few years trying to figure out who I was, trying to establish a career, and build a life around my passions. How I became a life coach really started with my own transformation and rebuilding of myself. For about 4 years I had to begin rebuilding myself from the ground up. I transformed my psychology, my physique, my finances, and just after a few short years I went from struggling to stay afloat to investing in real estate, obtaining a physique I desired, and really getting a much clearer picture of who I truly was and what I had to offer. Many of my friends started seeing my transformation and asked how I had done it all. As I began coaching them I realized how much of a passion I had to teach others the breakthroughs needed to live life on their terms. This is how my coaching business started. I’ve been fortunate to be able to coach people full time and make a great living doing it. In addition I have invested in over 20 rental properties and property flips, I’ve also co-own a liquor store in nashville tennessee. What I’ve learned is that success really does take some time. What really separates those who truly get what they want from those who do not is the compound success principle. Its committing to simple daily disciplines that are easy to do but they are easy not to do which is why most people don’t do them. I think most of us think we have to do something super radical and make massive shifts immediately to become successful. We don’t. Every positive action we do has an effect and if we do them enough those effects become noticeable and over time the magnify into great results. Consistency, dedication, and constantly seeking growth is the safest and more sure way of getting more than you dreamed possible from your life No, my journey has not been easy at all. I’ve had countless days where I’ve questioned whether I should’ve just stuck to being a doctor. It would’ve been steady, stable, and would’ve paid great money. I’m not where I want to be in my acting career yet and that is challenging especially when others you know have started creating a solid career out of it. But then I think about how i’ve grown and that I know more about myself because of this crazy challenging journey. It’s during the most challenging times that we grow the most and discover the most about who we are. In terms of my brand it really is about creating impact and helping people create the breakthroughs needed to live life on their terms. I’ve helped people achieve physiques they didn’t think were possible, I’ve helped people create more passion and fulfillment than ever before, I’ve helped countless people who have felt lost and without purpose discover a passion and become excited about life, and I’ve helped those who are already achieving find greater fulfillment and success. That is what moves me. I’ve always loved inspiring people, empowering people with knowledge, insight, and growth. I think that’s why I’m also attracted to things like acting and music. Those things inspire me and I love to be apart of stories that make people think, that inspire them, make them cry, and have a profound impact on their lives. There’s nothing more rewarding than making a difference in someones’ life. I never really understood that until I began this part of my journey. Sure it’s great to make money, sure its great to have career success, but what will bring you the most fulfillment is knowing you’ve truly created a difference in the lives of others. The key to living is giving
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I’m pretty simple and some people would say i’m pretty lame as I’m not one to go out and party much. I’ve always been pretty dedicated to building my dream and living life on my terms. I am a MAJOR FOODIE though and I love being outside enjoying the wonderful weather and scenery such as the beaches, hollywood hills, etc. Usually when I show people around I will take them to some great sushi places, some korean bbq, my favorite donut shop… and in terms of where we would go, I always love going to Manhattan Beach, Third Street Promenade, the Universal City Overlook in Hollywood Hills, and I also love going to check out the real estate in Los Angeles. Of course there are the usual tourist attractions such as Hollywood and Highland, The Grove, Santa Monica Beach, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. To be honest though I like to spend more of my time in more relaxed and chill environments exploring the wonderful weather and beaches
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?
I’ve had so many AMAZING people along my journey. The reason I was able to even come to LA to pursue my dream of acting is because of a good friend of mine Jamie Mann. He helped me secure some manager meetings as well as introduce to a wonderful person I stayed with my first year out here. Of course I can’t answer this question without mentioning my parents who have always been loving, nurturing, and supportive of me in everything I do. In terms of mentors, most of mine have been online and through books. Some of the people who have had a massive impact on my life and my outlook are people like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, etc. These people really helped me stay focused and motivated to become the greatest version of myself. The book that started my whole transformation and my success was a book called 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In all honesty I’ve had way too many people who have been crucial to my ability to stay focused, inspired, and go after what I want most.