CEOwise Words with Manny Rivera – The main driving factor around the success of Planet Fitness.

CEOwise Words with Manny Rivera – The main driving factor around the success of Planet Fitness.


What do you think is the main driving
factor behind the success of Planet Fitness? I think, in the beginning for me,
what people called delusional or stupidity was passion. Passion is something that you can’t learn, it’s got to come from inside. Yeah. No matter what it is. You stop at nothing. And you know I tell my kids, you know if you’re gonna choose something to do in your life, enjoy it, don’t get caught in the trap in doing something
that you’re trapped in and then, and then what do people do they go into debt, and
then now you got debt and now you have a job that you hate, and how much time do
we spend at work, in our lifetime? Work it out right. Yeah. So you know
really find something, so for me you know I’ve always just loved this business I
started in Manhattan and it just got into my blood, and I was lucky
because it’s such a great business to be in, you know. I don’t have food that, you
know shrinkage, and all kinds of issues and you know, stock. We’re selling a
service and hopefully a very good one at that, at a very good price. But yeah I
think passion is number one. Okay number two is, I think, your wife is important if
you’re married or your partner. Yeah. Because they need to support, because
you need emotional strength as well Sure. But I think, I was fortunate
enough to have my two business partners Willie Brase and Mannee de Wet, they started the business with me from day one I gave them some sweat at
equity. Yeah. And they’re still here with me today, which is almost thirty years
later twenty-seven, twenty-eight years Yes, round-about twenty-eight, twenty-seven years later. So, people, we talk about this technology
revolution and all that is happening and in many ways is good, but you know, you’re gonna have reboot without a drama soon or maybe not but maybe whatever it
is it’s happening it’s it that’s happening already
it’s coming it’s not you know whatever man thinks in this mind happens
eventually. You know in cartoons in nineteen fifties they were showing
people flying to the moon okay what happened so whatever man thinks happens, but I think you know really people yeah it’s you know does I don’t care how
advanced technology gets okay you need to surround yourself with people that
are better than you. Yeah. That’s what a a true leader does. A guy that’s
afraid to hire someone because he thinks he’s better than him,
is certainly not a good leader. Sure. Because if you’re better than me I can
do less work. Absolutely. Hopefully. Awesome. Manny thank you so much. I
really appreciate it.

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