Second Chances and Second Street Fitness

In general, Iowa, is just full of hard-working families that do whatever they have to do to survive. And Webster City is no different. We get up and we work hard. Because that’s what we know out here,
the routine. But sometimes life changes. My name is Donovan Cusey. I’m a RV Tech at Good Life RV, and I am the
owner of Second Street Fitness here in Webster City. Electrolux had been here forever. Nobody ever thought it was going to get up
and leave. And you understand big business is like that, but man, did it affect a lot of people. I was riding around on a forklift for thirteen
years and you think, “This is safe and I’m content.” And then, all of a sudden one day, you find
out that you’re getting a change in your life, whether you want it or not. It was scary. I’m a single parent. How was I going to take care of my family? How was I going to make sure that they had
everything that they needed? But you put your faith in God, and you take
a step forward, and the next day, you take another step, and you just keep
trying to do what you need to do to provide for your family. And really, it was the best thing that happened
to me, because it got me out of being in a rut. It got me thinking of bigger possibilities. I mean it gave me hope that I would open my own gym. I was afraid this place wouldn’t open, ‘cause
we had numerous setbacks. We were supposed to be open in July of ’16,
and things kind of got pushed back. We were going to open in August, and got pushed
back, and… I had to invest a… a lot more money… than
I had planned to. Almost double… I was scared to take that step out because
of what it could mean to my family if it failed. I mean ’cause I was putting everything on
the line. But, you get to a point in your life to where you
can either, let things happen to you, or you can – take control of it. So I took the leap. December 17, 2016, we opened our doors. Within the first three weeks,
we had like 80 people. And we’ve still got more people coming in. We made it. We got the doors open and
it’s been a success since. I work at Good Life from 8:00 to noon, and during my lunch hour, I come to the gym. And then, for that hour, I might train somebody
here, and then I go back to the Good Life. And then, after 5:00, when I’m done there,
I come back to the gym. And I’m here ’til, usually, 9:00, 9:30 at night. Eventually, I want to be working
at the gym full time. But working at Good Life right now is great,
because it’s reliable. I learned my work ethic from my dad. He worked long hours to support his family,
so that’s what I do for mine. Success, for me, doesn’t have
anything to with money. I’m not a very money-driven person. If I had this and my family left, that’s not a success story. That’s nothing. If I can pass on something
to my family, that’s what’s successful. If I can provide a better life for them, that’s success.

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