Jim Stephenson – A Fintness Engineer
Jim Stephenson grew up in Australia and Canada. He’s fond of playing team sports and in high school he began to develop a keen interest in math and physics. Later on in his life he began to pursue his passion in health and fitness.
Growing up in Australia and Canada I played team sports, including rugby and soccer. I began to develop a keen interest in math and physics in high school. I decided to apply these skills and study mechanical and biomechanics engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Upon graduation, I turned down comfortable office jobs to pursue my passion in health and fitness. I have since fused my engineering and fitness expertise, resulting in my current position as the operations manager and lead equipment engineer for Studio Fitness as we begin a global franchise!
What does “home” mean to you?
As Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros illustrate,
‘Home is wherever I’m with you.’
In my case, ‘you’ being family and friends. My geographic definition of home is forever changing and the only consistent aspect in each change or move, is who I am with.
What do you think “local” means?
In my opinion, the definition of local is rather subjective. In most eyes, I have never been considered a local; born in Australia, moved to Canada at age 5, and moved to Hong Kong 18 years later. With world travel becoming more and more accessible and affordable, the definition of local is becoming rather blurred.
Do you think it’s important to feel like you belong to a certain place or a group of people? Why or why not?
“do not get too comfortable where you currently belong because it could very easily change without notice.”
Yes and no. It entirely depends on where you are in life and your life aspirations. When we are young, yes, it’s important to have close friends and a sense of belonging, but if you have high career aspirations it’s important not to burn your ships. In other words, do not get too comfortable where you currently belong because it could very easily change without notice. I am not saying do not call a place home (as mentioned above) – call it home, make friends, but be prepared for change.
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