Vic Magary taught karate, fought for his country, authored multiple fitness guides, helped countless clients meet their fitness goals, and still had time to get a law degree. Now Vic runs a solo practice in Ohio while counseling fitness clients online and taking care of his dog Coda. I knew of Vic from some of his fitness work, but when I found out he was a lawyer practicing less than an hour from me it seemed silly not to meet up. I spent an hour picking Vic’s brain and learning (once again) that nothing is achievable overnight, and progress is rarely a straight line.
The Measurement of Success
Your weight is a clearly measurable value. You step on the scale, it displays your weight. But success is much trickier to gauge. It’s something that the media attempts to define for us, but in reality we have to determine our own definition of success. Once we know what it takes to be successful, we can set the appropriate goals to achieve it.
Vic has launched three different fitness guides and opened his own law firm. But if you ask him, he isn’t done yet. To Vic, success isn’t just a number on a tax return or the number of plates on a barbell. Personally, he looks up to men like Mark Sisson and Steve Maxwell. According to Vic, these guys have “transcended simply getting in shape and have shown a path to vibrancy and longevity.”
The Road to Success
Four years ago my main goal was to be a prosecutor. I thought becoming an assistant district attorney was the end game for me. Maybe it still is, but I’m not so sure. Even if I ended up in a prosecutor’s office in five years, opening one’s own criminal defense firm is a circuitous way of getting there. In our meeting, Vic pointed out that the road to success is rarely straight. Instead, that road has bumps, hills, and sometimes accidents on it. The trick is to get back in the car and keep driving. I’ll stop there before I strain the analogy so far it breaks.
The main thing I took away from my meeting with Vic is the importance of your own drive for success, however it’s measured. Vic continues to work towards his goals. He just co-authored a new book on how to get a six pack (spoiler: no “one easy tip” here).