24 Things About Me That You Probably Didn’t Know

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Yup, that’s me

Doing one of my patented dance moves. 

Don’t ask.

And yea, today is my 24th birthday – on the 24th of December. I think they call that your Champagne birthday.

The lack of an exclamation point might make you think that it’s not something that I’m excited about, but I am.

Really.

24 years of my life have gone by and I couldn’t be happier. An exclamation point simply wouldn’t do it justice.

A lot of things have happened over the past 24 years. A lot of milestones have been surpassed and many goals have been accomplished. I’ve met so many incredible people along the way that I am eternally grateful for. They’ve all inspired me to be the person I am today.

I’ve travelled to places that I never thought I would. I’ve accomplished things I sometimes never thought were possible. Over the past 24 years I’ve fallen down and gotten up hundreds of times, both literally and figuratively.

And I’ve loved every minute of it.

In the spirit of my 24th birthday, I want to do something a little different. Something I haven’t done here before. I’m going to get a little bit personal and share 24 random facts about myself that (most) of you probably didn’t know.

Taking a deep breath…

1. I speak two languages, but I wish I could speak more. I was born in former Yugoslavia and I speak Serbian. After the war back in the early ’90s, the country fell apart and my family managed to immigrate to Canada where I learned to speak English watching old Spiderman cartoons. I still speak both languages fluently, but I want to learn more. I’ve been studying Spanish (independently) on and off but I would really like to become fluent in it some day. They say you need to know 2,500 words to be conversationally fluent in a language. I’m definitely nowhere near that.

2. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Most people who I’ve met through my blog don’t actually know that I’m an Engineer by trade. I graduated back in 2010 from University of Waterloo. It was the most grueling 5 years of my life but I managed to get through it and now I apply that same work ethic to anything I do in life. I wear my iron ring around my neck to remind me of what I’ve accomplished (I hate wearing rings).

3. Basketball was my first love. I’m a big fan of the game. I’ve played the sport since the sixth grade and have always had dreams of making it to the NBA. Although it never worked out, I still play and I’m a still a huge fan. I will always love the game.

4. I am terrified of heights. I usually tell people that I’m a little bit afraid of heights. No. That’s a lie. I’m terrified of them. I want to go bungee jumping next summer because I know if I can leap off that platform, I can do anything.

5. I’ve never broken a bone. Knock on wood. With all the sports I’ve played and activities I’ve done over my very active 24 years of life, I’m happy to say all my bones are still solid. Thank you Calcium.

6. I love trying new foods. I will try anything. Once. With all the different cuisines I’ve tried from various cultures, I’ve found that you really can’t judge a food by the way it looks. I’ve tried some weird things. Fried cockroaches in Thailand probably top that list.

7. I am secretly a marketing addict. Although I think regret is a useless emotion, I sometimes secretly wish I could go back and get a degree in Marketing. That’s how much I love the topic. I’m not talking about blatant advertising here (it can be annoying). But good quality marketing is about deeply knowing your customer and their needs, being true to yourself and your message and developing solutions that meet the needs of your customers. I love marketing because it allows me to help (more) people. Everything I learn (on my own) I try to apply here on my blog.

8. I trained Muay Thai in Thailand. Two days after I finished my last exam, I packed my bags and flew to Thailand with a couple of friends for a trip that I’ll never forget. I spent three weeks training the art of Muay Thai at a local club in Chiang Mai. We trained 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. It was the most challenging, yet exhilirating time of my life. I lived and breathed Muay Thai for those three weeks. It’s hard to explain the feeling you get when you truly immerse yourself into something. It becomes a part of you.

9. I’m VERY sarcastic. My girlfriend would be the first one to tell you this. I’m sarcastic to the point where I don’t even know when I’m joking and when I’m not. The worst is when I meet new people and they think I’m 100% serious. The looks I get are priceless, but not everyone likes it. I don’t really care because I know my intentions are good. I enjoy making people laugh.

10. In my close circle of friends, I’m kind of known as the dancing machine. I think the image at the top says it all. Give me some music and I’ll give you some dance moves. I must burn a thousand calories a night when I go to clubs. I can’t help it.

11. My idea of killing time is flipping through anatomy books. I love the human body. I think it’s the most fascinating thing on the planet and I have a craving to learn every little detail about how it works. If I have some spare time, I’m flipping through anatomy books, fitness & health magazines and anything else I can get my hands on.

12. I love red wine. As you’ll see later, I’m not a big drinker. But I love wine. Red wine. I try to have a glass a day with dinner or at some point in the evening. I love wine from Chile and France. I kind of wish I had a glass right now…I’ll be right back.

13. I have a terrible memory. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a terrible short term memory. I blame it on my dad who is the same way. Absolutely anything I want to do (even if it’s within 2 minutes), I have to write down or do right away otherwise the thought is gone forever.

14. I have a herniated disc. You may have already read this in my About page, but it’s true – I have a slight disc herniation in my lumbar spine. It was a blessing in disguise really because it showed me how fragile our bodies can become when we don’t take care of them. It’s what got me started on my quest for a better body.

15. I listen to a lot of old school hip hop. I guess it started back when I got started with basketball. The stereotypes are true. Basketball and hip hop go hand in hand. I don’t really like a lot of today’s hip hop – it’s just not like it used to be. You’ll hear me bumpin’ Juicy on most days of the week.

16. I’m addicted to learning. It’s kind of geeky actually. But I love learning new things. It’s sort of an addiction. I find that the more I know, the more I will be able to help people.

17. I find glasses annoying. It’s not because of the look, but the hassle. One day, when I get the balls to do it, I’m going to walk into that surgery room and get myself some laser eye surgery done. When I get the balls…

18. I’m a sushi connoisseur. Oh God I love sushi. I love trying new sushi places. It’s an adventure every time I go. And it must be all-you-can-eat. It just must.

19. I’m not a big drinker. After ending up in the hospital at a resort in the Dominican Republic, I had it with alcohol. In those quantities at least. I love having a beer with friends or going a little crazy once in a while at clubs, but I don’t find I need it to have a good time. Now life is my drug of choice.

20. I’m addicted to numbers. No, I’m not talking about doing math problems. I just like numbers. I like measuring, tracking and monitoring them. Why? Because this is how I see change. This is how I know what’s working and what’s not. And this is why I waste so much money on fitness tools and gadgets that will help me do this.

21. I don’t read fiction books. I love to read. But non-fiction is my first choice. I’m always wanting to learn something and I find that I get the most out of non-fiction books. I’m not saying there aren’t lessons to be learned from everything we read (because there are), but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I love old and new fitness books, journals and studies. I love anything related to nutrition. I enjoy all sorts of marketing books and personal development books. If you have any books you’d like to recommend, write them in the comment section below.

22. I always wish I had stayed in better touch with my family. Ever since I moved to Canada, I’ve been far away from my grandparents, my aunts, my cousins and all the people I wish I had here with me. Although it should never be an excuse, I just find myself too busy and forgetful to stay in touch. To make that call. Just writing it down here makes me feel pathetic. You can learn a lot from this one. I’ll be right back…I need to make a quick call.

23. I’m a huge Tim Ferriss fan. His books (4Hr Workweek and 4Hr Body) have inspired my quest for a better body and a better life. I’d love to meet him one day, shake his hand and say thank you.

24. I have a feeling that my blog Bloom to Fit is gonna blow up one day. Not in a bad way or anything. But I truly believe in my heart that people will understand what I’m trying to do here and will want to be a part of it. They’ll see what I’m trying to build and will want to help me build it into something bigger. Life becomes so much more exciting and joyful when you have a body that can support your activities and I believe that we all deserve a better body. I want to help people get there. I want to help them live their lives to the fullest.

Thanks for taking the time to read all the way through this post. I must say it was quite refreshing to write. It feels as if some weight has been taken off my shoulders.

Because it’s my birthday, I have a gift for you (kind of backwards right?). I’ve recently put together a brand new ebook titled 50 Tricks to Instantly Build a Better Body and I want to give it to you for free. Because I’m nice. You can get it here.

All that I ask in return is that you share it with the world. Help me spread my message. And I’ve made it super easy for you. All you have to do is click here to share it.

I wish you guys the happiest of holidays!! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I’m heading out to celebrate my 24 years of existence.

Cheers!

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Comments

  1. Interesting insights.

    Muay Thai looks cool. Can’t believe you did that and never broke a bone.

    Maybe you should start a dance instruction blog too, lol…

    • Thanks Jason. Ironically, Muay Thai strengthened my bones due to the high volume of kicking, punching, and elbowing of extremely heavy bags – I think they filled them with rocks lol!

      I like the idea of a dance instruction blog haha I’m just not sure if people would want to follow these moves. They’re kind of…unique :)

  2. A good book on marketing, branding and some of their effects:
    “No Logo” by Naomi Klein

  3. Troy - Cube Dweller Fitness says:

    Happy Birthday!

    The Muay Thai adventure sounds epic. That would be so cool.

    Engineering and an MBA make a nice mix. You can always do that later.

    • Thanks a lot Troy! Muay Thai in Thailand was an awesome experience to say the least.

      As for the MBA, I’m still not sure yet. It seems like just about everyone has one now. It’s not what it used to be. Have you gotten yours?

      • MBAs are becoming like belly-buttons; everyone’s got one.

        I opted for an MS-MOT, Master of Science in Management of Technology. It gave a unique twist by focusing on how new/emerging technologies can be brought into board room discussions. It has opened quite a few different doors since I got in 2001. (Man just typing that out makes me feel old. At least we just got back from a day of snowboarding, so that balances it out some.)

        A few years of practical industry experience before a masters degree can be helpful.

  4. Thanks for sharing, man! I’m a big fan of numbers as well. My favorite classes in college were the really esoteric ones such as linear algebra and differential equations.

  5. Anna Kuznetsov says:

    I’d recommend all four books by Malcolm Gladwell (non-fiction). They’re a must and will satisfy your curious mind.

    Loved the post!

    • Thanks Anna. I’ve read Outliers and absolutely loved it. I’m moving onto Blink after I’m done with the Steve Job’s biography. I heard Gladwell’s book Tipping Point was really good too. I don’t know anything about the fourth one.

      Any other recommendations?

  6. Srdjan,

    Happy birthday man! I’m also big into non-fiction reading, especially health and fitness books. I would have recommended 4 Hour Body at the top of my list (I’m also a Tim Ferriss fan), but I see you’ve already read that so my second favorite health and fitness book is probably Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint. Cheers and all the best in 2012!

    Alykhan

    • Thanks so much Alykhan! Yea I’ve read all of Ferriss’s stuff (looking forward to his 4Hr Chef book). The Primal Blueprint is another must I heard. Thanks for sharing! All the best in the new year!

  7. Pretty cool list, Srdjan. I’ve never broken a bone either…I know I’m way lucky for that because I’ve gotten myself into some pretty dumb stunts. I’m also pretty sarcastic as well… my deliveries are usually so deadpan that I can rouse some pretty priceless looks out of people. It’s all in good fun, anyway.

    Thanks for sharing these . It’s always great to see how cool people are on the other side of things.

    -Mitchell

    • It’s nice to see there are people on the same level of sarcastic as me :) But it’s always in good fun – that’s the point of it.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog buddy, it’s always good to see you around. All the best in the new year!

  8. Pa sretan ti rodjendan brate! :) It is so nice to see someone go away from Serbia and grasp the opportunity and make something of himself! Make us proud, man! Happy New Year from Serbia!

  9. Secrets revealed!! You studied Mechanical Engineering and now you’re so brilliantly running a fitness blog? now that’s what talent and skill are all about. After coming to know about your qualities I’d say, you’re multi talented. Also, now you’re young and ambitious but never forget quality time with your loved ones. May the New Year unfold for you great success.

  10. Srdjan,
    Love the post man. Your experiences help shape this blog, and make it the great place it is. I hope you reach all your goals in 2012! Marketing is addictive. I’m totally into it as well, but my customers are my students. Strange way of looking at it, but marketing a message applies to all kinds of disciplines. Great inspiration. **I think your blog will blow up too**.

    Cheers,
    Jordan

  11. So why can’t you go and do your marketing degree now? What would stop you from doing that?

    Seriously; you are afraid of heights but you want to go bungee jumping? I could never do that!

    • I just finished my Engineering degree about a year and a half ago so I’m not really ready to go back to school again. Maybe one day (soon) I’ll get to it.

      Bungee jumping is the only way to cure this fear. 2012 sounds like a great year to conquer this beast :)

  12. Hi Srdjan,

    You trained muay thai in thailand? So jealous :] It’s great to see you adding a very personal touch to your blog in this way. I think I might follow your example!

    • Haha yea a lot of people tell me that. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my life.

      I’m looking forward to seeing your blog grow!

      • I’m not surprised! Incidentally one of my flatmates just got back a few hours ago from 3 weeks in Thailand. The stories make me want to go even more and the photos aren’t even out yet.

        A couple of weeks ago I started approaching my blog in a new way. I used to write a post and then spend ages afterwards optimising it and rewriting it and I quickly burned out and only wrote about one post a month. Now I’m writing one post every second day trying to keep it as results focussed and short as possible (I kinda think that most people these days are overwhelmed on too much information) and then the following day I’ll optimise it and rewrite it, this small difference is keeping my motivation sharp.

        • Thailand is all about the stories! You gotta go at some point for sure.

          You’ll notice that the blogging thing is all about finding ways to motivate yourself. There will be ups and downs and you’ll be learning new things all the time. That’s what I love about it. My goal now is simple: provide something of EPIC value to my readers. As I learn and experience new things, I share them in a way that people can benefit from in some way. And I truly enjoy every aspect of it.

          Good luck and keep in touch my man!

  13. Check out Visionary Life – great book for anyone on a quest to be the best they can be.

  14. that’s the one. and his followup Visionary Business is equally awesome.

  15. We have 9, 15, 16 in common and I think your right about 24. Good luck when it does happen.. :)

    Good Read.

  16. Good stuff man! Long live mechanical engineers. I did my MS in Mech Eng and it was beyond brutal, so I hear ya on that for sure! Excellent work making it through.

    I agree that heights suck. I thought jumping out of a plane would cure my fear of heights –nope. I even tried it twice, so I would not recommend it.

    Keep up the good fitness work here and keep asking questions.

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

    • Thanks for the kind words Mike. Mech Eng was definitely a battle but I gained so much from it so I’m thankful I pushed through.

      As for heights, I hope bungee jumping will do the trick?

  17. OK Srdjan!!!! where have you been all my life hahaha… Happy late B-day…. Im currently in love with you blog =)

    thank you
    B

    PS: if you have any Spanish question, feel free to ask (its my native language)

  18. Your background is so similiar to Sadik Hadzovic’s (IFBB Men’s Physique Pro) and you close in age too.

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