My Origin Story: Anthony Riggins
Generation Titans' "My Origin Story" is part of ongoing series to feature talented, innovative, and dope entrepreneurs of color (EOC). We are providing a platform where founders and creatives can tell their stories in their own voice and in their own unique way. These stories are not highlight reels, although they do highlight success. Also, these stories are not focused on only the hardships, obstacles, and racial inequality that entrepreneurs of color face, although they do squarely address these challenges. Today, Generation Titans catches up with Anthony Riggins, founder of Fitness By Riggins, to hear more about his origin story and journey as an entrepreneur.
Stories like Anthony's are American stories that push the culture forward, spark conversation and connections in the startup ecosystem, and also inspire a younger generation of entrepreneurs. These stories and the founders are a counter narrative. Through "My Origin Story," Generation Titans is proving that the pipeline of EOCs exists--despite the media's prevailing deficit narrative about entrepreneurs of color.
WHO ARE YOU?
I am a 26 year old African American man. I’ve experienced many ups and downs through my journey called life. I received a full ride scholarship to play football at Fresno State and later received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU Stanislaus. My college experience was a humbling one, seeing that my dreams of playing in the NFL were cut short. This was a time where my only choice was to turn to God and allow Him to lead my life to where it is now. I am now a fitness coach who also likes to do motivational speaking.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND HOW HAS THAT SHAPED YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
I am originally from Vallejo, CA, which is in the Bay Area. Vallejo is a city with a really nice upscale side but also a bad side. Growing up in Vallejo has shown me that the average human is never satisfied with their life. My reason for saying this is because I’ve seen people from the nicer side of town act as if they were from the “hood,” while people that were actually from the “hood” are ashamed of where they live.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WON'T TELL US ABOUT YOU?
I am an observer and a thinker. I like to think things through before I pursue anything. I have learned that jumping into something without careful observation always leads me to making the wrong decision.
WHAT'S FITNESS By RIGGINS AND HOW HAS YOUR JOURNEY AS A FOUNDER SHAPED WHAT YOU'RE DOING AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Fitness By Riggins is the name of my brand. I want to take fitness to another level for all people. My goal is for people to develop a mindset that fitness is a lifestyle and not a hobby. I want to help change lives and lead more people to God through fitness.
WHAT DRIVES YOU TO CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY?
What drives me is knowing that God gave me a desire and it is my duty to pursue what I have been called to do.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR SIXTEEN YEAR OLD SELF?
To always stay the course. There will be distractions and temptations, but never lose sight of your purpose for being where you are.
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Keys to Heavens Economy, by Shawn Bolz.
WHAT ALBUMS OR SONGS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ON HEAVY ROTATION?
Speechless by Michael Jackson, Little More by Chris Brown, You’re so beautiful by Fred Hammond, and You are everything by The Stylistics.
WHAT DOES SELF-CARE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
A person has to be able to take care of themselves before they can take care of anyone else. You have to have self respect and make sure you are always striving to reach your full potential.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON THE INTERWEBS?
You can find me on:
Facebook: Anthony Riggins.
You can also search my website www.fitnessbyriggins.com, which is currently still under construction.