Winning Attitude – Dustin Mitchell

From Wiki:

Ryan Thomas Gosling (Movie Actor/Musician) was born in Canada. Because of his father’s work, they “moved around a lot”[2] and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Ontario,[8] and Burlington, Ontario.[9] His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother.

Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, “hated” being a child was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was “14 or 15″In Grade 1, having been heavily influenced by the film First Blood, he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess. This incident led to a suspension.[13] He was unable to read[17] and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), prescribed Ritalin, and placed in a class for special-needs students.[18] Consequently, his mother quit her job and homeschooled him for a year.[18] Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him “a sense of autonomy that I’ve never really lost”.[7] Gosling performed from an early age. He and his sister sang together at weddings; he performed with Elvis Perry, his uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute act,[19] and was involved with a local ballet company.[20] Performing boosted his self-confidence as it was the only thing he received praise for.[16] He developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent didn’t sound “tough”. He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando.[21] He dropped out of high school at the age of seventeen to focus on his acting career.”

The rest is history. He has become a successful Actor, director, producer, writer, musician, and restaurant owner.  He is only 32 years old.


My troubling times occurred throughout my high school days because I wasn’t into the “normal” things like everyone else was. In high school, as some of you may remember, jocks, cheerleaders, preppies, smart cross country kids, rock & rollers, comedians, and some cases druggies usually dominate the school. It seems these cliques/groups in majority of high schools in America dictate who is allowed to “fit-in” to these so called perceived cool cliques.  I was in the band and also the boy scouts.  The band and the boy scouts are not considered so called “cool” group. Therefore, I Went through some depressing times plus relationship issue with bullying that took place throughout my high school era just like Ryan did when he was growing up in Canada.


Troubling Times

When you are a typical high school kid with some repeated bad events happening to you, your attitude tends to be programmed to act like a loser.  Plus, we often focus on negative aspects of life not looking ahead of the ultimate goal. We are constantly scared and unsure of daunting future.  We spend our scarce energy on negative issues instead of focusing on the goal.  Arnold Schwarzenegger told the reporter that he’s lost $200 million in potential box-office bucks by serving two terms as California’s governor. However, his goal was to become a governor of California and he has reached his goal no matter what the consequences he has faced.  Why?  He wanted to be the governor of “Kalifornia”.

I am Dustin Alexander Mitchell I am a 24 year old born in 05/14/1989. I am an undergraduate student at Penn State University at the Berks campus. I am majoring in Kinesiology with a business minor with my ultimate goal of managing/owning my own gym. I love structure with maintaining discipline my in life. Without structure and discipline, I feel lost. Fitness gives me goals to strive for that keeps me driven and pushing hard. Despite not being part of the popular cliques in my high school, my music talent from being in the marching and concert band from the time of 3rd grade until I graduated high school gave me skills in music apprehension. Also, I was in Boy Scouts and reached the rank of Eagle Scout by the age of 16 which is something I am proud of today. I have the tools and knowledge to live off the land if our world falls apart.


I graduated high school at an overweight 212lbs and was very unhappy with myself. I went into the summer of 2008 with a goal of losing weight so when I went off to college I wouldn’t gain my freshmen “15” as they say. I successfully did this through my first year of college by dropping my weight down to 184lbs. From that point on I continued to weight train 5 days a week and try to watch my diet. As the years past, my knowledge for fitness and diet started to grow and expand to help me shape my body and my diet to where it needs to be to achieve the best possible results. With my first competition this year I weighed in at 169lbs. My body has totally transformed from when I graduated high school until now, even with my off-season weight of around 210-215, I am still leaner and in far better shape than I was when I graduated high school. Even though I know these facts, I still struggle with the mental image of my high school body perception in the mirror every day. I am going to continue to do bodybuilding and am currently prepping for my next competition in May of 2014. I will not settle until I feel I have pushed as hard as I possibly can to reach my goal of winning first place.

Therefore, my goal in life is to be happy with myself and what I have accomplished and I will continue to strive to reach my goals until they are met. I want to be able to help push others to better themselves and to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. I want to be someone who others look to and say, “Dustin, you inspired me to keep pushing harder”. I want to have a family some day and raise respectful, hard-working children that have the best manners and most respect for others. I also would love to be part of the fitness industry professionally by owning/managing my own gym somewhere down the road.


Moreover, my philosophy in life is to do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be. If you want something, go for it! Don’t let people’s negative comments keep you down or deter you from your goals, make them happen! People put others down because they are jealous of what you have, they are mad that they don’t have the determination and dedication that you have to reach your full potential. Never settling for anything less than what you’re striving for. Stay humble, push as hard as you possibly can, and never doubt yourself for a second to what you can achieve with dedication.

That being said, my parents are my biggest supporter of my goals. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to follow through with my bodybuilding shows or school. Also, my friends who stood by me and cheering me on to achieve my goals:

Hans Stolle– Has been there for me through thick and thin and supported me through so many hard times in the past 3 years.

Mike Evans– Who has been a great friend and boss that have been there for me during some of my hardest times.

Christina Curtaccio– Is like a sister to me. Always there for me when I need it most no matter what the situation is. She is also an awesome hair stylist!

Mitch Miller– is a great friend that has been there for me through my highest points and my lowest points. He has helped push me through workouts and different techniques of doing things.

Kevin Krause– has been a big influencing factor for me to enter my first show. As he was also a training partner and great friend he saw great potential in me and helped give me that extra push I needed to decide to compete in bodybuilding this year. If it weren’t for his pushing and persistence in me to compete I probably would not have competed this year.

Tyler Herz– has helped guide me through my prep and given me ridiculous amounts of advice and tricks to help me better my results. Since he competes in bodybuilding he has been through mental ups and downs of competition prep and knew what I was going through and helped me through numerous struggles.

Lastly, what makes me happy is putting smiles on loved ones faces. I try to make the people I care about the most feel special and happy as much as possible. I always put everyone else before me to ensure their happiness and I want to help people as much as I can to achieve their goals that they are striving for. Knowing that I make the people I care for the most happy and inspire people to push themselves makes me happy.


This is the mantra I live by:

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.           – Walter D. Wintle

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Finally, my next 5 years I would like to have a job security and be happy with where I am at financially. I want to save up and be smart about making money.  I would like to be successful in the fitness industry where I want to excel in body-building shows to make a name for myself.  I want to own a home next 5 years with a possible wife and a beautiful family of my own. I want to still be involved in bodybuilding shows competing with helping others to achieve their goals and aspirations. Here next 10 years, I want to have my own gym to help others achieve their greatness using my knowledge of fitness industry and education I received from Penn State University.

Dustin has completely changed his life-style and goals in life. He has conquered his unhappiness and decided to do something about it by working out and competing for body-building shows. His support system, his friends, and his family will be there for him until he has fulfilled his goals in life. Dustin’s goal of owning a gym, being number one in body-building will be realized. Stay tuned for more info on Dustin’s new organization on -SjC


11 Responses to “Winning Attitude – Dustin Mitchell”

  1. Alissa July 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm Permalink

    This is great. Dustin, you did a fantastic job not being affected by some bullies in High School that could have scarred you forever. Girls have it worse. I hated when those rich girls who flaunted their jock boyfriends and they think they own the school. I still remember those girls bullying other girls around. Some, I have seen them around with several kids divorced now and having profiles up on online dating sites looking for someone to help raise their kids. Karma is a bitch!

  2. Erica July 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm Permalink

    I agree Alissa. Dustin did a nice job dealing with the bullies and now he looks fantastic. What organization are you creating? Is it related to fitness?

  3. Elise July 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm Permalink

    Great Story. We have too many bullies running around in HS and some cases Colleges too. We cannot tolerate bullies or mean girls who thinks that the world evolves around them. Spoiled little brats who has no clue about life. Let daddy pay for everything and let them flaunt those dumb jocks who can’t even read, speak or write effectively. I will take someone with some talents such as music, brains over stupid jocks any day!

  4. Mark July 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm Permalink

    I agree with Elise. Too many bullies who think they are cool. Let their parents pay for everything.

  5. Alexis August 8, 2013 at 8:02 am Permalink

    Great story. I love Dustin’s goal of owning a gym. I am definetely joining his gym since results are there. Awesome abs! Let me know when you are ready to set up your thing, I would love to learn your secrets.

    • Emily August 8, 2013 at 11:20 am Permalink

      I am with Alexis. When are you going to setup your group Dustin? I also want that flat ab secrets. He looks really good from where he was.

  6. Erica August 9, 2013 at 10:00 am Permalink

    Great pics! This guy knows. Love the abs, muscles everywhere. Speechless.

  7. Cynthia August 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    I also like new body-building slide pictures. Did you starve to get this lean? What is your diet and training plan?

  8. Nicole August 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm Permalink

    Awesome pics. He has the evidence to acquire that coveted six pack abs.

  9. Amanda August 14, 2013 at 9:38 am Permalink

    I like the pics also. When was this? What is your training and diet secrets?

  10. Crystal Halstead August 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm Permalink

    I love this story. I can almost relate. This guy really turn things around. Any more stories like this? Is there any updates to this ongoing story?

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