I recently had an opportunity to speak with Ben Fritz, whose work ethic is as inspiring as his doughnuts.
By: Joshua Conner
One of my main motivations for featuring Ben Fritz is because he is the best of both worlds. His work ethics, motivational social media presence & entrepreneurial spirit, inspires me personally & professionally. While the company he co-founded Beacon Doughnuts provides not only scrumptious doughnuts, but is also a brand that positively impacts people. Fritz is a personal growth coach and co-founder of Beacon Doughnuts, based in Chicago, Illinois.
What is a day in the life of Fritz like?
“I usually get up at, let’s say 6 am. I get up, journal. So what journaling looks like for me, is basically freewrite, I have like a big notebook so, I just freewrite, one of those large pages, until I’m done. So it’s like stream of consciousness, I don’t have a specific topic or anything. Then after that I’ll write a gratitude list of 5 things that I am thankful for. I do a 10 minute meditation using the calm app, and then at that point, I’m ready to eat some breakfast. I get my breakfast, and then I head to the gym, and train a few sessions. Then I come back somewhere along lunch time. I come back, I make some lunch, then I’ll relax for an hour or so.
Usually for the middle part of the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30, I’ll do administrative type of stuff, and I’ll write anything that I need to get done. If I have errands to do, I’ll take care of that in that part of the day. Then I will go back to the gym for a couple of sessions at night or I’ll do some of my life coaching calls with clients. Then usually around 7:30 or so, I’ll call it quits for the night. I just try to eat my last bite of food, hanging out with my fiancé and my dog, do a little reading, watch some Netflix, and just some random relaxing time, and try to be in bed around 10:00,” said Fritz.
Fritz often posts insightful quotes on his Instagram, but which one is his favorite?
“Oh man, that’s a really good one, let’s see. That’s a hard one to narrow down, I have so many good ones. Oh, I’ve got a good one, I actually have it saved to use as a post on social media at some point, but the quote is:
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears,” said Nelson Mandela.
I know that it’s short, but so insightful at the same time,” said Fritz.
Fritz says the title of his life story would be, “You never know,” and Bradley Cooper would play him in a movie.
What donut matches Fritz personality?
“You know, I’m actually going to go with an old-fashioned, because it is very simple, but incredible. To me, I think I have very simple rules that I live my life by and I think it’s a great way to do it,” said Fritz.
Fritz’s most memorable year is this year, although he aspires to make every year memorable.
“I would say this year, and I hope the trend continues. I think if each year of my life is not my most memorable, then I am doing something wrong. It’s been like a crazy year for me, most recently had some health issues, I’ve kind of been in the worst health I’ve been in. That was a big challenge and still parts of it continue to be a challenge. I am grateful, I think it’s been an opportunity to open my eyes, just to me personally and life in general.
I got engaged last year, so it doesn’t quite fall in, I was 15 days short of 2018, but still I’m going to count that. So wedding planning, and learning a lot about my relationship. Which I always love to be learning, especially with someone else, I think you can learn at an even faster rate about yourself and who you are in a relationship, that’s been great,” said Fritz.
Fritz also explained this year is his most memorable because he opened Beacon Doughnuts with his cousin and he started life/personal growth coaching.
“I think just in general this year, because this has been a good year for learning. I hope every year, I’m doing bigger and better things, but also learning. With learning comes failure and success, and that’s what I want. So this year was great, but I hope to make next year more memorable,” said Fritz.
Extra Content: I asked Ben if his mantra were a hashtag, what would it be? You can follow me on Instagram & like my Facebook page @MrJoshuaConner to find out.