Rich Piana was proof positive that no matter what the era of time – if you work hard, your dreams will come true. He was up against youtubers half his age. He was initially ridiculed by them, but over the long haul, those same trolls just couldn’t get enough. His biggest critics evolved into being his biggest fans. He didn’t slap people across the back, he didn’t make silly voices, he didn’t wear wigs, dress up like superheros, do headstands, pose to the Robocop theme song or front a rock band. He started out being a bodybuilder with a vision, he didn’t become anyone else, and he stayed true. He didn’t need a supplement company to back his play. Was there a risk in going solo? You bet your ass there was, but to a guy like Piana, the risk of failure wasn’t a deterrent. He stared at failure in the face and trucked right through it.