IM THE FIRST WORD PUBLISHER’S LETTER No One Owes You Anything The iron game can definitely teach us a lesson or two about life. When things are weighing you down, there are only two ways to go: Push back or be carried out on a stretcher. There are no other options. And just like our workouts, life throws some heavy days at us. When that happens, just handle it, sunshine. No one said that life is fair and that we always get rewarded for hard work or doing well. Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our microwaved pizza waiting for the week- end again. It’s interesting that they never teach us in school about it. Instead, they make us believe that there is a certain life formula where you become a part of the system and it is simple to get what you want if only you do this and that. But nobody warns us that sometimes we won’t get what we want even if we do everything “right.” Then what? Then we start blaming everything and every- one, feeling like a total failure, making us question everything we have done. Many don’t deal with that so well. There are people who can eat all they want and still have abs, while some of us look at carbs and get fat. Some become royalty just because someone related to them 500 years ago was royalty, while others are born in a slum. Some get pro- moted at their job with minimal effort, and others stay at the same freaking position for years no matter what they do. Yeah, you get it. The world doesn’t care who you are or how important you think you are. Honestly, nobody outside of your immediate family and circle of friends really cares very much about you, because you don’t impact their lives. Most people are focused predomi- nantly on themselves. If you want to know how much you’ll be missed when you’re gone, put your finger in a bucket of water and then remove it—the hole that is left is how much the world will miss any of us. Here’s the deal: Life is not fair, and we just have to deal with it. Keep trying, stop blaming, look ahead, stay persistent, stop looking at what others have, and mind your own business. At the end of the day, nobody owes us anything. Binais Begovic Publisher PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF: Binais Begovic PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Dr. Catherine Begovic EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Mike Carlson LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: Binais Begovic CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Randy Laybourne EDITOR AT LARGE: Lonnie Teper COPY EDITOR: Gretchen Haas DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR/ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER: Natalie Minh BRAND MANAGER/SALES DIRECTOR: Jesper Nyden ACCOUNTING AND FULFILLMENT DIRECTOR: Sonia Melendez NEWSSTAND CONSULTANT: Angelo Gandino FOLLOW AND LIKE US Twitter: @ironmanmagazine Facebook: facebook.com/ironmanmag Instagram: @ironmanmagazine YouTube: @ironmanmagazine Snapchat: @ironmanmag 10 APRIL 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com CONTACT US Binais Begovic, PUBLISHER: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Catherine Begovic, PUBLISHER Lonnie Teper, EDITOR AT LARGE: email@example.com Jesper Nyden, ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: firstname.lastname@example.org Jaimie Huynh, OFFICE COORDINATOR: email@example.com, 310-295-1972. SUBSCRIPTIONS: 888-881-5861 firstname.lastname@example.org THE IRON MAN MARK IS OWNED BY WORLD ENDURANCE HOLDINGS AND IS USED UNDER LICENSE. We reserve the right to reject any advertising at our discretion without explanation. All manuscripts, art or other submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send submissions to IRON MAN, 8370 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 320, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. We are not responsible for unsolicited material. Writers and photographers should send for our Guidelines outlining specifications for submissions. IRON MAN is an open forum. We also reserve the right to edit any letter or manuscript as we see fit, and photos submitted have an implied waiver of copyright. Please consult a physician be- fore beginning any diet or exercise program. Use the information published in IRON MAN at your own risk.