25,000 Group members!
Wow. I seriously have to pinch myself. It’s too surreal. The milestone of 25,000 Facebook Group members reached! Quarter way to the vision of inspiring 100,000 South Africans to live a healthier lifestyle.
When I left my career to pursue Sleekgeek full-time in September 2012, there were a mere 600 people in the group.
Another 24,400 awesome people later I’m stunned. If you can dream it, it can happen.
I was the first person in the group. It is a strange feeling to internalize what Sleekgeek has become in a short space of time with no marketing budget at all. The growth has been organic and viral by word of mouth and social media.
When we were at 600 members and I left my career I was quoted in the media as saying the first goal of Sleekgeek is to inspire 100,000 South Africans just like you and me to live a healthy lifestyle. People thought I was mad. That is our daily vision and mission. That is why I wake up in the morning!
The magic is that it is not just the numbers. They represent thinking, feeling people whose lives we are effecting daily in some way. If only to open up people’s eyes, expose them to more info and to share the journey with the support and friendship of others who are fighting the same battle.
No matter what our specific goals we are all united by one common cause .. To live a healthy life!
That is what makes Sleekgeek unique. We are not a weight-loss program or a product that you buy. We are a family.
Our family is bonded by the Sleekgeek code. A set of guidelines on how we behave towards ourself and others. You can read the full code over here (link) but we have summarized it in consultation with the community to the following keywords “Respect, Inspire, Uplift” – that is what a true Sleekgeek aspires to do each and every day!
So two and half years later here we are :)! I do hope that it is not going to take another 7.5 years to reach the 100,000 lives goal. I want to help more people sooner. We are always looking for new ways to cheaply reach new people and help them transform their lives. If you have any bright and creative ideas on how we can do that feel free to email me personally on firstname.lastname@example.org – I would love to hear your ideas!
Sleekgeek is still 100% self-funded by myself and our main income stream is the 8-week Challenges that run 3 times a year [Join the Challenge now]. That pays our living costs as much as possible. We now have a full-time team of 3 people. Me, Dominique Warr and Eric Chowles who are all here dedicated to give our community members an awesome experience with the Sleekgeek brand and continually innovate and improve what we offer you this year. We have some very cool plans.
Our dream is to help as many people for free as much as possible and we believe that nobody should ever be denied access to support on their health journey.
I love Sleekgeek and thank you for being a part of our amazing community.
Keep working at your health, inspire others and introduce new people to this special place.
Here is to the next 25,000!!!!