Floyd Mayweather’s rags to riches story is one we should admire.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayweather had to overcome many obstacles to earn the right to where he is today, an undefeated world champion in Boxing; from witnessing his dad supplying drugs to his mother, clearly robbed at the 96 Olympics to having numerous criminal convictions.
From his artistic jump rope routine, sharp punches on the speed bag to his renowned mitt work with his Uncle Roger. Floyd Mayweather is arguably one of the best athlete’s in the world.
Love him or loathe him, the numbers don’t lie. According to Forbes Magazine, Floyd topped ‘The World’s Top 20Highest-Paid Athletes’ in 2014, beating the likes of Christiano Ronaldo (Spanish Football), Lebron James (Basketball), Roger Federer (Tennis), without the advantage of representing a mainstream sport and sponsorships.
Many great boxers have tried to unlock the blueprint to annihilate the self proclaimed ‘TBE’ (The Best Ever). All 47 have failed.
A smart boxing practitioner, Floyd has proven time and time again, he can always adapt to his opponent by displaying his skillful defense, followed by vigorous counter punching.
5 Success Principles We Can Learn From The Champ:
Dominating the sport of boxing for over 15 years takes some serious delayed gratification. From a very young age, Mayweather had consistently made choices which limits the ability of getting something quick, for the path of being able to achieve something bigger and better.
Backed by his desirable work ethics as though he never gets tired, he can spend the early unpredictable hours in a fitness gym, before tearing down the heavy bag with over 10,000 punches the following day.
‘Do you think I gave up my whole life just to say there’s someone better than me out there? Absolutely not.’ – Floyd Mayweather
2. Self Resilience
Mayweather picked up a bronze medal at the 96 Olympics in Atlanta, after a controversial lose against a Bulgarian boxer, Serafim Todorov. Also at the beginning of his professional career, he was without his trainer and father Floyd Mayweather Senior who was imprisoned for drug trafficking.
Many obstacles could off halted the champ’s success, yet he managed to come out on top.
Although known to have a ‘big mouth’, Floyd never fails to back it up from setting the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history to defeating undefeated champions (at the time), most notably Ricky Hatton.
Mayweather Vs Hatton fight:
In one interview, a subject was brought up about his unfair demands before inking a fighting deal. Without hesitating, Mayweather spilled out a reminder on how he (as the underdog) respected whatever Oscar De La Hoya requested before their match up back in 06.
The interviewer swiftly moved on, reminiscing the aftermath.
On camera, Mayweather never forgets to mention how thankful he is to God, family and friends, and acknowledges his success all comes down to his loyal team.
Run a search on a lot of other boxers today, and you’ll likely find the amount of trainers, hand wrap specialists, strength and condition coaches they’ve dumped and moved on from over the years.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
Although he may be the celebrity in the camp, Floyd is open to invest time and money for his people, if they’re up for exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in their own rights.
“Floyd Mayweather must love himself first, before I can love anyone else.”
A man brought up with the love of money, influenced by his father who used to bring home hard chunks of cash from street dealing, Mayweather is never shy of exposing his daily spendings and wins from gambling.
However, being smarter with his investmens, he’s aware of the amount of boxers and other athletes out there who eventually become broke, even after earning over 8 figures in their sport.
He broke the rules. Deciding he no longer wanted to have someone above him making the decisions, he left Top Rank and started up his own company, Mayweather Promotions. A risk many boxers wouldn’t dare to step in, Floyd hired a smart businessman (Al Hayman) to plan out strategic moves.
Thankfully it’s paid off. Every fight announced, Mayweather is in control of the finance. He takes 100% of the revenue, continues to build a reputation for his promotions and he is even in charge of paying his opponent.
From this, he’s managed to leverage and monetise his ever-growing business portfolio (Filthy Rich music records & The Money Team clothing).
5. Law of Attraction
The intention was never to seek external validation. Floyd’s successful career attracted Hollywood actors, rock stars and billionaires…most notably, Warren Buffett, the richest investor in the world who visited the Mayweather gym in Vegas.
It’s not a surprise these days to see an A-list actor like Eddie Murphy show up just to catch a glimpse of the champ working his craft. For once, it’s a great chance for celebrities to be out of the lime out.
It’s not bragging and boasting, the proof is in the pudding.
I’m a big fan of Pacquiao, but I have to say Mayweather should have it in the bag. There’s a ton of pagans who will never respect the undefeated champion but will certainly be curious about this incredible match up. Even people all over the world who aren’t boxing fans are ecstatic about this.
Let’s see what happens on May 2nd!
Who are you picking?
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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