Floyd Mayweather is one of the all-time greats. What lessons can we learn from the champ to improve our own lives?
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Love him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather is a master at his craft and one of the best boxers to ever grace the ring.
With the undefeated professional record of
49-0 50-0, the man just does not lose and always draws huge PPV numbers.
He’s truly built an empire around himself and his boxing skill, and “Money” Mayweather and has used this skill to become one of the wealthiest boxers ever.
Can we learn a few things from Mayweather? You bet!
School’s in session friends, let’s take a few lessons from the boxing master.
We Need to Outwork Our Competition
While his competition sleeps, Mayweather trains. Sometimes he’ll get in workouts at 3 am. This non-stop training mentality has helped Mayweather excel to the highest reaches of boxing. While our own competition is sleeping or partying or “chilling”, we need to be working. Even when our competition is working, we need to be out-working them. Remember: there is someone right now going harder than you in your chosen craft! How does this sit with you? Let’s change it!
Lesson: Just do the work, tirelessly, relentlessly, and never ever give up.
Have the Ego to Match Your Skill, and Vice Versa
Floyd has big ego with lots of confidence, and he should. He is the best and he acts like it. Confidence comes from doing, and doing great, and if you’re really great at something, let people know. Don’t be annoying about it, but don’t be afraid to let people know what you’re about, because you are in fact your own biggest fan.
Lesson: Ego and confidence isn’t bad – that is when you are the best (or even great) at what you do.
Self Promotion Isn’t Bad Either (If There’s Substance)
If Mayweather wasn’t the best in the world, all his talk would mean nothing, but since he is the best, he has the right to talk all he wants from his bed of cash. If you self promote without substance you’re a faker, and you will be laughed out of the building. It’s imperative you have some substance before you try to promote yourself and your work, or else you’ll just be an intruder, always.
Lesson: Toot your own horn, but only if you can back it up with substance.
Do What You’re Great At (Even If It Means Skipping School)
Mayweather dropped out of high school to box and actually make money. While I do recommend kids finish high school, college should be treated with caution. Are you great at something that you can do without college? Do it. College will always be there as a backup.
Lesson: Don’t think you have to follow a script or a manual if you want to taste success. Success has no rules. Follow your heart and blaze your own trail.
Only The Best Get Paid
Mayweather is rich, and that’s an understatement. But before we look at the money, we need to know there’s a reason he gets paid handsomely. Mayweather is the best and he draws huge ratings. He brings tons of entertainment value to a large number of people because of his boxing skill. People eagerly want to watch him fight. The masters at their craft get paid. Now with this being said, money isn’t really something to obsess over. It is, however, a good measuring stick. It shows how much value we create, so we really can’t write it off completely.
Lesson: Become the master of your own domain and you will be paid accordingly.
Boom! How’s that for some food for thought?
But we’re not done yet!
Without further ado, here are three knock-out Floyd Mayweather quotes quotes to motivate us to succeed.
“A true champion will fight through anything.”
My take: Yes they will, and only those that aren’t champions give up when things get a little tough and well before they’ve tasted success. If it’s important to you, fight for it and get it, no matter what it takes.
“When I step in the ring, I bring everything I have.”
My take: There’s no other way. When you step into what it is you do, it doesn’t matter what it is, bring everything you have and leave everything there. There is no half-assing. Half-assing is for the mediocre.
“I come from a very rough background, and I’m saying that if you work hard and dedicate yourself that you can make it, too.”
My take: We all come from different backgrounds, but we can all change our situations through the work we put in, but we gotta put in the work! Mayweather most likely came from a rougher background than most of us, and if he can make it, we sure as hell should be able to.
Every successful person can teach us a lesson, and Pretty Boy Floyd is no different.
We can fight our way to the top, but first and foremost we just gotta work, believe in ourselves, have the confidence to promote ourselves, and do what’s best for ourselves.
Are you putting in the hours needed to succeed? Can you see yourself at the top of the mountain? Are you the absolute best at what you do?
If not, let’s get to work!
Here’s to your success,
Featured Image Credit: Floyd Mayweather Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez by Ian McWilliams [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons (modified by author)