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Courage and Criticism

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition
— Steve Jobs

Last night millions of people witnessed Floyd Mayweather defeat Conor McGregor in a boxing bout in Las Vegas.  Over the past few months we have been hearing about each and every angle of this fight.  For many of us, this fight was met with positive energy and excitement.  However, for many others this was an opportunity to toss harsh criticism and negativity towards the event. I have heard, "Conor is going to get destroyed."  "Mayweather is only doing this for the money."  Even Oscar De La Hoya chimed in saying that these two fighters were, "disrespecting boxing."  We will never know either fighters motivation, and quite frankly, we don't deserve to.  

These fighters put in all the work and we are fortunate enough to witness the fruits of their labor. They are the ones waking up early to train, eating for purpose and not for enjoyment alone.  They are the ones spending the time and effort to keep their bodies in elite fighting shape.  These fighters sacrifice so much to follow their dreams, and we are fortunate enough to watch them along their journey.

So why do so many people feel the need to harshly criticize these fighters?  What if I told you it had nothing to do with these fighters at all?  It's true.  People have the option to ignore the fights that don't interest them, but they feel the need to say something negative.  The reason is, it forces them to think about themselves and for many of them, it's a stark reminder that they don't have what it takes to follow their very own dreams.  And it makes them uncomfortable.

Conor knew he was stepping into the ring with a major disadvantage but he didn't let that stop him.  He is one of the most confident athletes I have ever seen, and when he said he expected to win, I believed him.  We should all strive to be a little more like Conor McGregor.  If we truly want something, we should learn to push all the criticism and negativity aside and follow our hearts.  I, for one, truly believe that if I want something, and I put in the work that success is imminent. It will happen.  That doesn't always mean it happens, but I won't shy away from believing it will.  And that should always be case.  

I have been fortunate enough to share this planet with others that are doing what they were born to do.  When I watch my son's Sifu, John Simons teach JiuJitsu to his classes, I cannot imagine him doing anything else.  When I see my friend Chris Jack creating some of the most exotic dishes as a Master Chef, I cannot imagine him as anything else.  Lastly, when I see my friend Robbie Cutrell (see images) training for his next fight, embracing the pain and doing whatever it takes to prepare him for victory, I know this is what he was meant to do.  These are just a few people that inspire me and make me believe that this world was built by people who have had the courage to brush off criticism and follow their dreams at all cost.  

If you want to have success and be happy in this life, you must learn to deal with criticism head on.  How you deal with it is up to you, but never stop believing in yourself and never stop moving towards your goals.  Be confident, motivated and relentless.  Be inspired and unstoppable.  Be more like Conor McGregor.