SEASON-4 / EPISODE -7
There are plenty of people who quit when the going gets tough and life knocks you down. Jerry Forrest isn’t one of them, as he actually got knocked down not once, not twice, but three times and kept getting up. This wasn’t surprising to those who know Jerry, as I am lucky enough to. On this week’s episode, I had the privilege of sitting down with a fighter who I’ve worked with and whose resiliency I’ve witnessed firsthand: Jerry “The Slugger” Forrest. I was in Jerry’s corner for his recent heavyweight bout with Zhilei Zhang and watched as he battled back from three separate knockdowns to earn a draw.
We relive the fight and what was going through his mind during it, break down his career leading up to it and how he’s learned that mental preparation is just as important as physical training, how doing a lot of smack talk before a fight doesn’t mean anything if you don’t back it up, and the changes he made when he didn’t feel invested in. You’ll learn about Jerry’s start in boxing from neighborhood fights to the unique gym he started fighting in, turning pro rather than trying out for the Olympic team, and why he listens to Denzel Washington to get ready for a fight. Our discussion is sure to shed light on principles that anyone can use in their daily lives to help them prepare to tackle their goals. This is an absolute don’t-miss tale of mental fortitude, physical stamina, and why faith in yourself should be borne from sacrifice.
LESSONS FOR LEADERS
You don’t need the newest equipment to succeed. Drive and determination are what matter.
You may not realize it but the skills you’re gaining at one point in your career can help you later.
Try and be as well-rounded as possible in your professional career. It can be valuable on different projects and in different situations.
Being a little cocky isn’t bad. Having it define you as a characteristic is when you can get into trouble.
Preparation is important for any walk of life. Don’t expect something to be easy. It’s when you do that it can be the toughest.
How you’re able to shake off a setback can say more about you than how you handle a victory.
As much as you think you can, there will come a point where you can’t succeed on talent alone.
Take yourself seriously first and your challenges will be taken seriously after that.
Never underestimate the work. It’s what will help you get to the next level.
Don’t be afraid of a challenge because the preparation will be hard. Backing down from the work says a lot about you to others.
Mental fortitude should never be discredited. The mentally strong person is more likely to succeed.
The right psyche can push you through the toughest of challenges.
The faith that you have in yourself, the faith that you earn can carry you through the toughest of times.
Jerry Forrest Career Accomplishments
Professional since 2012
Key Conversation Takeaways
3:50: How his penchant for neighborhood fights led him to the idea of boxing
8:12: How a trip to a unique gym sparked his career in boxing
12:15: Dealing with the death of his coach
15:50: Early pro experiences and how he had to change his perception after his first loss
22:30: What he did following a humbling experience, including a management change
30:17: How the fight before he worked with Bruce happened
33:50: What went through his mind when the Zhang fight was announced and how the preparation was different
41:15: The fight with Zhang and his thoughts throughout
58:22: What advice he has for anybody struggling to get back on track
4:27: “Nobody messed with the good guys.”
6:20: “I never really ran from it. All the confrontations from high school, the thing about it was, I kind of ran towards it.”
7:29: “Putting the gloves on is a lot different than putting the pads on.” 9:25: “You don’t need a ring to box. You need a ring for the wins.”
12:26: “Everything I did as a child prepared me for boxing. I just didn’t see it at the time.”
14:53: (on his decision to go pro at 23) “It’s already hard enough to work and take care of home and take care of the family and still fight amateur.”
16:37: “I always thought that if I could touch you, I could knock you out.”
24:30: “…You can never get comfortable. You can never subsidize your talent. Everybody needs that push.”
33:54: “I thought about redemption. It was finally time to prove that I’m the hardest working heavyweight, that I do put the most work in, and I am willing to push it to the limits.”
39:39: “It was no longer, ‘Do the best you can because I’m working (on the side when he was an amateur).’ I’m in the gym so there’s no excuse.”
41:23: “When the bell rings, I’m going to unleash hell on him.”
45:31: “Looking at the fight, those knockdowns look way worse than what they were to me mentally. But if I wasn’t mentally prepared for it, I would’ve been destroyed, probably by the first one.”
48:36: “Do what you know you can do.”
51:30: “Whatever you do man, don’t be too cocky.”
52:48: “This deep painful suffering and sacrificing over a period of time, it gives you a deep sense of faith. It’s that faith that carries you through a rough time. It’s that faith that picks you off the floor. That faith can’t be given. That faith has to be earned.”
58:25: “Consistency is the key and not just consistency but the proper consistency. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”
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