SEASON 1: THE CHAMPIONS
The Becoming a champion isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice, passion, and above all, commitment. It also sometimes takes just a few kind words from a trusted teacher or coach that can change your life forever.
In this episode, I had the honor of talking to my friend world champion and boxing HOF trainer Buddy McGirt, about his journey to becoming a pro boxer, the major influences in his life and how he was able to stay committed to his dream.
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How Buddy discovered boxing [2:55]
The day he discovered he wanted to be a trainer [5:27]
The moment he knew he was special [8:24
The influential coaches he had [20:44]
What Buddy learnt about himself on the way to the top[35:50]
How Buddy dealt with his fear [52:05]
“I’m going to give my mamma something to brag about.”
“The day after I joined boxing, I wanted to be a trainer.”
“If it’s important to you, you’d do anything to get there.”
“Most people think that they watch ESPN and Showtime and they think that’s pro boxing. That’s 1% of boxing.”
“In boxing, I tell people, it’s the loneliest sport in the world.”
“You can have 200 people in your entourage, and you get back to the hotel room and you’re all alone.”
When people think of becoming a champion, they only look at the glamorous side of things. With pro boxing in particular, people think that becoming pro is like what they see on tv: the championship fights and the heavyweight titles. But that’s only 1% of the journey. It can take years and years of perseverance before you even become a champion.
Someone who demonstrates incredible commitment is Buddy McGirt, a two-weight world champion who fought some of the best fighters in his generation. He is also a boxing trainer and was named Trainer of the Year in 2002.
Ever since Buddy set out to become a boxer, many people could identify the deep passion he had inside of him to succeed. But it didn’t happen overnight. It took him years and a few twists along the journey before he could get there, but he finally became the champion that we know and respect today.
In this episode, I talk to Buddy about the moment he knew he wanted to become a boxer, his ability to commit no matter what life threw at him, and his desire to serve and be a top trainer.
Leaders: This conversation is a demonstration in commitment and a desire to never quit. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do anything to get there.
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