Thank you Ms. Seniors...wherever you are. A conversation with Buddy McGirt


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.

LEADERS: Be a Ms. Seniors to someone in your life.


Key Takeaways:

  • 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]

Notable Quotes:

  • “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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