I don’t typically write about guys who aren’t MMA fighters or trainers but this article was brilliant. He wrote on how an entrepreneur and a MMA fighter are alike.
Unlike in the sport of boxing MMA is different in mentality Vaynerchuk explains, “There is something different and interesting to me about the mentality of an MMA fighter that makes them look a little bit different to me than, say, a boxer.” Then Vaynerchuk says, “You know you’re going to lose.” In boxing you will see a fighter with a perfect 12-0 record, but the problem is that he hasn’t fought anyone talented. A little caveat here, when I say not talented I mean compared to them, they would crush me or any ‘average joe‘.
Anyway back on topic…
So, the fighter has never been tested in order to build up a great record that way they can build up the fighter and the upcoming super fight.
When it comes to MMA there can always knockout, tapout, or submission at any point in the fight. Even some of the greats in the UFC like Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, and Chuck Liddell have gotten caught at some point in their careers and lost. The important thing is the way the take the loss, get back up, and back to the drawing board. They have to work on the weakness that their opponent exploited in their game.
They have to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Vaynerchuk further explains, “On the flip side, when you’re an MMA fighter, even if you’re one of the best in the world, you just count on 3, 4, 5 losses.“
So, why do I bring this to your attention and the reason Vaynerchuk wrote the article.
Because like an MMA fighter in business you know there are going to be some wins and some losses. Ask any successful person in business and they will tell you that they have lost their share of battles. However, that didn’t get them down and they may have spent a day or two moping around but then they got back to work on another idea or on fixing the weakness in their game.
So, the next time you are lucky enough to have a loss, you can be proud because you know that you’re in the ring or octagon. You are no longer on the sideline just watching the fighters, but actually in there dishing it out as well as receiving.
Take that loss add it to your record and get back in the gym and start working towards your next fight. Tighten up your game learn some new skills, and most of all learn something from the loss.
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