▼True American Hustle V▼
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The THiNKiNG Man's Game: Mike Tyson vs. Floyd Mayweather Jnr. II
MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS | 2016 EDITION | VOLUME 6
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Both Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. are legends whose stories continue to unfold. Both have had to overcome adversity. Both, thus far, have survived. But for phenomenal success, the sane and pragmatic look to the younger Mayweather Jr. WHY?
Because, as Salvador Dali said: “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
Translation: Go-Getters are sustained by their ambition. Not what you teach them.
And WHAT is the linchpin of their ambition?
Answer: A well-calibrated, variably-timed phenomenal hustle. A WHY.
Tyson had Cus D'Amato, lots of star power, plus lots of dysfunction. Mayweather?
Uncle Roger, his Dad and lots of dysfunction.
It's easy to write articles and make videos encouraging people to hustle or grind. But ultimately, ambition is the key differentiator when distractions come knocking.
And here, Gary Vaynerchuk (above) complements Dr. Eric Thomas in True American Hustle IV.
Both Boxing legends can teach us a lot about grinding and hustling. But in Mayweather's case, HOW he sustained professional Boxing domination for two decades as an entrepreneur, without sponsorship, comes down to the ruthless level of ambition he brought to the table. Clone that DNA.
He had, and sustained a WHY that his greatest competitors (see bottom of blog) never managed to match. Fight night to fight night. Big fight, after big fight.
Friedrich Nietzsche said: “He WHO has a WHY to live can bear almost any HOW.”
So, WHAT is your WHY for grinding? For WHAT cause do you insist on hustling?
Do you even know the difference between the two?
Julian Mitchell couldn't have put it better:
Hustlers make the right moves and master positioning, while someone WHO is a grinder always searches for moves, seeking to master WHERE they’ve forcefully been positioned.
Someone WHO is a grinder can work tirelessly and see no return. Their sense of fulfillment is found in the chaos of moving at a fast pace, juggling multiple tasks, or simply being busy. However, someone WHO is a hustler makes sure every effort reaps a valuable return on investment.
Grinders desperately seek opportunity. If a slot opens, they step in without hesitation for the purposing of proving their worth to others. Hustlers put effort into existing opportunities to build on their vision and create additional opportunities with the value they already know they have.
Hustlers are not haters. A hustler respects the process and knows WHAT it really takes to achieve the seemingly impossible, while grinders often hate because they don’t understand HOW to similarly master the game.
No. It wasn't the time I read that, “Mike Tyson was having so much sex with female prison visitors and a prison drug counselor during his three year prison stint in the '90s, that he was too tired to even go to the gym and work out.”
No. It wasn't the time I read that, “He told second wife he had AIDS before she filed for divorce - he does NOT have HIV or AIDS.”
No. It wasn't the time I read that, “He had bloated up to 380lbs, binge drink, smoke and snort his way through strip clubs and bars.”
No. It wasn't the time I read that his nemesis, “Evander Holyfield was a serial head butter with ties to steroids.” No, no, no.
Rather — and you can search the exact quote yourself — it was the time he stated his WHY for wanting to get out of jail.
As I recall, from his own mouth, it was something to the effect of, “I want to get out of jail so people can see me fight.”
We all know HOW that turned out.
In fact, I wasn't even looking for the quoted article above. I don't go there. But WHAT jumped out at me was: That's the problem with the grind and/or hustle of a lot of people.
These are the same people likely to waste time railing about Boxers from generations long gone. MMA/UFC fighters and contemporary Boxers WHO couldn't teach them the first thing about HOW to get out of harm's way, —like the defensive genius right above. HOW to be phenomenally successful. HOW to out-think rivals trying to cheat an already rigged system as they work(ed) their way to the top. Not just in combat sports, but conversely, in both financial investment and personal investment. Yet:
There are critical qualities that can’t be taught that every entrepreneur must master to realize a massive vision. [AKA, leverage]
During my last paid business trip, one of my several new mentees of 2015, an athletic five-star hotel employee and previous boxer, one of 4 for whom I created an 8GB flash drive full of self development media, revealed to me everything I needed to know about WHAT was wrong with his hustle. Simply by telling me WHO inspired him, as a Boxer.
We won't get into the specifics. But 2016 is a great year to thoroughly reassess the STATE of your hustle. And the STATE of your grind.
Make sure you seek advisement from mentors WHO are also hustlers that can teach you proper planning, positioning and WHAT moves are really worth making. The best leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
The very fact that I'm publishing this means that I am, and do feel convicted by the same imperative. Because mine isn't perfect either. But as Billionaire Businessman Anil Ambani said: “Concentration can be cultivated. One can learn to exercise will power, discipline one's body and train one's mind.”
Generally speaking, people WHO appreciate my Blog don't watch TV, don't have time for (video) gaming, clubbing, spending countless minutes or hours on long distance calls that aren't entrepreneurial in nature; about making a difference; or go-nowhere crowds and trivia. Nor do they have a Social Media presence without clearly defined purpose.
Their WHY for hustling and grinding isn't necessarily about private jets, yachts, penthouses, big mansions Bugatti(s), BMWs, bling bling or other bragging rights, either. As Bill Gates has said, being a billionaire is “overrated”.
Graduate from the grind and continue to refine your hustle. That is the difference between an internship and equity – peaking as a boss and evolving into an owner.
WHAT matters is building the inner mental muscle to overcome any HOW. Because without that, success will always be fleeting. And you'll always default to “broke”/financially dependent, or out of business. WHY?
Because your competition — and don't be naïve, I'm not talking about the competition you can see — is more hungry, more determined, ruthless and more relentless. Which is WHY being phenomenal is less about obsessing about your competition, and ALL about out-working, out-preparing, out-thinking, out-smarting, out-delivering and out-amazing them.
Your choice. You can repeat 2015. Or, out-do WHATever 2015 was, in 2016. But for those who get it right, it's all about progression. Every next move, significantly more ambitious. WHY? Because