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On Being a Champion

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, things just don’t work out the way you hoped. It’s just the way life works, and you have to be able to roll with the punches. This is one of the reasons I’ve always loved boxing (a passion I’ve struggled with as I have gotten older).

Here’s the analogy: To me, a fighter with a perfect record is just that – an incredibly skilled boxer who has never been beaten.

But this fighter is not necessarily a champion.

Let me explain. In order to be a champion, IMHO, you first must have been knocked down and seriously hurt, then either gotten back up to win, or, if the fighter lost, take their defeat graciously and learn from it – ultimately coming back to win again.

In other words – you are measured by your ability to be knocked down and get back up. It is only then that you may be called a champion.

You must show yourself and others what you are made of. If you have never been beaten, then you’ve never been tested.

Remember that when things go wrong.