Ep 049 - How Larry Holmes Became His Own Boss

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Last week Mike Mittman joined Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman. Mike shared his unique insight and some rare stories about Larry Holmes. He talked about the boxing legend’s struggle against the odds to become the Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion we now know him as. Part of his rise to the top included being a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Earnie Shavers. But “The Champ” eventually realized to live his dream he would need to become his own boss and prevent getting “sparring partner syndrome.”

The sparring partner mentality is an example of how consistency dictates results. We talked before about how powerful consistency is — good or bad. When a boxer consistently "holds back" in the gym (because that might be his job as a sparring partner), they tend to not be able to push into high gear in an actual fight. Although at that point it’s not necessary to hold back — that limiting mindset kicks in — as a result of constant repetition.

This week, in this special several-part series, key takeaways include:

  • A sign of leadership is to be humble

  • Be confident and humble at the same time

  • Sensei Hoover’s “Ninja and Samurai concept” — when we need to be one or the other

  • Immediately after Larry Holmes defeated Muhammad Ali, hear what they had to say to each other in the dressing room

  • Mike Mittman talks about Bruce Lee, while Sensei Hoover brings up how he was another icon that rose to the top against all odds

  • It takes a bigger man to walk away from conflict than it does to fight — in line with an earlier episode’s discussion on there’s no need to act tough

  • There's a time for learning and simply doing what you're taught, and there's a time to think outside of the box to take what you’ve learned, make it your own, and improve it — just as Larry Holmes did

Was there something you took ownership of and possibly improved it by making it your own? Let us know in the comments.

If you happen to have a question for the Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion let us know. We’ll pass your question on to Larry Holmes and give you his answer in an upcoming episode!

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Ep 036 - True Mastery is When The World Comes to You

We’ve talked before about becoming comfortable in your own skin and how to deal with uncomfortable situations. “Owning your space” is self-explanatory when it comes to the physical. If someone invades your space with intent to harm your physical body — it’s obvious that self-defense could, and should, be used. No one has the right to touch you with bad intent, and certainly not hurt you — physically.

But think about this. On a metaphysical level, how often do you let people “hurt” you? Make no mistake about it. If they pull you into “their space” — by influencing you to think something or participate in something that deep down inside you know isn’t the right thing, the safe thing, or simply the good thing to do — you are allowing them to harm you. It definitely harms you spiritually, but possibly mentally and even physically as well.

The world is full of bullies. They will draw you into their negative space. They will eagerly invite you into their inappropriate conversation. Or they will pull you into their low level of vibration by imposing their will. Some know they are being a bully. Others don’t even realize they are bullying. Either way, they can’t do it if you don’t let them. Don’t engage. You be the “Master” by owning your space. Let them come to you, not the other way around. In other words, be a leader — not a follower.

Comment below about a situation where you did something you know wasn’t in your best interest, yet you did it anyway because you allowed someone to impose their will on you.

Has there been a time that you consciously chose NOT to engage in something that would have had negative effects? Did you instantly feel better? Comment below — or reach out privately via the Form on the right!

If you know someone that is dealing with bullying — PLEASE share this episode with them. It just might make all the difference in the world.

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