Below is an excellent video for all aspiring fighters to watch. What you’ll see is the story of Cub Swanson and his journey towards becoming a successful professional fighter. As evident throughout, Cub’s success isn’t just about what he does, but more importantly what he’s been able to overcome.
So often young fighters ask how they should train. The assumption is that if you train properly, you will succeed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Yes, it is important to train hard, but equally important to persevere through pain and failure. The life of a young fighter is often difficult and lonely. There are no shortcuts to the top. Throughout your arduous journey, there’s a good chance you’ll get knocked down, injured, and be surrounded by so-called friends who believe you should quit.
The pain and sacrifices that a fighter endures cause many to break, physically and mentally. It is a difficult path and if you aren’t willing to take your lumps and bruises, don’t expect to excel.
Cub Swanson’s life is similar to many fighters. He had a rough childhood, got into trouble, had some difficult losses early in his career, and had to overcome countless injuries. Yet despite all the setbacks and obstacles, he kept moving forward.
He’s now a successful fighter who is as hungry as ever. He continues to excel yet remain humble. Young fighters can learn plenty from the example he’s set.
“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino