Lately, I’ve been reading Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson (yes, the boxer). It’s mostly a self-reflection on his life, all the way from his best moments in the ring, to when he hit rock bottom, to where he is now. I pulled some quotes while reading it, and here’s the best that I’ve found that relate to building yourself up to succeed, even when you’ve fallen.
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if you always looked good, people would treat you with respect.
You give a weak man some strength and he becomes addicted.
“Fear is the greatest obstacle to learning. But fear is your best friend. Fear is like fire. If you learn to control it, you let it work for you. If you don’t learn to control it, it’ll destroy you and everything around you.
So one must never allow fear to develop and build up without having control over it, because if you don’t you won’t be able to achieve your objective or save your life.
Fatigue in the ring is ninety percent psychological. It’s just the excuse of a man who wants to quit.
He would separate his mind from his body and then visualize the future.
Cus was a strong believer that in your mind you had to be the entity that you wanted to be.
Confidence was everything. But in order to possess that confidence, you had to test yourself and put yourself on the line.
“Money means security, and to me security means death, so I never cared about money.
You could conquer any world. Don’t use that word ‘can’t.’ You can’t say ‘can’t.’”
“Because doing something you hate to do like you love it is good conditioning for someone aspiring towards greatness.”
because if I failed, Cus would get rid of me and I would starve to death.
called In This Corner . . . !
I was serious about my history because I learned so much from the old fighters. What did I have to do to be like this guy? What discipline did this other guy possess?
I had a tunnel-vision mission and I never deterred from it. I can’t even explain that feeling to other people.
You have to face your demons, Mike, or they will follow you to eternity.
I talked about myself in the third person. Even to myself.
That was the day that I turned into Iron Mike;
Jimmy and Cus were using all their contacts in the press to get me recognition.
We really courted the press.
People who are only interested in having fun cannot accomplish anything.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re losing; it’s what you do after you lose.
needed that vision, though. I needed that drive for accomplishment
“I’m rich, Mario,” I said. “I don’t have no watch, no money, no phone, but I feel so peaceful.
They don’t want to do that because they’re afraid they will fail and people will laugh at them.
used to say that the reason that people were the best was because they thought about themselves with the grandest of visions.
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Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth