April 19, 2010 Leave a comment
The sports world has seen some incredibly gifted boxers over the past 100 years, such as James J. Braddock, Roberto Duran, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, and of course the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. These championship fighters were a marvel in the “squared circle” with their skill, speed, and power.
Yet no matter how great they were in the ring, they didn’t fight alone. All of them had a team of people who were ready, willing, and able to provide encouragement, coaching, and care. Every championship boxer typically has at least three people in their corner for every fight:
- Trainer: Gives advice to the boxer on what he is doing wrong as well as encouraging him if he is losing. They remind the boxer during the fight of what they practiced during training sessions leading up to the fight. They point out weaknesses of the opponent and what the fighter can exploit to gain an advantage. They creatively and assertively push the fighter to go beyond what they may be feeling. Trainers help them get the most out of their natural talents.
- Cut Man: Every fighter understands they are going to get hit and potentially hurt. A cut man takes care of cuts between rounds to get the fighter ready for the next round. The cut man is invaluable to help them bounce back quickly from their injuries.
- Assistant Trainer: Provides support to the rest of the team by doing some of everything. They do the little things that often get overlooked or ignored. They supply much needed assistance with timely words or actions. They often don’t demand attention but they deserve a lot of credit, because they take care of certain things so you don’t have to.
We need people who can help us maximize our talents and skills, as well as influence us to go beyond where we want to stop. We need to have at least one person in our corner to help us bounce back quickly from our inevitable hurts and disappointments. We also need those invaluable people who may not often be seen or heard, but when we do it’s the right thing at the right time.
Every day you are in the fight of your life to fulfill your purpose and potential. No matter how good you are at what you do, you won’t achieve significant levels of success without a formal or informal team of people who support, encourage, comfort, mentor, train, and care for you.
Don’t try to be a solo act or “lone ranger”. You will only make it so far. Instead, rely on a “power corner” to help propel you to championship victories.
Who’s in your power corner? Whose power corner are you in?
Paul Wilson, Jr.
*Note: ESPN has an interesting list of their 50 greatest fighters of all-time. Do you agree with their picks?
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