"You will, in fact, get hit. Most fighters, they get excited. Boom. You drop your hands. When you get hit, that’s when you gotta be calm."
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Constantine "Cus" D'Amato (1908 – 1985) is arguably the most famous American boxing trainer, having trained the likes of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, José Torres, and Rocky Graziano. But what makes him so unique and well-remembered is how he used boxing as an analogy for living.
On How to Carry Yourself
On Sublimating Fear
Not Emotionless but Wholeness
On Accepting Your Emotions and Learning to Manage Them
This particular quote from D'Amato is my favorite and reminds me of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius's words on Equanimity:
Equanimity isn't only about living a life of inner peace, it is also about sound decision making. When you are excited, when you are emotional, is when you are easiest to manipulate for manipulation appeals to your emotions. When you are excited is when you should be the most careful about the decisions you make. When you stay calm is when you become an effective decision maker. Boxing is decision making with immediate and dire consequences.
Be aware of instigators and manipulators (or promoters). Do not be comforted because other excited folks are making the same poor decisions you are (let's all jump off a cliff!); it won't make it any less painful. Because the person riling everyone else up will make a different decision for himself (and watch everyone else jump off the cliff so he can take all their stuff).
On Being Your Own Obstacle
On Actions Over Feelings
On the Learning Mindset
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- Undisputed Truth – Mike Tyson (Author), Larry Sloman (Contributor)
- The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations – Marcus Aurelius (Author), David Hicks (Translator), C. Scot Hicks (Translator)