I feel like there is a deeper meaning to the fight that took place this past weekend between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. All of the opinions on winning, losing, effort, trial and error, craft, skill and respect really got me thinking about life and it’s phases. Let me break them down by both fighters names.
Floyd Phase: We all start out with a mission to be great. When we start that mission it should be because we are doing something we love and we should want to master it. Why? So we can provide a better life for ourself and our families. So we can provide a lifestyle that most dream of. We put in the work and we reap the rewards.
Conor Phase: You can come from nothing or lose it all. Either way you have to visualize something greater than your circumstance. Belief in self is always the best start to achieving. If you don’t believe, who can you make believe in the presence of opportunity?
Floyd Phase: No matter what good you have done in life. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be an upstanding human being. People love a humble winner. People love a person they can respect in and out of their profession any given day. People want to admire and follow a person of great character.
Conor Phase: You have to try and do for you. In life people are going to tell you what you can’t do, what you can’t be and why you shouldn’t try certain things. Your job is to not listen to those people or those things. It’s better to try and fail than wonder what if. You are not giving your one life to appease the validation of others with your moves.
Floyd Phase: People will never forget the bad you’ve done. Double and triple down on your greatness all you like, but you will not escape the ruthless public opinion of many.
Conor and Floyd Phase: Your belief in yourself may be deemed arrogant, cocky, self absorbed and you may be forever misunderstood. That reason may be because some people have not tapped into their gift and achieved on the level you have. What you do may “look easy” or may not be looked at as a “skill” but don’t let that distract you from your purpose. You make what you make because you are good at what you do. You earned the right to talk your talk even if it upsets the have nots.
Conor and Floyd Phase: Hate and Envy will always manifest on your path to greatness. But with all hate comes love. Only thing you would ever need from another human being is respect. That will be earned from you character and accomplishments.
Floyd Phase: With age comes wisdom and experience. Some may only see you as the teen or 20 something that you were and the things you used to do. That is there lost. Your job is to evolve and be a better you. Whether people see it or not, is up to those people.
Conor Phase: Failure breeds success. The game of life is to make living as comfortable as possible as soon as possible. No one wants to break their back for 30-50 years and have nothing to show for it. Go get what you negotiate. Not what you are given. There are no rules on the path to riches. Write your own.
Conor and Floyd Phase: No matter where you come from and what you do, you have to put in the work. The work gets the desired results called success. Once you are successful by your standards, you can stop or pursue more success. Be addicted to success.
Whether you love or hate Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor, you should take pages out of their books. See that at the end of the day, you have two men who worked hard and created a moment that set themselves up for life. You may not like how it happened. You may have your critiques. After you get all of your hate and opinion out of your system ask yourself this. Your talent, skill or “thing that you love”; Have you put yourself in position for that thing to pay off for the rest of your life?