Matthew's Mind

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Today, some shared wisdom from the famous philosopher, Mike Tyson

Before one of Iron Mike’s fights, reporters were talking about his opponent. They were asking Mike “What’s going to happen? … He’s going to give you a lot of lateral movement. He’s going to move, he’s going to dance. He’s going to do this, do that.” To which Mike famously responded:

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

You’ve got to love Mike’s style. And his quote is fantastic because it’s easy to see relevancy in your world, far outside the boxing ring. Asked later about the quote, Mike said: “If you’re good and your plan is working, somewhere during the duration of that, the outcome of that event you’re involved in, you’re going to get the wrath, the bad end of the stick. Let’s see how you deal with it. Normally people don’t deal with it that well.” There’s another way to look at his famous quote:

“How much can you endure, buddy?” he said. “Most talkers, they can’t handle it.”

We all deal with this. Figurative jabs to the face week-to-week that season us to difficulty. Heavier uppercuts that hit us a few times each year that stagger us back, needing to regather. Then unfortunately (but part of life) we all face those big hooks that hit us squarely in the mouth. They knock us to the canvas and leave us looking inside to see how strong we really are. Can we get back up? How are we going to handle the adversity?

Mike Tyson knew this truth, the best in your professional circle know it and those people you admire personally know it too. Can you embrace the wisdom of Mike Tyson in your life? The next time you get punched in the mouth, how are you going to handle it?

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