Mike Tyson, a living legend that caught the attention of the world. He is probably the most phenomenal fighter of all time.Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He won the WBC title when he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old, after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. Throughout his career, Tyson became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style. He now rests in the shadows with a moving life story of a man that defied all odds to become champion of the world. Today I draw a number of lessons that jumped at me as I watched the moving documentary of the champ. Here we go:
- Destined for Doom before he had an opportunity to speak for himself
Mike Tyson’s story starts from the tough crime prone Brooklyn streets growing up to become a thug in order to survive. It was the only way to go and all roads led to prison for the average young man that had that hood for his home.
They say only one out of five companies live to see their fifth birthday and one in ten gets to see their tenth. It is a harsh harsh unforgiving world that guarantees the failure of your business before your business or product has a chance to speak for itself
- A visionary draws out the champion
It took a visionary to draw the champion out of the hard core thug by focusing him on the future that Mike Tyson would never ever see on his own. He spent three months meditating and setting his mind right before he threw a single punch. He spent hours and hours watching the champions of old and memorizing every move to make him a weapon against all that stood in his way.
Your business or department must be focused on a core, a brand essence that will differentiate it from others that surround. It’s the hours spent in research and development that will position your brand for greatness.
- Nothing to live for any more
Tyson become the champ of the world after his trainer, coach and father, Cus D’Amato had passed away. He lived the dream that was made possible by the strong foundation. No one could stand his way; nothing but his pride, indiscipline and love for women. He achieved his dreams and there was nothing more to live for. His wealth varnished, his name tarnished in rape charges and divorce and his respect in the ring dragged in the mud. Suddenly the champ became a ridicule, the butt of jokes made by even the scum of the earth and a headline for all the wrong reasons.
Success -wealth and affluence-without a plan is a recipe for disaster. Pride, negligence and bad assumptions will jeopardize your destiny. You must design your lifestyle based on your values and institute strong structures of leadership and accountability to keep your focused on living a well balanced life.