The Comeback Kid (The Financial Athlete #81)

Why does the boxing story of the ‘Comeback Kid’ resonate?

Whether at the pinnacle or nadir of success, the self-image of the ‘Comeback Kid’ is always a champion. At his low point, he does not whine and grow bitter. Rather, he becomes more resolute to sharpen his skills to reclaim his title of champion. In pursuit of his first title of champion, he had emphasized “bigger, stronger, faster” in his training. In pursuit of his next title, his experience has taught him he must emphasize “smarter” above all else.

All admire the ‘Comeback Kid’ for his willpower and goal-setting. These are the obvious, positive attributes. Less apparent attributes are his visualization of himself as a champion along with other habitual patterns of thinking which rise above his circumstances. He does not allow obstacles to distract him. Instead, the obstacles serve to challenge him to reach for a higher level. All the while, he is grounded in reality. Overconfidence is not his foible.

Glory hardly motivates the ‘Comeback Kid’, perhaps not at all. Ironically, what drives him is the mundane and repetitious training. In the heart of a champion mundane training is never void of emotional content. Training becomes a joy, and from training neural patterns in his mind develop. This rewiring in the brain sparks the mental framework to achieve greater success.

Knowing this, we can conclude everyone can train his mind into that of champion’s.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” — Jack Dempsey

THE LION CUB (A story from India)

A lioness gave birth to a cub. A short while later hunters shot dead the lioness. Soon after the cub found himself among a herd of sheep. Together with the sheep, the lion cub ate grass and leaves and drank milk and bleated “baaaaaa.”

One day, a lion stood on a hill above the sheep and roared. The sheep trembled and ran off. Only the lion cub remained, meekly eating grass. The lion approached the lion cub and asked, “Who are you?” The lion cub replied sheepishly, “A lamb.”

The lion led the cub to a pond. There the lion cub gazed upon his reflection on the water. At that moment the lion cub realized his true nature and roared like only a lion can roar.

(Above picture: James Braddock, “Cinderella Man”. Below picture: A rare, white lion.)


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