Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts

motivationNew Release – Book Now Available

This new book is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about motivation with twelve Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts.

The end result is twelve fascinating and unexpected stories about overcoming adversity and achieving success in life and Jiu-Jitsu.

Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor of life, but you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any sport, business or ambitious pursuit – the lessons are universal.

What drives ambitious people is often shaped by our subconscious mind. We are not always aware of the influences driving our behavior, but you will discover underlying themes which reveal answers to the following questions:

  • What drives highly successful people?
  • Are they born ambitious or is it learned?
  • What is common among extremely motivated people?
  • What lessons have they learned during their journey?
  • Were the sacrifices worth the rewards?

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Most Choose to be the Victim: How to Take Control of Your Life

shell beachIf you are chronically unhappy, depressed or disappointed in life, it is because you have chosen to be a victim.

The victim mindset is toxic, yet the majority unconsciously embrace the victim’s way of life.

You can choose to be happy or sad – a winner or loser.

Blame strips you of your power – leaving you defenseless.

But you will become emboldened when you accept complete responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Viktor Frankl, survivor of Nazi concentration camps.

Your “victimization” may stem from race, sex, childhood trauma, unhappy marriage, disappointing career or everything in between. Continue reading

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The Battle Between Warriors and the Public

IMG_8889-2In the middle of the morning, the 911 calls flooded in reporting a man at busy shopping center frantically waving a butcher knife.

When the officers arrived, the Hispanic man was yelling while holding the knife against his own throat.

The cops stood back and tried to talk the man down.

Hostile crowds started to form and they launched into the usual anti-police rhetoric.

The police did not create the incident, but they were forced to deal with it. They were in a no win situation.

Ignoring the man would leave the public at risk, but to communicate, the officers had to enter the deadly 21 foot range – a distance the untrained public knows nothing about.

The public dismisses the dangers of knives, but cops know the fatality rates of stabbing and shooting victims are similar.

The police were always split seconds behind, forced to play defense as they aimed a mixture of firearms and less-lethal bean bag weapons.

The officers patiently negotiated until he started wildly stabbing himself with the large knife. Continue reading

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Police Beatings: Balancing Anarchy and Tyranny

A Seattle police officer punched a woman in the face during a jaywalking stop.

The officer tried to detain the jaywalker, but she pulled away and started yelling, which agitated the hostile crowd that began to circle the officer.

A second woman entered the scene. She pushed the officer to help her resisting friend escape.

The officer immediately punched the second woman in the face, removing her from the picture as he continued struggling with the first woman.

The crowd got angry and so did Bill O’Reilly who is often pro police.

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Javier Vazquez – The Making of a Shy Kid Turned UFC Cage Fighter

Javier-VasquezFifteen seconds into the world championship fight, Javier Vazquez stepped forward for a single leg take-down, but when he planted his foot, his right knee buckled.

Javier did not stop, instead he continued to drop his weight and took his opponent to the mat.

Both fighters scrambled to stand up. When Javier stepped back, his knee collapsed again and a confused look revealed on his face.

Seconds later, Javier stepped forward and threw a left/right combination and his knee buckled a third time before he toppled to the mat.

It became painfully obvious to everyone watching that Javier’s knee was wrecked – but he kept fighting.  Javier battled not just his opponent, but also his failing leg for three grueling rounds of back and forth action. Continue reading

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