Boxing has made me who I am. Boxing has made me a completely different person than I was when I started this sport. When I started boxing, I did it for reason of vanity. I was 16 with an immature mindset. I was socially inadequate and lacked confidence. 12 years later I am self-proclaimed walking awesomeness.
At one point of my life had very little morality and lived like I had immortality. I was disrespectful and on a high horse. Boxing gave me the confidence to be a complete jerk then it gave me a large spoonful of humility. I am no where close to who I want to be but will continue to grow.
There is a point where you will reach a level of security to be able acknowledge you’re grossly insecure. It took me hundreds of fights and tens of thousands of workouts to realize this. Boxing is one of the greatest metaphors for life. Not in the vague “you get knocked down”, bullshit. No, actual traits you will need to be successful in life.
Boxing has taught me the mental and physical discipline that would have taken me several lifetimes achieve. Boxing has taught me personal accountability. I didn’t know what hard work was until I was punched in the face for not working hard enough.
Boxing has taught me that there is no nutritional value in low hanging fruit. Boxing has taught me to care about people without caring about their thoughts and beliefs.
Boxing didn’t just teach me how to be a speaker. It didn’t just teach me how to deliver jokes and set up punch-lines. It didn’t just teach me about diet and exercise. It taught me the consequence of slacking off.
Boxing gave me the confidence to know I can accomplish can do anything as long as I was willing to work harder than anyone else that had my same goal. Boxing taught me that if I don’t win, I probably didn’t deserve to. Boxing taught me that if you don’t feel like working out hard enough, you don’t have to because if you don’t care, no one else will.
Boxing taught me that other cultures exist outside of my own. This granted me the knowledge to respect others beliefs. It has taught me to value a person that has objectively stepped outside of their beliefs and comfort zone.
Boxing has taught me that preparation is the closest thing that will get you to an absolute truth. Boxing has taught me the primal instinct that many lack. A great metaphor to life is boxing. A great metaphor to boxing is nature’s survival of the fittest. Boxing has taught me that I have the strength for survival. Also it taught me that it takes strength to help those incapable of surviving on their own.
Boxing will allow you to face yourself and test it publicly. Nothing leaves you more vulnerable than boxing. Every time you enter the ring there is a chance you’ll be punched to the point your body will fold under itself.
You may be exposed. Your brain may shut down everything down and go to sleep. There is a chance you’ll be hit so hard with a punch that your body may hit the canvas and involuntarily twitch before losing consciousness and forgetting the last 36 hours of your life.
This fear lights something inside of you to work at a level of intensity that most cannot keep up with. If a person used the drive it takes to be a championship boxer in any challenge of life, I’m sure they will be successful. The barbaric and brutal nature of boxing is what the naked eye sees but there is so much more to it.
Many boxers aren’t educated. Not because they are lazy, but because they lack the opportunity. The work it takes to be on boxing top circuit is probably equivalent to energy and dedication it takes for a doctorate. Natural ability is a great asset but becomes useless passed the entry level of competition if you do not put in hard work.
Boxing forces you at acknowledge your truth. Boxing makes you consciously seek out your flaws in order to improve them in fear those flaw may be used to expose you. I cannot think of a discipline outside of combat sports that teaches this.
Boxing has given me the ability to defend myself and the heart to defend others that cannot defend themselves. Parents stray from letting their children box but will put their child on a football field. Football is filled with false protection. Parents will exchange the security of false protection for the chance at a scholarship.
Football and basketball does teach the importance of hard work and team work but there isn’t the added consequence of being exposed. Being dunked on or crossed over is how basketball players are exposed. The consequence of your body going limp in front of your mother in the crowd becomes quite the motivator.
Starting this mind state of competitiveness at an early age is an unparalleled quality. If you think “my child isn’t tough enough for boxing”, you’re child isn’t tough enough for life- enroll him/her into the sport that builds character.
Little leagues hand out participation trophies. There are no constellation prizes in real life. Boxers receive second place trophies but they aren’t valued like you would think. To a boxer its just stands as a reminder that you aren’t good enough to be number one…yet.
The mental toughness it takes psych yourself up to train in order to not get beat up when training. Boxers look for the best competition to challenge them in the gym in order to less work.
It teaches delayed gratification. The longer the ROI the higher it will yield. The longer your training camps and sacrifice, the better your performance. Boxing has made me who I am. Boxing has made me a completely different person than I was when I started this sport.