My primary objective in boxing used to be more about USA Boxing and less for me. Olympic level boxing has little to no financial compensation. I have often been approached to become a professional fighter but have always declined.
Becoming a professional fighter is something I am very capable of doing, I just don’t care to. Its a solid back up plan if my speaking career bombs, comedy doesn’t workout or my podcast doesn’t take off.
“The hunter that chases two rabbits catches neither one.” This would seem to be my issue. It doesn’t seem like I know what it is I want to do- I’m all over the place. Podcast, Vlogs, Blogs, Speaking, Comedy and Boxing. Why?
My goal is to become a have my boxing career be overshadowed by my speaking career. After losing my spot in the Rio Olympics I decided to pursue speaking and completely remove myself from boxing. That was a dumb idea. The thing that sets me apart from most is my boxing.
I recently questioned myself on the rabbits I’m chasing and why. My overall objective is to become a highly paid speaker. To become a speaker will take time, content, networking, relevance and health.
I asked myself “What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Will it help me become a successful speaker, and how.
I must invest a lot of my time to boxing because it’s priority. I must remain the #1 boxer in the country because there is an unbelievable admiration for top tier athletes.
My value being the current national champion will open many doors for me, get me free media and airtime, and it looks great on my speaker kit I use when booking gigs. Another added value of being the national champion is health insurance I receive as a national team member.
I have boxed for America for a decade, I’m now going to box for my own selfish reason. I am 28 years old and need to invest into my future. Boxing has given me great life experiences but my land lord doesn’t accept that as a form of payment.
I will only participate in boxing matches that can help my speaking career. Winning tournaments will get me on local tv and radio stations getting my name out. Also, traveling to these fight for free will get me more interesting guest for my podcast.
I’ve decided to fight in the qualifier tournament on March 20th in New Mexico. Winning this will qualify me for Nationals in December. I am already qualified for Nationals but at Heavyweight. I’m going to secure the Super Heavyweight slot as well.
Fighting in this tournament will help give me an online buzz. I will be able to get some media for winning, I will be reaching out to schools in New Mexico to hire my to deliver motivational speeches at schools. I will also be around boxers and interesting people to do podcast.
There are so many benefits to fighting in the tournament. But I must get back to training twice a day for the next two weeks.
Why must I perform Standup comedy? Well, because my keynotes are humor-based. I currently use humor as a crutch to strengthen my message. I believe after developing content I will rely less on humor in my keynotes. I eventually have plans to do workshops but I would need to develop a lot more content.
Stand up comedians hit open mics at hole in the wall bars because it’s usually a difficult crowd. Most people aren’t aware there will be comedy going on until they get there. Most show up to drink and hangout with friends, not listen to some dude with a terrible sound system and a cheap mic.
Winning the crowd’s attention takes skill, and there is no better place to practice handling a crowd than an open mic. This translates perfect with handling an audience of exhausted professionals at the end of a day long conference. Stand up comedy also betters my story telling skills. Performing comedy helps me with stage presence and sets me apart from other speakers.
I do podcast, Vlogs and blogs to build my network and brand. The bigger my online reach, the higher my value. The higher my value, the bigger speaking fee I can demand. The more I speak, the more merchandise I will sell online. Putting content online will do this. I do not fully understand search engine optimization but I do know I need to put content out. I do need to learn more about SEO.
I truly enjoy performing stand up comedy and I love recording podcast with interesting guest. I feel slightly like a douche bag pulling my camera out of my fanny pack anytime I do something interesting, but thats part of the job.
I don’t like training but I do love winning boxing matches. There is unexplainable gratification I get beating someone up. I guess I’m just really competitive. The closest thing I found to the high of dominating a man in the boxing match is delivering a keynote with quality content while making people laugh.
It may seem as if I’m chasing many rabbits but I’m not, I’m actually herding them. Once I herd these rabbits, I will eat my rabbit soup of success. (Completely a metaphorical soup, I’m vegan.)