Most people over the age of 30 wouldn’t want to be called a Buster. The old school definition of a Buster is a punk. It’s someone who is more of a pretender than contender. You did not want to be called a Buster. But what if being like a Buster wasn’t such a bad thing? This week we’ll tell the story of Buster Douglas and discuss the traits of his we should emulate.

Buster Douglas was a heavyweight boxer who shocked the world by doing the unthinkable–he defeated “Iron” Mike Tyson. Now this was back in early 1990 and Mike Tyson was the undefeated champion, and widely considered the baddest dude on the planet. Douglas was a 42-1 underdog in the fight. No one gave him a chance. It wasn’t a question of whether he’d get knocked out by Iron Mike, it was just a question of how the knockout would occur.

One the night in February of 1990, Buster Douglas pulled off one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time. He believed in himself when no one outside of his corner and mother did. He became the first opponent to make it to round 10 against Tyson, he was the first one to knockdown Tyson, let alone knock him out. And this all occurred after Tyson delivered a brutal shot to knock Douglas down in the 8th round.

Now we all can’t be heavyweight boxing champions, so why should we try to be like Buster? We should try to be like Buster because he ignored the world’s expectations. He defied the odds. He believed in himself above all else.

Here are three lessons we can all take and apply to our lives from this story.

Survive and advance–life is going to hit hard. We’re going to get knocked down. The key is to just get through those hard times. Don’t quit. Buster was knocked down by Tyson. No one had ever gotten up after being knocked down by Tyson. Buster did and went on to win the fight. Take the pain. Survive and advance.

Remember why you started–One obstacle we all face no matter what career we’re in is burnout. It’s one opponent that will knock you to your knees. Buster Douglas promised his mother he’d beat Tyson and become heavyweight champion. Shortly before the fight, his mother passed away. So when Douglas was knocked down in the 8th, he drew strength from the promise he’d made to his mother. He remembered why he was in the fight.

Go for it–There is never going to be the perfect time to make a great thing happen. Prepare your mind, body, and spirit for your opportunity. When that opportunity comes, go for it. Don’t leave it to chance. Don’t be a bystander. Go out and take what’s yours.

Be like Buster.

Never give up.

Never give in.

Believe and trust in yourself above all others.

Defy the odds, shock the world!

Be like Buster.

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!

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