When I was ten or so and early into my life of wrestling, I can remember my dad saying to me, “Don’t go around telling people how good you are, let them tell you.” We were also taught humility.
I took wrestling as far as I could, and when my collegiate career ended, I landed where I thought I wanted to be for the next 30 years. But shortly after landing my dream job teaching and coaching, I had an itch to do something totally out of my norm, to step outside of my comfort zone and embark on a path I knew absolutely nothing about – professional mixed martial arts fighting. I decided to move my office from the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School to the professional fighting cage.
What followed was 27 professional fights and eight years of fighting. Big wins, big losses, lots of travels, lots of friends and stories and LOTS of lessons. Lessons on perseverance, adversity, fear, self-doubt, goal-setting, personal growth, vulnerability, business and more.