When I was 15, my parents made a deal with me: Become an All-American in freestyle wrestling this summer, and you can get a tattoo. Neither party involved actually thought it would happen…Be careful the deals you make.

As it turns out, I did become an AA at nationals, and I did get my first tattoo, my family crest. A few years later, I got my second tattoo, Carpe Diem, seize the day. It’s a motto I live by.

A few weeks ago, on A Fighter’s Mindset – The Spaniard Podcast, I interviewed Cary Kolat (listen here), one of the best wrestlers in the history of the sport. In our conversation, he referenced another all-time great, Lincoln McIlravy. Cary couldn’t grasp how Lincoln was able to train for only two hours a day and still be world class. His response was simple:

“I don’t have the time, Cary. I just can’t do it. I have a wife and two kids at home. I need to make every second of practice count, or I won’t get it in (paraphrased).”

Point taken.

I also read that John Wooden’s father taught him to “Make each day your masterpiece.”

Navy Seal Jocko Willinck teaches, “Prioritize and Execute.”

However it makes sense in your head, understand that time is gold.

Life’s a fight. Carpe Diem. Fight Well!


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