Whether you love him or not, he is the first boxer to make a Billion dollars from the sport of boxing and also being able to retire with good health and a sound mind is a blessing. Floyd Mayweather is up there with the greats like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson and his lifestyle is often under a lot of scrutiny for being too “extravagant” and luxurious for a professional athlete. Floyd retired an undisputed and undefeated champion after coming out of retirement to knock Conor McGregor out in his last fight which made him 50-0 and also made him an excess of 100 Million dollars in one night. Floyd is not only a source of motivation because of his tremendous success but also because of his background and lifestyle.
So, I have gathered his top 6 advice to push you towards greatness and success (whatever that means to you)
Here are 6 Productive Hustle Advice From Floyd Mayweather.
1. Forget About One-Night Stands.
Floyd Mayweather is not a one hit wonder and all through his career, he didn’t aim to be one. Unlike most people looking for that “one hit” or that “miracle”, Floyd doesn’t put on a show for one night, he has put on a a hell of show and fight for 21 years straight and he is known as the TBE (The Best Ever).
You need to keep showing up, keep producing, keep working and keep proving people wrong by raising the bar. Success and something worthwhile isn’t built overnight, it takes time,it takes years of continuous hustle and work
“I want to be able to separate the average from the good and from the great. I want to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” – Floyd Mayweather
Always remember that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Stop looking for one hit, focus on longevity and build something worthwhile, something you will be proud of.
2. Smart Work Always Wins.
You cannot take hardwork away from Floyd, he worked and still works hard but one thing that makes Floyd stand out is his strategy of success – he believes in working smart.
“He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there’s no fighter smarter than me.” – Floyd Mayweather
Most people think its all about the “Grind” and “Hustle”, they believe if they put their head down and work their ass off, they will win! Most times, that’s the case but life is complicated than that. Floyd has gone into the ring with opponents that were faster, stronger and opponents who hit harder than him (Oh shit, I remember the Maidana and Manny Pacquiao fights) but he always came out victorious. Its all in the strategy and that’s how life works.
“I’m not in this sport to see how hard I can get hit or to see how many big punches I can take. I am in this game to fight as long as I can. I am trying to dish a lot of punishment.” – Floyd Mayweather
Just like boxing, life and success isn’t for the most educated, strongest, fastest or the heaviest hitter, it’s about doing the right thing at the right time – its about working smart. We all know that most people who work more with their brains earn more than people who work with their hands and man-power. Brain work trumps unnecessary hardwork To attain success in any field, you must be willing to educate yourself in your field and uncover the quickest and most efficient paths to victory within your field. If you don’t do this, you will always loose to people who work smarter than you.
3. Your Background Doesn’t Mean Crap.
According to statistics and facts, Floyd should be in prison or have been murdered due to the environment and family he is from. Floyd’s mum suffered from drug addiction and his father was thrown into prison for dealing cocaine. He was surrounded with a lot of negativity and at one point in his life, seven of his family members were sleeping in a one bedroom apartment without any heating or hot water.
“My whole outlook on life is, never judge a book by its cover.” – Floyd Mayweather
Everyone would have guessed where he was headed but instead but Floyd chose to be bigger than the statistics and chose to triumph over his circumstances. Some of us are not opportuned to be born into “functional families” where paths to success has been carved out for us but we have the power to choose how we end up. We may not have the power to choose what family we are born into but we have the power to choose how we react, respond and choose to triumph over our surroundings and environments.
4. Over-The-Top Self Belief.
Am the best ever! These are words Floyd has been saying from the beginning of his career and obviously, these words has made him come across as being cocky or being disrespectful to the other great boxers that preceded him but Floyd said “If you don’t think you are the best ever, then you are in the wrong sport”. Most people would say you are cocky, arrogant or proud but actions flows from belief. Once you believe you are the best and you say it, your actions will take the form of your words and you will become the best.
“The ultimate goal is to always break records.” – Floyd Mayweather
As good as it is for people to believe in us, if we don’t believe in ourselves – it serves no good. Our self-beliefs will shape our reality. If you desire to have an over-the-top life, you must back it up with an over-the-top self belief.
5. Showing Is Better Than Telling.
People do a lot of talking these days on social media. Social media has grown a culture of “talkatives” and less action takers. People talk about how they are going to get it, how they will hustle, how they will achieve their goals, what they are going to do, how their lives will turn out, how this and how that. But the problem is this…They don’t fucking do anything! They talk the talk but never walk it like they talk it.
“I’m the best at talking trash I’m also the best at going out there and backing it up.” – Floyd Mayweather
If you know anything about Floyd, you know is a great trash talker. He talks so much trash that his opponents begin to doubt their own skills but you know what he does? He goes out, puts on a hell of a show and backs what he talked about! That’s right! He backs all his talks. Are you busy talking about what you will do rather than actually putting your head down to do it?
“Showing is better than telling.” – Floyd Mayweather
Its easy to talk, everyone can do it! Are you wasting time talking to people and telling them what you are going to accomplish and achieve or are you are actually getting off your ass and showing them that you’ve already done it? The more time you spend talking, the less time you have actually doing things and getting some good work done. If you really want to achieve success (whatever that means to you), take a page off Floyd’s book – shut the hell up and get some work done! That’s the only way to actually reach your goals.
6. Work Hard, Play Hard.
Floyd Mayweather can be quoted so many times saying “When my opponents are sleeping, I am working.” Floyd goes to the gym in the midnight. He does his usual 12-mile run followed with cycling and then trains some more but at the same time, Floyd routinely goes shopping by 1am and spends 7 figures on shoes, clothing and Jewelries.
If anything matches Floyd’s hard work and dedication, it is also his partying, spending and enjoyment of life. With his fleets of luxury cars, timepieces, private jets, expensive vacations and women around him – extravagance is an understatement of how Floyd lives. For an athlete with so much skill and talent, one can conclude that Floyd’s choices of enjoyment is over the top but Floyd shows us that all work and no play will make anyone insane. So, fun is not only important but necessary.
Laboring and hustling all day and night without enjoying the fruits of your labour, will lead to burnout.
“If anyone has followed my career, they know that there’s been a lot of obstacles and a lot of ups and down through my career. But day in and day out, and in the square circle, I went out there and always did my best.” – Floyd Mayweather
Achieving success will involve a lot of late nights, hustle and grind but it should also include relaxation and fun to maintain some sanity. Which of these advice from Floyd Mayweather struck a nerve in you? Drop comments below lets vibe!
Many thanks for sharing this,Damilola.
I like the part that says, showing is better than telling.
I believe too much talk saps but action energises.
Many thanks for reading Ayo!
Yes, “Showing Is Better Than Telling” is also my favourite advice. I used to love to talk a lot but now – I just shut the hell up and get to work and let my work do the talking.