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Think back to the last time you said, "Because I said so, that's why." For me, it was yesterday. I was talking to my daughter. Technically, I think I said, "Because I'm big and your small, and that's why," but I made my point (That's a little saying my sister-in-law taught me). Outside of speaking [...]

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Control Your Emotions. Control Your Performance.

There were a handful of times in my wrestling career where I totally lost control. I can remember one, in particular, that sent me flying across the mat toward my opponent. I had lost, and he had mocked me. I lost it. Thankfully, my dad caught me before I made the regrettable mistake of letting [...]

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

5 Ways Brad Paisley Inspired Me

I can count on one hand the amount of concerts I've been to in my life: there was Blink 182, KISS, Naughty By Nature, Dashboard Confessionals, Dierks Bentley...OK, maybe two hands. But the point is: I'm not a regular concert goer (BTW, if you can find any continuity in that band list, please let me [...]

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

A Small, Yet Courageous Act

I was fortunate to speak at two different high schools yesterday (Portage/Central Cambria, PA), spreading a message of "fight". Not the kind I did in a cage, rather the kind we are all faced with on a daily basis; is fighting for what I really want/believe in really worth the struggle? Do I have the strength/will/fortitude [...]

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

#59 For Those with DRIVE

In the past few years, as I'm comfortably in (past) the twilight of my professional fighting career, I've begun to reflect much more. Introspection, looking within yourself and your experience, is an extremely valuable habit (It often drives me/my wife, crazy, but I believe it's paramount to optimizing yourself, physically and mentally). A few weeks [...]

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

What’s on the Other Side of Fear?

Have you ever heard a song, interview or soundbite of some sort, and you remember exactly where you were/what you were doing when you heard it? Maybe it wasn't revolutionary in the standard sense, either, but it carried with it intense personal meaning? About six months ago, I was walking down my sidewalk listening to an [...]

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

How to Develop Mental Toughness

You hear the word thrown around often..."He's mentally tough." "Dang, talk about mental toughness." "You can't rattle that guy; he's so mentally tough." But what the heck does mental toughness actually mean? Mental toughness can be defined as the "measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sports, education and the workplace." [...]

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

#58 Interview: Legendary Wrestler Cary Kolat

During this interview, The Spaniard says, ”I love the fact that I got to wrestle for you. You’re one of a handful of the legendary.” He says this of Cary Kolat, who was one of his college coaches shortly after Cary had just wrestled in the Olympics. This was on top of an eye-popping record [...]

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Nasty Little Thing Called Fear

I read not long ago that each one of us is guided by one of two things: faith or fear. It makes sense: You live your life with the faith that'll it'll all work out, somehow, or, you live your life in total fear...of everything. When I was in the middle of my Spanish teaching [...]

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The Lesson in Brady’s Comeback

Here's the deal. It's one of two things: Believe you CANNOT do it, and it's a 100% guarantee that you WILL NOT do it. Believe you CAN do it, and not matter how small or minute, there is always a chance that you WILL do it. I talked myself into losing two state championships in [...]

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments