7 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Manny Pacquiao
Photo credit: Pacquaio by James Dayap, MP Boxing
A fight between Pacquiao & Mayweather was a great example of strategy vs passion – and the fact that sometimes fighting the smart fight can get you to where you need to be.
While Mayweather’s technical fighting tactics might not have been uber-entertaining, (and certainly didn’t achieve the dramatic pinnacle of the 2012 fight between Pacquiao and Marquez) – he managed to keep Manny’s aggression at bay and control both the pace of the fight and the judges’ verdict
Manny said it best with this quote, “With experience in boxing, you learn how to be a scientific boxer and how to fight easy.”
As an entrepreneur – I know that playing it safe is not an option, that if I’m going to fight, then I’m going in for the KO, and that if I fail spectacularly, it will be an honourable failure in pursuit of the big win.
So for all the Pacquiao fans and entrepreneurs out there, here are 7 lessons we can learn from the indomitable spirit of Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao:
“I don’t look ahead… I keep focused on my next opponent. I am looking forward to my next opponent, I don’t think past that point.”
2. Have immense self-belief (and faith in something more).
“Only in death will I relinquish my belts.”
3. It’s not just about you.
“I remember as a little boy I ate one meal a day and sometimes slept in the street. I will never forget that and it inspires me to fight hard, stay strong and remember all the people of my country, trying to achieve better for themselves.”
4. Let your team do their thing.
“All those who are around me are the bridge to my success, so they are all important.”
5. Stay grounded. Always.
“I was just doing my job in the ring and doing my best to make people happy.”
6. It’s about performance.
“I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing, he always runs”, Pacquiao said. “I got him many times with solid punches … I can handle his power.”
“Boxing is not about your feelings. It’s about performance”
7. Stay hungry and humble.
“Don’t fear failure, in great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee
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