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This is what it takes to be the best

Commitment, consistency, focus, discipline, mental toughness, diligent work ethic, constant and never ending improvement. These are some of the key factors that make you “the best“.

George St-Pierre is the UFC‘s welterweight world champion, and he is considered by many as the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the world, and in these videos we get the opportunity to follow his preparation for the toughest fight of his career, when he faced another remarkable fighter named Jake Shields.

Now, you may be wondering: “how does this relate to me?” … “I am not a fighter?” … well, I don’t care what is it that you do, weather you are an entrepreneur, a banker, a nurse or a taxi driver; if you want to succeed, if you want to be the best … you need to embrace all the elements I have just mentioned at the beginning of this post.

I am sure that you do not need to be a fan of MMA or other martial arts to enjoy and get value from these videos.

Note: You can just watch one of the episodes to see what I am talking about. However I have included all three videos in case you really enjoyed them and end up wanting to watch the whole program (that was what actually happened to me. I watch the first-one and I simply could not stop. Now, I am definitely a big fan of George St-Pierre!)


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Related posts:

1. How high are your standards?
2. How mentally tough are you?
3. The Pursuit of Mastery


Quote of the week

My secret to success: Becoming a master of anything is not about doing 4,000 things; it’s about doing 12 things 4,000 times“.
Chet Holmes


The Pursuit of Mastery

A few days ago I was listening to a recording of Jack Canfield in which he said that “the purpose of achieving goals is to achieve mastery“.

This got me thinking and made me realize that when you focus on “doing your job” or “getting the things done“, well … that is what you will get. Then, well, you can be satisfied with a “job well done“. Additionally the results that you will accomplish will be in direct relation with how well you “did your job” or how well you “got the stuff done“. Nothing wrong with that.

However, I have realized that if you focus on achieving mastery, your entire behavior changes dramatically. All of the sudden you get that extra push of motivation and that extra focus that gets you growing. And believe me, when you look at what you have done, the level of satisfaction is way higher.

I have also realized that back in the days when I was a flying trapeze artist, I was very focused on achieving mastery, although I was not aware of it!. Training every day, learning new tricks, working on technique, etc … the pursuit of mastery was part of my everyday live.

After ending my “circus adventure” and getting back to the “real world“, I have focused for long time on effectiveness and achieving my goals. However, I have stopped pursuing mastery and as a result, well, let’s say I have succeeded at accomplishing a “job well done“.

Time to make a change. Time to implement everyday what Anthony Robbins calls CANI: Constant and Never-Ending Improvement. That is how you accomplish mastery.

So, how does mastery look like? well, here I share with you a couple of examples of people that have accomplished mastery and who represent a great source of inspiration, regardless of what you do.

Cirque du Soleil

An incredible connection of music, dance, acrobatics and storytelling.

Roger Federer

Without a doubt one of the best tennis players in history. In this video … well, just check it out.


A gifted songwriter, who does not write any songs. He creates all his songs in his head and when the right melody appears he just puts everything together and creates incredible songs. Apart from his success in the music industry he has built a multimillion dollar empire with businesses in the fashion, entertainment and sports industries. In this video you see him creating a song (Warning: explicit language)

The pursuit of mastery is a long way road. You will not accomplish it quickly and it requires discipline and hard work. However this is a journey worth taking.