You may have seen Ronda Rousey in films including Furious 7 and The Entourage. But Ronda is more than just a pretty face with a kick ass body.
She is an Olympic judo medallist and the first female fighter in UFC.
Personally, I’m not much of a sports person but I do admire the discipline and tenacity athletes develop in order to become champions.
That’s why I wanted to read this book.
Today I want to share with you a list of the main things I learnt from reading My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey.
What I learnt From Ronda Rousey’s Book
It’s Ok To Struggle
Ronda Rousey is currently going through a tough time in her sports career. She lost her undefeated title and many are questioning her future in sports.
Honestly, I don’t care if she is not longer the UFC undefeated Champion or if I didn’t read this book when her sports career was at its highest.
Learning about Ronda and seeing her challenges and failures made me relate to her even more.
She reminds me we are all humans and life gets hard and even champions struggle, so it’s ok if we struggle too.
Success Stories Come With Personal Pain
It’s easy to see successful people and think they had the perfect circumstances to become successful.
However, I haven’t met the first successful person who hasn’t experienced some level of personal pain.
Ronda almost died when she was born. As a result, she had difficulties developing her speech. To make things even harder she lost her dad to suicide when she was only eight years old.
She also had a fair share of money problems and a bunch of challenging stories that made me realise we just don’t know how hard successful people struggle.
“Pain Is Just One Piece of Information”
I can only imagine how much physical pain fighters have to endure. The training process and fights surely are not an easy ride.
It was insightful when Ronda mentioned that “pain is just one piece of information” and how the body and the mind can be trained to process that piece of information without letting it turn everything else into chaos.
I always saw pain as a sign of unnecessary effort or the result of a wrong choice.
At times, this may be the case but the discomfort we feel when we are growing and stretching our abilities is part of the journey to becoming successful.
We must learn to master the art of managing pain and learn to tune it out when it’s time to get things done.Effort and pain are necessary if you want to be successful Click To Tweet
Even The Toughest and Hottest Chicks Have to Deal With Shitty Ex-boyfriends, Haters and Body Issues
This happens to best of us. No one is exempt from heartache, criticism and insecurities.
Ronda had a fair share of terrible boyfriends who lied, cheated and disrespected her.
The most important thing is not to allow those experiences define our lives or our self-worth. We are all here to learn and some lessons need to be experienced to be understood.
She also struggled with eating disorders trying to make weight for each competition (I didn’t know how gruelling that process was) but she found a way to overcome them.
In many occasions, her body has been described as masculine looking. What’s her answer to that?
“Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f-cking millionaires, doesn’t mean it’s masculine. It’s femininely bad ass”. Powerful stuff and we all can learn from that.
Being Mediocre Is a Choice
We all know success is the accumulation of effort, discipline and hard work. Therefore, We must choose to apply and challenge ourselves if we want to excel.
There is not need to hinder our progress and potential by choosing to do things half way or doing less than what we are capable of.
That doesn’t mean we need to step on people or cut corners to succeed. I agree with the following quote from the book:
“It’s not just about winning, it is about how you win.
It’s not about winning pretty, it’s about winning honourably”
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt empowered, inspired and motivated to fight for the things that matter the most to me.
If you are looking for a great book to read, I highly recommend it.
Let me know what you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book.
Thank you for reading!