Conor Mcgregor. That name means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Definitely one of the most marmite characters in the sporting industry right now, but in my opinion, definitely the biggest and the best.
His story is one of complete inspiration and I don’t think any other athlete has ever single-handedly raised the profile of their sport as much as Conor has – certainly not in such a short amount of time.
So, who is Conor Mcgregor and what life lessons can he teach us?
Mcgregor grew up in a small town in Dublin, Ireland. He wasn’t a spectacular person by any stretch of the imagination, dabbling in football and boxing like a lot of young men tend to do. He finished school and got himself a plumbing apprenticeship – not exactly the makings of a worldwide superstar.
It was only once his family moved to another town in Dublin that we would find his way into mixed martial arts. He met Tom Egan upon moving to Lucan and shortly after, they started MMA training together. After training for just over a year, Mcgregor entered his first amateur fight and a year after that he entered his first professional one. That then triggered one of the most rapid rises through the sporting ranks that the industry has seen, with Conor now entering multi-million pound fights at the age of 29.
Conor’s best quotes
“The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable”
“I am cocky in prediction. I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.”
“We’re not just here to take part — we’re here to take over.”
“My success isn’t a result of arrogance, it’s a result of belief.”
“The thing about truth is, not a lot of people can handle it”
Lessons we can learn from him
Keep your circle small
Mcgregor has had the same team behind him since he first started training professionally in 2008. This has allowed him to stay focused on his goals and not disrupt the status quo of his camp at all for almost 10 years.
This stability has been paramount in his success, ensuring that those around him are genuine and are working together towards the same goals. It also alleviates any tension caused by money grabbers or fame-hungry hangers on – something common with famous people who like to hang round in large groups (think literally any reality TV star ever).
By keeping your circle small it means you are not constantly having to maintain countless friendships and waste energy on those people who you only see when it suits them. Make sure you surround yourself with like minded people whose company is mutually enjoyable and beneficial and you will never have to waste precious energy on pointless relationships again.
Obsession is key
Conor always refers to his undying work ethic in interviews, he often states how he is ‘obsessed’ with improving himself and being the best in his discipline. He stays single-minded when trying to achieve something – telling people of how he trains, then goes home and thinks about training until he trains again the next day. This is the perfect example of how single-mindedness and obsession leads to untold success if you stick to it long enough.
Being obsessed with your goal is not something you should take lightly. Having laser-like single-minded focus on your goals can help you to reach heights you never dreamed of. By blocking out distractions and being goal orientated, you will allow yourself to reach a state whereby your goals are your main driving force for getting up in the morning. Only once you eat, sleep and breathe your dream will you be able to achieve it. Nobody ever became successful by half-arsing their goals.
Being you stands out more than being someone else
If there’s one thing that Conor is known for more than his trash talk, it’s his extravagant fashion sense. Everyone in the UFC was dressing in snapbacks, Tapout t-shirts and all round awful American-dress-down clothes.
Conor decided he wasn’t going to conform to this and rocked up in £5000 suits, Gucci loafers, Fur minks and just about everything in between. He had his own unique style, he stuck to it and do you know what? People took notice, because he was different – because he was himself.
You can use this knowledge to shape your personal brand and who you are. Don’t try and be whoever has gone before you because you think that’s what sells. Develop yourself into who you want to be and stick to it. If someone doesn’t like it, so what? The chances are, most people will. People can tell when someone is being genuine and it is one of the most endearing qualities you can possess. This is why people like Conor Mcgregor and why people will like you.
Conor Mcgregor has inspired thousands to follow their passions with unrelenting passion and can teach us so much about how hard work and a dream can turn anyone into a success. Take these lessons and apply them to your life if you want to pursue your dreams and live the life you want.