"How are you going to be a hero if you aren't afraid."-Mike Tyson
On the most recent episode of my podcast, Unplugged with Brandon Steiner, I spoke with former Heavyweight Champion of the world, Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson is not only one of the most dynamic personalities in the sport of boxing, but in all of pop culture. One of the most influential athletes of the last 30 years, Mike will forever be known as one of the hardest punchers to ever strap on the gloves. The youngest heavyweight champion in the history of the sport, he has now regained his prominence as an actor, along with having multiple shows and films based around his life. Mike has become an icon.
In our conversation, Mike talks a lot about having fear in the ring. Fear isn't something to be viewed as a negative, it should be viewed as a driving force to achieve your dreams. For Mike his fear was not succeeding, and for you it may be something different, but you need to have a fear and it has to motivate you to accomplish your goals.
No matter who wants to admit it, we are all afraid. We each have different fears, but somethings frightens us more than anyone could ever imagine. The word alone scares me, but I don't let it take over me. You must embrace your fears. By doing this you are welcoming the idea that you can fail, but that you won't let the things that scare you prevent you from achieving your dreams.
Fear is valuable, it drives you, it motivates you, and it makes you want to overcome every obstacle. Never let your fear control you. Always take control of your fear and then nothing will be in your way.
In this episode we discuss:
- Growing up in Brooklyn
- His first fight
- Thoughts on the National Anthem protests
- Fear in sports
- If he regrets biting Holyfields ear off
- The greatest fight of all time
- ...and more.