Recently I released a new eBook called Hard Fought Lessons by an Olympic Judoka.
This is the first time ever I have written about the motivational stories and people that helped me continually move towards my goals as I chased my Judo dreams. I have already received a few emails from people letting me know that they loved the first few chapters on the key to success and the fact that age doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to succeeding in life.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the chapters in Hard Fought Lessons:
Chapter 3: Age means nothing
From a young age many up and coming Judoka are told that they are too young to do this or too young to do that. This chapter challenges this idea because there have been many great people who have succeeded at a young age. Ryoko Tani at the age of 16 won a bronze medal at the World Championships and a year later at the Barcelona Olympics she claimed the silver medal at the young age of 17. Christopher Paulini write the world-famous Eragon at 15 years of age. In this chapter I challenge you to not let people tell you that you cannot do something because of your age.
Chapter 4: The cost of dreaming
This was one of my favorite chapters to write. Many people have the dream of becoming successful in business, in sport and in life but many of them are not prepared to pay the price of success. No one wants to put in the hard work needed to really succeed. In this chapter I write about elite level gymnasts who give up a large chunk of their childhood to chase their Olympic dream. I write about Kim Jae-Bum who fought out and won the Beijing Olympic Games despite his coach pleading for him to go to hospital because of his injuries. Do you want to know what it really takes to succeed in the Judo arena?
Chapter 6: Keep turning up
Continually turning up to training is one of the best ways you can set yourself up to succeed. I reveal how Olympic Judo Champion Mark Huizinga and Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling Champion Rulon Gardner were not successful junior athletes but they continually turned up to training and put in the work. A few years later they went on to win the one of the greatest prizes – the Olympic Games!! You will learn how the rule of turning up can make or break your journey.
Chapter 7: Roadblocks & Detours
Everyone in life experiences things that stop us from moving forwards. These can be things such as injuries, finances, training etc. In this chapter I talk about how the circumstances we found ourselves in can sometimes be a detour towards our goal – not a roadblock. You will learn how to recognize detours and what you can do about them to ensure you are still travelling the path you want to take.
Chapter 10: Comfort zones:
Comfort zones are something an elite level Judoka should never live inside. You must learn to push yourself outside of your comfort zone time and time again. Your ability to improve is determined by how much you are willing to get outside of your comfort zone. In this chapter you will discover that, just like a muscle, you learn, develop and grow when you are pushed to the limit.
I wrote this book for up and coming Judoka who want to know what it is like to live as an elite athlete in the sport of Judo. If you know of a young Judoka who has their eyes set chasing their Judo dreams then I encourage you to grab them a copy because I am convinced they will benefit.