A ‘Winner’s Mentality’ in study

On Saturday the 12th of November Conor McGregor made UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) history by being the first to be both UFC featherweight champion and lightweight champion.

The Irishman didn’t win those titles by talent and hard work alone, he also backed himself 100% (probably more). His self-belief is something that all wanting to be successful should take into consideration.

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist; we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

McGregor is the best/slightly unorthodox example of a ‘winner’s mentality.’ Before every fight he has predicted how he will beat his opponent and proves his prediction in the ring.

The way he conducts himself to the media might dismay some people but his personality and arrogance out of the ring is part of his professional persona, he frankly doesn’t give a care in the world about what people think of him.

As Conor McGregor shows in his professional life, you and only you are your own money-maker. He came from a working class background in Dublin to being the highest paid UFC fighter selling out stadiums and entertaining thousands.

Lately I have noticed how much of society belittles their ability to achieve. I know I do when I start comparing my knowledge with my flatmates and peers at university. Just because others have strong and valid arguments on the current political state of the world or don’t freak out at the thought of writing a dissertation next year doesn’t mean I am less intelligent.

McGregor’s win in the weekend, his motivation, resilience and positive visualization has made me come to the conclusion that a positive or negative mindset in any part of your life will determine  your reality. McGregor explains his character, “I am cocky in prediction. I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.”

If you want something bad enough and are willing to work for it nothing, no excuses should stop you. We are as capable as our minds believe we are. And should all back ourselves in study or professional life with a Conor McGregor mentality.


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