6 Things You Can Learn From Ronda Rousey

Even the mighty fall sometimes. But that doesn't mean they stay down. They rise again. We all can.  As a die hard Ronda Rousey fan you can imagine my broken heart watching her legit get beat up by Holly Holm. I froze in disbelief and I cried. Seeing your hero get crushed is like finding out Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy aren't real, all in the same day.

It was devastating.

But the thing about Ronda Rousey is that she truly is mighty. And she has fallen many times before. A lot of people only see her UFC record and not her whole life. She is a survivor - literally, she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck - life has knocked her down so many times and this is obviously not the end of her. Duh. She will heal and she will be back. And while she's resting up lets focus on how she is such an inspiration for so many people, especially women and young girls with a dream (which means this post could go on for miles... but I'll keep it reasonable.)

Ronda Rousey
photo via google images/edit made by sixonesix

Lessons From Ronda Rousey

- It's ok to have fear. "I'd rather expose myself willingly than wait in fear for it to happen against my will." Ronda stands by using fear as a motivator because fear is nothing more than a feeling and it can't actually hurt you. She believes that acting without fear is reckless and acting with fear is courageous. 

- Don't give up on yourself and what you want. Although she's an Olympic medalist, she lost her first go at it. She's been homeless and lived out of her car. But she knew she wanted to fight and she was determined for women to be allowed in the UFC. With all the road blocks she hit, she always found a way to keep going forward and she dominated her dreams above and beyond. Hard work pays off.

- You can't please everyone - and that's ok.  "No matter how much you try or what you say, people aren't going to fully understand you or where you're coming from. You just have to get used to being misunderstood". 

Ronda Rousey
via google images

A single defeat is not a final defeat.  Like I said, this is not the end of her. She rocked 12 fights in a row, 1 knock out is nothing. The many champs before her had a few losses as well. It's part of the ride. 

  • Mike Tyson (50W - 6L)
  • Muhammad Ali (56W - 5L)
  • Manny Pacquiao (57W - 6L)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez (107W - 6L)

And these are all legends that we still praise to this day.  (so if you're one of those "fans" that turned your back on her after one loss, fuck you.)

- Never underestimate the underdog.  Well, I don't think Ronda realized how ready Holly was, I don't think anyone realized that actually. It's no secret that Ronda is incredibly confident, which is amazing because I personally find that to be so incredibly hard. But a clear lesson on this one is to always take at least a bite of that humble pie to stay afloat. There is always someone out there that can be better, even if it's just for one night. 

Ronda Rousey
via google images

- Know when to walk away. Ronda has famously said that she wants to retire undefeated (of course, who doesn't?!) but she has also always been very well aware that someone, like Holly, would take her belt someday. A direct quote from the very end of her book - "I look forward to the day where I can give up my belt, and let two other girls fight for it... I will accept that it's their turn to carry the belt and the title and everything it represents.... that day is somewhere on the horizon, but it's not here yet..."  

Ronda will find her way back, she always has. There will be a rematch. 


This quote has been sitting in my About page for a really long time and it's one of my favorites:

"I think there is an Eddie Murphy quote that I am probably butchering, but he said, Don’t let the compliments make you feel good because then you are going to allow the insults to make you feel bad. So I try not to let how people perceive me be how I perceive myself. I try not to take any of them to heart." 
- Ronda Rousey

If you are a Ronda fan, or are looking for inspiration from a story of tragedy to triumph, have days when you want to completely give up and live in a dark hole, need your spirit lifted, to understand that you are not alone - I highly highly recommend reading her book, My Fight/Your Fight. You will turn the last page with an extra pep in your step and your chin a little higher towards the sky. I promise.

Rousey My Fight Your Fight

For me, Ronda is the defiinition of perseverance.


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