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Mike Tyson

Fight To Your Last Breath


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My guest today is Mike Tyson, a former heavy-weight boxing champion of the world and one of the greatest boxers of all time.

At the age of 20, he became the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold WBA, WBC, and IDF titles and a member of the international boxing Hall of Fame.

Mike has appeared in many movies and TV shows. He is the actor and creator of a one-man Broadway show Undisputed Truth, and the author of the best-selling book of the same name.

Mike is also a very successful entrepreneur and a founder of two cannabis companies, including Tyson 2.0. He is an incredible person and a dedicated philanthropist through his Mike Tyson’s Care foundation, and the support of other charities including The Make a Wish Foundation and The Special Olympics.

(1:52) Fame and money

  • Neither will make you happy
  • Become your own alarm system
  • The pain is the same at the top and the bottom of the world

(06:43) Three years in prison

  • Three best years of his life
  • Everything in life is psychological
  • Confidence brings success
  • Prison shifted his perspective (no one’s better than anyone else)

(11:33) Mike’s famous fights

  • Evander Holyfield - The Bite Fight
  • First fight in 1996, rematch 1997
  • The Sound and the Fury match
  • In the second fight – Mike got frustrated and got disqualified
  • Now they are partners
  • Buster Douglas – lost a fight from an underdog
  • Mike was happy that happened
  • He learned that losing is not as bad as you think
  • Never got discouraged in his life
  • Won the title again
  • His message to people who want to give up
  • The story of Don King
  • Adversities never stop, it’s how you handle them that can change

(19:16) Mike and Rodney Jerkins

  • Great friends with Rodney Jerkins Darkchild
  • Rodney is one of the nicest people he ever met
  • One of his best friends
  • Godley soul

(22:31) The importance of Extreme Preparation

  • It’s not for everyone
  • Balance doesn’t exist
  • Trained more than everyone else
  • Extreme preparation came from fear of failing
  • Everybody has a plan until they are punched in the mouth

(26:23) Life after boxing

  • Went totally broke after boxing and didn’t know what to do (called his wife for help and she helped him get back his life)
  • Discovered cannabis and got into the business
  • People allowed to drink and smoke on the show
  • Regrets he didn’t smoke pot while fighting
  • Mike Tyson's definition of success
  • The ingredients of success
  • What motivates Mike Tyson today?
  • The advice to a young boxer (prepare for disappointment and never give up and fight to your last breath)
  • Mike Tyson as a dad (7 kids)
  • Mike Tyson Cares Foundation

(39:16) Fill in the blank to Excellence

  • Mike Tyson's 10 year vision
  • Mike Tyson's biggest accomplishment
  • Mike Tyson's biggest regret
  • Mike Tyson's bucket list
  • Mike Tyson's hero

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