Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson) Secretary of State Ross Miller certainly has the right mental attitude towards his goals, including Martial Arts.
Secretary of State Ross Miller’s achieved a victorious KO in his 1st MMA match this year. While not playing his role as a senior official to the US government and a advisor to the president, Ross finds time to not only train martial arts, but his take his talents into the ring. Four short years after starting his training in 2008, he entered the ring and left victorious, of course, plugging the upcoming elections and urging the crowd to go out and vote. This guy is a class act! Here’s the link to the article.
In any case, what’s more interesting is that what got him into martial arts in the first place is a “boring elliptical”. He was watching some dudes sparring on a mixed martial arts show on TV while he was exercising on the elliptical. That inspired him to find a trainer, which lead to working his ass off in training, and the rest is history. Pretty awesome!
Excellence is a standard that you hold yourself to. Decide to be excellent. Decide on how things are going to be for you. If you want to compete in the Martial Arts, do it!
This reminds me of my entrance into the martial arts world back in 07. Before I committed my life to spreading the art of Muay Thai, I worked as a ‘lead investigator’ for a large pharmaceutical company. All in all, I look back and I cherish every memory of that time of my life and it spurred me onto discover that teaching martial arts was my purpose in life. It was at this point, I took the step to find my instructor, Kru Eric Karner. He showed me the ropes of Muay Thai (no pun intended), taught me how to fight, cornered me countless times, and even showed me how to navigate Thailand so I could take my game to that next level.
At the end of the day, if you always say to yourself you don’t have enough time to do something you always wanted to do, you never will. What we say to ourselves consistently eventually becomes reality. Find whatever it is that drives you, that makes you a little scared. It’s probably closer to what your heart is calling for than whatever you’re doing that isn’t truly fulfilling you. Throughout my training, Kru Eric trained me during the after hours, after my 9-5 was over. A lot of those days I was able to get in 2, 3, or even 4 hours of martial arts training on top of my work and other responsibilities. Even moreso, hat’s off to Ross Miller for holding that Secretary of State position and still finding the time to decide to pursue his passion in mixed martial arts. Being a cabinet member and answering to the president himself, I’ll bet he had quite the busy schedule himself! If he found the time to train martial arts and fight on top of all that, what’s really stopping you?