I’m travelling home today from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, California. It has been been an amazing couple of days filled with world class seminars, and exciting matches. I had the chance to either meet, take a seminar from, or watch in competition (to name only a few):
Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Renzo Gracie, Roger Gracie, Rener Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Kron Gracie, Buchecha, The Mendes Brothers, The Miyao Brothers, Keenan Cornelius, Draculino, Andre Galvao, Jeff Glover, Dean Lister, Roberto Abreu, Ricardo Almeida, Xande Ribeiro, Romulo Barral, Braulio Estima, as well as UFC Fighters Frankie Edgar, Carlos Condit, and Jake Shields.
For people who don’t follow Jiu-Jitsu, these names don’t mean anything, but those who follow the sport will recognize some of the past and present greatest champions that the sport has ever seen. Many of the individuals also coming from very impoverished backgrounds to achieve their success, despite very difficult circumstances and long odds.
I noticed a very distinct feeling this weekend as I watched the matches, participated in the seminars and met the fighters:
In my own unique way, in my own unique journey in life, I felt a very strong desire to achieve my personal best
I’ve experienced this feeling many times before in my life. In fact, I often feel it when I train at Gracie Barra Calgary. When I am around individuals who are pushing themselves for their personal best, it makes me want to push myself for my personal best.
I don’t feel like I’m in competition with anyone. I only feel like I am in competition with myself, and the competition is whether I can get the best out of myself during my life.
I believe that there is great power in who we associate with, and the more that we associate with, or expose ourselves to people who are trying each day to be their personal best, the more we will strive to be our personal best as well.
That is another reason why I am growing to love Jiu-Jitsu, I am constantly surrounded by people who are striving to be their personal best, and this association motivates me to be my personal best, in every aspect of my life: a better father, a better husband, a better entrepreneur, a better writer, and a better student.