People often attribute “passiveness” to the achievements of those who excel in their craft. However, success is a multifaceted outcome that relies on talent, hard work, and even a bit of luck. While some individuals possess innate talent, their success is not solely based on luck. Talent alone is not enough; it requires dedication, guidance, and a strong work ethic. Let’s explore the journey of boxing legend Mike Tyson to understand the importance of these factors.

Mike Tyson, regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history, possessed remarkable talent from a young age. His trainer, Cus D’Amato, recognized Tyson’s potential, describing him as the most talented fighter he had ever seen. However, Tyson’s success was not solely attributed to his talent. D’Amato played a vital role in shaping Tyson’s career by teaching him how to leverage his size, power, and intelligence. D’Amato instilled in Tyson a strong work ethic and a never-give-up attitude.

Tyson’s success was not a stroke of luck. He distinguished himself by his willingness to go above and beyond what others were willing to do. He trained relentlessly, worked harder, and maintained a high level of discipline. While luck can create opportunities by being in the right place at the right time, true success requires dedication and sacrifice. Even with guidance from the best, without a strong work ethic, becoming the best is unattainable.

The Importance of Guidance and Nourishment

Reflecting on Tyson’s journey, it becomes clear how many talented individuals may have “missed their chance” due to the lack of proper guidance and support. Luck certainly plays a role, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Having the right mentor or supporter who believes in your potential can make all the difference in unlocking your true abilities.

Essential Principles for Success

To achieve success in any endeavor, consider the following principles:


  1. Set clear goals: Knowing where you are headed provides a roadmap for your journey. Break down your goals into manageable steps to make them less daunting and more achievable.
  2. Be a doer, not a talker: Action is key. Talk less and do more, unless you plan to become a speaker. Take consistent action every day, and over time, your dreams will become your reality.
  3. Resilience: Success often involves facing high-stakes situations and making tough decisions under pressure. Develop mental toughness and learn from setbacks.
  4. Don’t give up. There will be setbacks along the way. But don’t get discouraged. Remember, success is not linear, and failure should never be an option.
    Embrace the setbacks and learn the lessons that come from them. If failure isn’t an option you are willing to accept, then keep going.
  5. Discipline: Discipline is essential for greatness. Avoid skipping training or taking shortcuts. Commit to following instructions and putting in the necessary hours without complaint.
  6. Stay on the bright side: Positivity is contagious and attracts others. Avoid being a person who finds problems in every solution. Your thoughts and actions shape your reality, so cultivate a positive attitude to stay motivated and focused on your goals.

My achievements in life are not close to Tyson’s records but I am proud of my own work and achievements. I feel humbled by the results I have seen from being disciplined.

When people say, “You’re so lucky to be doing what you love,” it’s important to acknowledge the role of luck in discovering your passion. However, turning that passion into a livelihood requires hard work, risk-taking, and perseverance. Success is an ongoing journey with ups and downs. Stay humble, embrace the lessons from setbacks, and remember that the effort you put in will ultimately determine the outcomes you achieve.

In the grand scheme of things, success is a reflection of the dedication and commitment you bring to your craft. Talent may be a starting point, but it is your actions, resilience, and unwavering work ethic that will truly shape your path to greatness.

There’s nothing passive about being successful. Being the best requires a lot of maintenance. My first advice is to find what you love doing, then allow it to define you.

Do something amazing,

Tsahi Shemesh
Krav Maga Experts

1 comment

  1. As someone who recently experienced feelings of failure and frustration related to mastering a set of skills I feel I should have mastered by now; I particularly relate to bullet #4. Specifically, where you point out that success is not linear. My learning curve seems to follow more of a rollercoaster path of highs and lows. Your advice to discover the lessons from those experiences, has really helped me to think about how/why I ended up on that path, and what I need to do differently to reach my own personal goals and achieve success. Thank you for all that you do to inspire and help others grow!

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