ARE YOU STILL HUNGRY?
Last weekend, my son Asher told me how he was excitedly looking forward to a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) match between one of the most famous faces of the game, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. The result got me thinking of this topic of hunger and sustaining a high level of hunger after a level of success in life. So, are you still hungry? (by the way, If interested, you can get more details of the fight here)
After the tournament, the well-loved Conor McGregor who was expected to win the match lost. As Asher and I chatted about the match, I asked him; why do you think the gentleman lost this match? To which he said – ‘I think the hunger he had when he wanted to succeed is different from the level of hunger now that he has succeeded and that surely reflected in the match and the result.’ These words got me into self reflection and I share the same question with you today, Are you still hungry?
To put things in perspective about this gentleman, he’s a very good fighter who can win tough matches on his feet, but there were other good fighters before in the UFC and none of them have ever reached this kind of fever pitch following this gentleman has.
Why was Conor McGregor special as a UFC fighter?
From my findings, I gathered
Firstly, UFC fighters do not really promote their fights very much. They do not have much charisma. Many of them are reluctant to get into verbal confrontations, but Conor was different. He is like the Mohammed Alli of UFC, truly a world class fighter and a big talker.
Secondly, he had a strong drive and desire to be successful. He looked at the success of Floyd Mayweather and wanted to be as successful, so he went for his dream with a huge level of hunger and drive. Conor achieved his goal but then the question now is going on to the next level. How does he remain hungry enough to keep going after success? When you have experienced a level of success, how do you make sure you are still hungry?
Vision make a difference
It takes a conception of a new vision and a new WHY to keep going after you have achieved what is deemed as success. This will surely require you to have a dream that is beyond what you can get for yourself. In my opinion, a bigger vision that is other centric helps you keep your drive going.
Lets look at what God said about vision:
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.’ Proverbs 29:18
Everyone needs a sense of a strong vision or WHY to keep going and be happy. Whether you are already successful or still striving for success. Having a vision that is beyond you and your comfort always helps with life long dreams and keeps you consistently hungry.
How do you do that? The following question will help: why am I doing this? Who will it benefit? When I achieve my immediate goal, what else? How will God be glorified by my result?
These few questions will help you and I stay the course on the path of lifelong victory. Do not loose your dream or your drive because there is still more after success; so stay hungry.
God is on your side!
PS: You may read one of my older blog post showing how to win in the battles of life here