60: Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, 4x Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World - “You can’t let your shortcomings keep you from going after your gift.”
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview 4x heavyweight boxing champion of the world, author, public speaker, and founder of The HolyField Foundation, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.
Grace under pressure. Those are the three words most commonly associated with the only 4x heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. With the unrelenting support of his coaches and a mother who would never let him quit, Evander took any adversity he faced in his life and channeled it into a winning attitude. He was told on numerous occasions that he was simply too nice to be a boxer; too nice to compete in the sport he chose, the sport he loved, and the sport he excelled at. But Evander never saw it that way. He was a fighter, a contender, and a warrior, and because of the grace he received from God, Evander chose to exude that same grace in every match he ever fought in.
From getting his ears bitten off by Mike Tyson, to having his chances at an Olympic gold medal stripped away, to every scenario where it appeared he got the short end of the stick, Evander never used an excuse and continued forward with the utmost respect for his opponents and his sport.
He discovered early on what it was going to take to turn his boxing fantasies into real goals, and once he set his pursuits in motion, he never looked back. Using his passion and drive developed in the sport of boxing, paired with his desire to help those children who came from the same difficult circumstances he came from, Evander founded The Holyfield Foundation, which champions the advice that his mother instilled within him: “Love is when you want someone to be better than you.”
Today, Evander is dedicated to helping the next generation see all that they are capable of, and be the guide to those children that he had in his mother and his coaches.
In celebration of the 60th episode of Keep Moving Forward, and in honor of Evander Holyfield’s June 2017 induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame, I hope that all who listen are inspired to get up, get going, and never quit. Because, according to Evander Holyfield, the only time you ever lose is when you quit.
If you would like to learn more about Evander, you can visit http://www.evanderholyfield.com/, follow him on Facebook @TheRealDealHolyfield, on Twitter @Holyfield, and pick up a copy of his books Holyfield: The Humble Warrior, and Becoming Holyfield, today.
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245: Mitch Darnton, Founder of TQN Training - “I just love to work hard.”
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243: DeAnn Golden, Realtor, Mom, and Former Collegiate Swimmer - “Just put your head down and keep kicking.”
242: Eliot Marshall, TedX Speaker, Best Selling Author, retired UFC Fighter, and now Coach - “I am enough.”
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240: Anna Elliott, CrossFit Coach, Personal Trainer, and former Collegiate Basketball Player - “The only thing you have control over is your effort.”
239: Jamie Simmonds, 4x CrossFit Games Athlete and 2019 3rd Fittest Woman on Earth - “Onwards and upwards.”
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237: Lindsay Andrew, CF-L3 Trainer, CrossFit HQ Staff Member, and Head Coach at CrossFit Rife - “It’s funny…you do not realize how unfulfilled you are until you become fulfilled again.”
236: LeShonda Martin, Former Collegiate Basketball Player and Founder of the Sport Sorority - “Bet on yourself.”
235: Mel Sachs, Former Dancer, Basketball & Softball Player, and Family Advocate at Children’s Cove - “Softball gave me victory over my circumstances.”
234: Jason Fernandez, Former Collegiate Basketball Player, CF-L3, CrossFit Rife Owner, and Podcaster - “The worst thing you can do when you make mistakes is dwell on them.”
233: Katy Galli, Founder of the KMF Collective - “Setting goals from a place of fear is far less effective than setting goals from a place of passion.”
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