Recently, we sat down with our CEO Brandon Learmond to talk about the people he draws inspiration from. While the Richard Bransons and Elon Musk of this world were mentioned, one name that kept cropping up was boxing icon, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
During his career Mayweather held multiple world titles in 5 weight classes and lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. Back in 2017, Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor via TKO in the 10th round, surpassing Rocky Marciano and setting the record for the longest active unbeaten streak in a professional career at 50–0.
“I think a general lesson in success that can be taken from Floyd is that consistency is key – if you want the reputation as the best in your field, you need to keep delivering, keep producing – keep raising the bar. Legacies aren’t built overnight – it takes years of effort, but I think these days there’s so much hunger for instant gratification that we forget it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” comments our CEO Brandon Learmond.
We agree with our CEO, however, he is far more than an incredible athlete – he is also a very astute businessman who regularly topped the Forbes list year after year. His last mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao made him over $180 million dollars in one night – now that’s what we call a return on investment!
As a collective, B.A.L.L Events & Promotions can take inspiration from Mayweather in a couple of different ways.
He’s a master of commitment
Anyone can be great for a day or a week, but can you be great for a month – a year? – a decade?! Both the admirers and the haters of Floyd will tell you that he puts in the hard work and dedication to his craft, despite his ‘party boy’ persona, he is extremely disciplined. He trains incessantly, doesn’t drink, has a personal chef to keep his nutrition on point. No Maccy D’s for Mayweather.
He’s a great student
Mayweather is a student of boxing. When he’s not in training he is always working and learning a new move to take down his opponents in the ring. It’s this approach, which kept him on his game for nearly 20 years. He never took his foot off the gas, or rested on his laurels – he strived to be the best every single day, and if others were able to channel that mentality, we have no doubt they too would achieve success in their chosen field.
Talent without hard work is like an amazing singer—who never sings. Hard work makes the potential, actual.