I avoided this read (the one mentioned in the title of this post) for a while despite having it on my bookshelf for what seemed like ages before I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. I’m not going to write a review; I just wanted to share my favorite parts of GSP’s book. It’s a mix of fighting philosophy and science, while also learning about GSP and his life.:
“As Aristotle wrote a long, long time ago, and I’m paraphrasing here, the goal is to avoid mediocrity by being prepared to try something and either failing miserably or triumphing grandly. Mediocrity is not about failing, and it’s the opposite of doing. Mediocrity, in other words, is about not trying. The reason is achingly simple, and I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” — Georges St-Pierre (The Way of the Fight, Pg.8)
“The power of the unexpected. The worst punches are the ones you don’t see coming. The ones that don’t give your brain an instant to prepare you for the blow. The ones looking for a place to connect. Especially when the thrust — be it a fist, knee or foot — strikes your temple or your chin. Those are the strikes you don’t immediately feel. You can’t. Your body gives priority to all of the power exiting it. The powerful and instant displacement of human matter is so great that your knees buckle, then cease to function. All of you ceases to function. And you go down.” — Georges St-Pierre (The Way of the Fight, Pg.27)
“You don’t get better on the days when you feel like going. You get better on the days when you don’t want to go, but you go any way.” — Unknown (The Way of the Fight by Georges St-Pierre, Pg.178)
“The real test is this one: When you’re alone in a room, when you’re in a private place and nobody else can see you, what do you choose to do? Eat well, or eat poorly? Exercise, or watch television? Practice something, or do nothing? The best version of the truth appears to you and you alone, when nobody else can see. This is the test of discipline, and it’s what makes the difference in your life. It’s what regulates your own system and guides it. The individual alone comprehends it.” — Georges St-Pierre (The Way of the Fight, Pg.183-184)
If I were a high school English teacher and was afforded the opportunity, I’d have my students read GSP’s “The Way of the Fight” rather than some shitty, overrated novel from the 1940s. You can apply so much of this book to so many things in life.
Keep moving, learn from the past and open yourself to the present.
The book showed the man behind the champion, revealing his fears, his insights, his strengths, his vision and how he remained true to his beliefs and core values. He is a man who has kept an open mind to learning and possibilities that he face in every circumstance that he encounters. What makes him a champion is by being a glass that is neither half full nor half empty, but rather a glass that is at half capacity, skillful enough, prepared, persistent, insightful and knowledgeable yet still open to acquire new wisdom, possibilities and change. He keeps moving, persisting along this continuum of failure and success, of fear and happiness, in order to continuously achieve self-discovery and self-realization; The Way of The Fight.
Indeed he is a true inspiration and a champion.