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This post is for the ones who want to be the BEST IN THE WORLD.

I’ve seen a lot of young, and not so young, athletes come to me wanting to be the best in the world or wanting to become world champions. If you are one of them, or know one, read along. I’ll tell you a story that could possibly save you, or someone you know, a lot of time and money.

This is how you become the best in the world, or at least one way you can achieve it:

When I was 6, I just wanted to belong to something. I joined a wrestling club. I did it because I liked how it made me feel. At first, I wanted to learn one takedown. After that, I just wanted to pin my training partners. I did that. Then, I wanted to beat the best wrestler in the gym. I did that too.

When I wanted to become the best wrestler in the country, I had become the best wrestler in my city. By the time I wanted to become the best in the world, I’d become the best wrestler in my country. I become a world champion only after I strongly believed I could actually be one. My self-belief came from doing something I love. It came from learning a takedown, from pinning my wrestling partner and becoming the best wrestler in my gym. I believed in myself even more after becoming city, and then national champion.

Winning the national title planted this seed in my head. I then started wondering if I could win some international matches. After becoming the best wrestler in my country and winning some international tournaments, I start believing that I could actually have a shot at winning a world title. That happened long after I started wrestling.

I became the best in the world only after I strongly believed in myself, not before. I became the best in the word after I belonged to a family, after learning a takedown, after I was the best in my gym, the best in my town, the best in my country. I didn’t walk into the wrestling room when I was 6 wanting to be the best in the world. That just happened as a result of achieving numerous other small goals.

I became the best in the world only after I became my BEST SELF.