R E S P E C T

In Blog, Hustle Podcast by Eric Byrnes

Just finished listening to Jim Rome’s podcast with David Goggins…

There was a point when Goggins was talking about Rocky fighting Apollo Creed and how that scene helped changed Goggins life. It was the 14th round and Rocky had been knocked down when everybody, including Rocky’s trainer Mick, was telling him to “stay down.”

Rome asked why that scene resonated with him and this is what Goggins had to say:

“People don’t respect success… They respect the motherf*cker who gets the f*ck up after he got his ass shellacked.”

You are gosh damn right Goggins…

People admire success of others, but respect is EARNED when people truly understand the arduous process it took to achieve that success. Outsiders in our life want to be able to relate our struggles with their real life struggles. Life isn’t easy and it is not supposed to be easy. When you are unrelatable, as simple as it is for people to admire your talent, it’s just as easy for them to be totally indifferent when it comes to real life respect, which has a much deeper meaning predicated on things that go well beyond your craft…

When Tiger Woods hit absolute rock bottom a few years ago, many people wondered how he could possibly ever come back into the good graces of the American public. Before the Tiger shit show went down, the entire country obviously admired Tigers talent, but it’s tough to say many people had an internal deep respect for him… We didn’t know him.

Then when his private life unfolded in soap opera fashion in front of the whole world, people were appalled and disgusted by his actions. He lost his wife, his sponsors, and the way the timing lined up with his injuries, it seemed like his career…

What was once the crown prince of the entire sporting world, who was never caught out of character, was completely stripped down and revealed in all of his glory.

Tiger had got the shovel, dug his own grave and buried himself alive…

But something funny happened while he was slowly dying in the bed of shit that he made.

People actually began to relate with Tiger.

He was flawed, and so are we…

Tiger dealt with marital issues, job struggles and a variety of addictions… Three things that made Tiger, well, just like the rest of us.

When Tiger pulled off the comeback win at the Masters this year, never in my life had I seen so many people be emotionally moved by his victory at Augusta.

As a matter of fact, I watched it in a car with my Uber driver who was from the Middle East. When Tiger hoisted his son in the air, two grown men with not much in common on the surface shed tears together…

Why?

R E S P E C T.

Why?

Because in a very deep rooted way, both of us could relate to the “Motherf*cker who gets the f*ck up after he got his ass shellacked.”

-EB