Lead by example: Three things I learned from Chris Eubank

If you ask me one word that springs to mind when I think of Chris Eubank, I would say “leadership”.

He carries himself with dignity, humility and self-respect, and by doing that he encourages everyone around him to do the same.

Here are three of the top lessons I learned speaking to Chris Eubank:

  1. The warrior leads by example
  2. Those who take risks are truly free
  3. Be humble

  1. The warrior leads by example

Chris told me that the warrior’s duty is to offer an example of the best a human can be. He is there to inspire others through his dedication and achievement.

This is true. This is why we love Muhammad Ali. It’s the reason why people still praise Conor McGregor, even in defeat.

It’s the reason why Chris Eubank commands the respect of younger generations years after his fight career came to an end.

People seek leadership, and the most powerful leadership is by example. If you want people to respect you, then you better act like it. Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.

  1. Those who take risks are truly free

Only a fighter can really know the value of this statement. But all of us in the entrepreneurial game know the importance of risk.

You can’t take risks unless you start to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That was the big lesson I learned from Dan Pena too – taking risks is good for business.

The trouble with taking risks is that there’s nowhere to hide. You can’t rest easy, there is no short cut.

But if you take risks in life, even in the midst of failure, the payoffs are huge. Again, look at Conor McGregor. He took a huge risk, and lost.

But compared to the rest of us, fighters like that are free, they are not boxed in by shame, limitations or fear. Risk is part of their daily life.

To succeed in any area of life, you need to think like a fighter, and make a friend of risk.

  1. Be humble

Whether it was talking about the Pale Blue Dot, or why he lived a theatrical life in the fight game, Chris’s message is one of humility.

Chris is a very confident man, and he dresses sharp, and talks with authority. But the truth is, anyone that ever meets him realises that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

By his own admission, he is an actor, he is playing a part in order to make a point.

But when Chris spoke to me about meeting Nelson Mandela, it was clear that the trait Chris values above all things is humility.

What made Mandela great was that he didn’t see himself as someone above other human beings, rather as someone who serves others.

Chris does this too. As a public speaker and teacher, Chris cares deeply about inspiration, and effecting a change in the human heart.

That is a true warrior. Like the Samurai of old, he lives for the service of others, for something bigger than himself.London Real Academy is about helping you to find that greater purpose, that higher calling that will not only give your life meaning, but will make the world a better place.

I think Chris Eubank remains a London Real favourite because he taps into that need we all have, to live for something bigger than ourselves.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you learned from this great man.

One thought on “Lead by example: Three things I learned from Chris Eubank”

  1. I have always been a huge fan of Chris, albeit when he started and first fought my man Nigel Benn, I completely fell for his act and was annoyed by his arrogance. When he beat Benn, however, I thought again….
    I started to watch him more closely and saw how he created his persona to generate publicity and advance his career at pace…smart move.
    I loved his style (and still do) and the way he carried himself with real confidence. He shares the same Birthday as me (August 8) and he is a typical Leo. He moves around like he’s the King of the Jungle.
    He learnt so much about himself in the second Watson fight (as he says in the video). As a boxer myself, I can tell you that to find that massive punch after he had been knocked down, was utterly astonishing.
    I came to this site because of Chris. I have learnt much more, having arrived. I have three disabled children and my challenge is to strive and succeed in life, whilst trying to accept what happened to my kids. I need to get them through life, as they have severe limitations put on them by their disability.
    The most telling thing about Chris came in a fight he did not mention in his interview. He fought Carl Thompson for the WBO title late on in his career. Three years earlier Chris would have destroyed him, but boxing catches up with everyone…
    I loved Chris but we all knew Carl (as we still do). He was a friendly doorman at a local nightclub. My loyalties were divided.
    Early on Chris took a thumb in the eye. It swelled and closed. A disaster for a fighter, as it limits you terribly. You won’t see half of the punches.
    Chris was on the ropes, taking a pounding and the great George Foreman, who was at ringside commentating for American TV, was moved by his plight. He shouted up “leave it Chris, you’ve had enough!” Chris turned and looked at him and shook his head vehemently. Believe me, the man would not quit for anything. When you are a fighter and you know how hard it can be, then moments like that stay with you forever…what a fighter he was and what a man he is…

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