I never won a National Championship.
I have never been an All-American.
I never won a State Championship or even a Sectional Championship.
Heck, I don’t even have cauliflower ear.
Not even on one ear.
But 36 years after wrestling my last match, I still consider myself a wrestler.
That is because wrestling, to me, is more than a sport; it is a lifestyle.
Looking back over my time in this sport, it is clear to me that there are two types of former wrestlers.
Wrestlers who successfully bridged into life by applying the discipline and principles they learned on the mat, and those wrestlers who hadn’t.
I noticed that it didn’t matter what a wrestler’s accolades were; each type of former wrestler existed at every level of success or non-success in the sport.
I am amazed at the disparity in the quality of life between the wrestlers who had applied the principles they lived on the mat and those who didn’t.
The wrestlers who didn’t - never used their resources to propel them into life to be able to handle the adversities life would throw at them.
They seemed to be beaten by the exact principles wrestling taught.
How ironic, the very people who lived the principles on the mat didn’t apply them off the mat.
I have been blessed to understand that wrestling is much more than a sport; it is a lifestyle.
That has been invaluable to my life. It has made such a difference in the quality of my life.
So much so that I feel compelled to share the principles that I’ve learned.
My hope is that these principles will ring true to wrestlers who need them the most.
Champions who need help in life.
My other hope is to bring homage to a sport that, when all the accounting is complete, has given to me more than I gave to it.
And I gave it everything I had.
And in return, it gave me everything that I am.
I am a wrestler.
I’ve lived for 6 years on the mat. And a lifetime off the mat.
“Wrestling Rules For Life” are the principles that have been so valuable to me.
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