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The Opposite of Courage is Conformity

One of the most legendary figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is none other than Rickson Gracie.  His undefeated record doesn’t come close to explaining how ahead of his time he was during his career.  Whether it be his Vale Tudo Championship in 1994 and 1995 or the countless stories of those who have witnessed his effectiveness, there is little doubt he is the best. His words are few but people listen when he speaks, myself being one of them.  That’s why I decided to post this 8 minute clip below, it’s one I revisit every couple months.  I find that it helps me stay grounded to what is really important, as life can be distracting.  The full interview can be found here.  It is the only one of its kind, as they sit down for almost 3 hours.

” I believe that the opposite of courage is conformity” – Rickson Gracie

It shows a rare glimpse into his mindset and approach to life.    It’s one that values quality of life and being at service.  I admire his belief that we should only pursue things that are really relevant to our soul, as the window of life is small.  He goes on to explain that we can only be at service to our community when we are truly fulfilled otherwise we will not be the best version of ourself.  My favorite piece of the clip is where he talks about quitting.  Rickson says that its okay to switch your focus but it’s not okay to stop doing something because you don’t believe you can do it.  This particularly helped me at a decisive time in my career.  Whether your focus is money, career, family, or something else, the value of Gracie’s advice transcends his sport.  Enjoy! Comments are welcomed!

Eric Estevez
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