The Power Of Self-Confidence

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Born during the era of the roaring twenties came one of the greatest athletes of all time.  With a boxing record of 49 wins and 0 losses and 43 of those wins coming by the way of knockout  it would be safe to say that this boxer was one of the greatest of any generation.  He was born on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts to his immigrant parents, who recently came to the USA from Italy.  After dropping out of high school when he was in the 10th grade he got a job working on a delivery truck prior to being drafted to help in the war effort in 1943.  He began boxing in the army and carried an average record of 8 wins and 4 losses before being discharged.  He quit boxing for awhile and tried out for the Chicago Cubs minor league team, but was cut. But he didn’t give up on himself and went back to boxing, this time professionally in 1947 and won his first fight by way of knockout.

That would be his first professional win of 48 wins to follow before retiring in April of 1956 as the first person to be the world heavyweight boxing champion who carried the title for over three years and went untied and undefeated throughout his professional career.  Before going 49-0 though, he had his share of losses. The key was that he had self-confidence and didn’t give up.  He was willing to believe in himself when no one else would. If Rocco Francis Marchegiano would have given up on boxing, the world never would have known, Rocky Marciano, one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.  Rocky’s feats in the ring were legendary and inspired many, including Sylvester Stallone’s character Rocky, who was named after Marciano, in the 1976 movie, based on an underdog fighter who refused to give up.  After Retiring Marciano was asked if he thought he could beat the then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.  His response is telling of his self-confidence when he replied, “I be conceited if I said I could and I be lying if I said I couldn’t.”  Self-confidence means you are willing to believe in yourself regardless of the odds.

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