EVERYONE HAS A PLAN UNTIL THEY GET PUNCHED IN THE FACE
Mike Tyson once said, ``Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
And when getting punched in the face is literally what you do for a living, a certain level of resilience is built. Read how Steve Moxon earned the name ‘Stone Cold Steve Moxon’ during his impressive fight career and what drives him to succeed not only in his fight career but everyday life.
When I was 17 years old, I joined the Australian Army reserves. Where I become a fully qualified infantry soldier.
I became a cabinet maker at 18 years old but one day I slipped off of a piece of timber while I was pushing it over a wood planer and I hit the blade with my right index finger. That took the tip of my finger off. This one incident could have very well have changed the trajectory of my whole life and career. I began to think, do I want to be a cabinet maker for the rest of my life? Not long after this I took the biggest and best risk of my life where I got my Cert 3 and 4 in personal training and fitness, left my full time job and started working in a gym as well as at a kids gym whilst also being a personal trainer in the park and was able to train like a professional.
When I was just 11 fights “undefeated” into my kickboxing career, I was in a position where I was only fighting locally, I had already beaten the local, interstate and the NZ champions.
I knew that I wanted to take my career to the next level. In 2009 I made the decision to leave my job as a fitness instructor, move my whole life to Sydney and start again. Where I was in one of the best gyms in Australia and was able to fall back on my trade as a cabinet maker and take my fight career world wide. And being surrounded by a whole gym of like minded people made it more motivating.
When I moved to Sydney in 2009 and then beat a couple of big names in Australian kickboxing, I got selected to represent Australia in a reality TV fight show that was filmed in Thailand - Enfusion fight series in 2010. On this show I suffered my first ever loss when I was 16 fights undefeated. I was the least experienced guy on this show, but having this experience also changed my mindset and I knew that I could hang with the big boys. I have now had 75 pro fights, 2 world titles and fought all over the world.
I’ve never lived abroad but I have been lucky to fight all over the world, spend weeks in different countries training and experiencing different cultures. Not bad for someone that had never been on a plane and didn't own a passport until they were 22 years old.
I’ve overcome a lot of challenges in my life and being a professional fighter, I have been in the ring with the biggest and baddest lightweight and middleweight fighters in the world. Every single day in the gym is a challenge, every fight - win, lose or draw is a challenge. I have overcome all obstacles and challenges in my way. I love that nervous feeling, I thrive under pressure.
I’ve had many haters in my life that were once friends and what I’ve come to realise is that they are often just jealous of what you are doing in your life and they’re not. They’re generally the people that wish they had the balls to do what you are doing. They’re the ones that wish they weren't afraid of putting it all on the line like I have. The best thing I did was to cut the dead wood from my life and keep pushing forward. So push hard for what you want.
I always think about the legacy I want to leave for my two kids. This is what has always fuelled me to keep pushing even harder at what I want to achieve. If you don't ask, then you wont get.
Which is why I also believe the one thing you should invest in most is happiness. For me this is spending as much time with the very small circle that I love and only doing the things in life that make me happy and bring happiness to my loved ones. I owe my current happiness to my amazing girlfriend Lena. She is my partner in life, business and the most amazing mother to our son Tyson. If it wasn't for Lena being in my life over the past 4 years. My life would look dramatically different. I honestly don't know where I would have ended up.
In the last 3-4 years, I’ve learned more than ever to stick up for myself, even more than I already did. In business, I have realised that people can't afford their own lives and will do what they can to take from you if you allow it. It’s something they don’t teach you as a kid as well as how to do your taxes or how to be an entrepreneur. These are the things that should be taught. But I can count to 10 and ask someone’s name in Italian.
Here is another fact about me. I have never read a whole book/novel in my life. I cheated my way through book reports in high school.Which is why I listen to podcast and currently I listen to our very own Moxon Weighs in Podcast. We just keep it real.
Podcast on Spotify: Moxon Weighs In