Mike Tyson Names the Most Powerful Element For Success

Published 02/11/2021, 1:30 PM EST
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Enormous heavyweight boxers came and went, but no one could match the captivating aura of Mike Tyson. Right from his first boxing outing in 1985, until today, ‘Iron’ Mike has remained a top-tier name in the sport.

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He lured fans for his in-ring and outside the game activities as well. Back in the retro boxing era, Tyson became an animated star of the sport, who put his opponents to sleep with extreme confidence.

In a fresh podcast with Hotboxin, the 54-year-old revealed how confidence plays a part in an individual’s life and success.

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“Confidence breeds success and success breeds confidence. Confidence is supplied properly super senior genius. There’s nothing like confidence. It’s almost like magic. You can’t even see confidence. Can you see it? You can’t even see it in the person, it comes across as being braggadocios.”

“You can feel it, you just can’t convey it. It’s so difficult to convey it,” said Tyson.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCTOBER 13,2001: Mike Tyson (R) throws a right punch against Brian Nielsen during the fight at the Parken, on October 13,2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mike Tyson won by a TD 7. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

Tyson believes confidence isn’t really visible in a person, but that ultimately drives them towards attaining their prime aim.

He even admitted that people often term confident individuals as arrogant. But, as there’s a thin line between high confidence and an arrogant attitude, whoever catches the right chord between these traces a long pathway for success.

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Mike Tyson – a changed man altogether

‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ retired from the sport in 2005. As soon as he signed off, ‘Iron’ Mike turned into a total opposite individual of what he was in his elite boxing days. From his retirement until today, he has vowed to positively impact individuals’ lives.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

‘Iron’ Mike is a family man now and looks after his family pretty well. He never wants his kids to make the mistakes he made in his younger days.

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When he made his charity exhibition comeback, fans got a glimpse of the new version of ‘Iron Mike’. Despite that, he was as ferocious as ever within the squared circle. Even a decade and a half later, he remained confident in his boxing and scalped a draw against Roy Jones Jr on November 28.

Fans will hope Tyson continues to live by these principles and they will look to follow them in their own lives too.

What do you make of Mike Tyson’s view on the most powerful element of success?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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