Which One Will Survive?
25 Jun '14

Which One Will Survive?

Mark Cuban, Donald Trump OR Michael Vick’s Dog in a Cage Match

Trump Tower

Picture this! We collectively get an old style professional wrestling squared cage and put Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, and one of Michael Vick’s champion pit bulls in the cage and let them fight to the death. Which one do you think will emerge victorious? My guess will probably not surprise you but my reason might.

A few weeks ago I was sitting at a conference and Mark Cuban was one of the keynotes. I’ve always had a quiet admiration for the guy but also wondered why I always have a visceral reaction when I hear Mark speak. This was the conference that Mark made his now infamous “if I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street” comment. I thought at the time, “you really shouldn’t have said that” and by the end of the day, the news feeds had taken his quote totally out of context resulting in a severe berating for his poor choice of words.

A couple of weeks later, I was in Chicago for another conference (are you seeing a pattern here?) and as the cab was crossing the Chicago River I couldn’t believe my eyes. Donald Trump was having a monster sign installed on the Trump Tower spelling out his last name

“T – R – U – M – P“

The workers had just installed the “M” and I found myself wishing they would have started with the P and worked in the other direction so I could get an appropriate photo with my cell phone. It’s his building but people have always admired the beauty of the Trump Tower in Chicago and to me, putting TRUMP on the building is akin to drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa. He is another person that creates a visceral reaction and it has nothing to do with his politics.

It dawned on me that the guys creating this visceral reaction within me are the ones that have a total lack of humility. I admire their accomplishments and maybe their lack of humility is the reason they are so accomplished but for the love of God, give us a break!

What does this have to do with the aforementioned “Cage Match”? Regardless of reason, let us assume my dream cage match has materialized. Which one would win? The pit bull right?! Probably, but my guess is, because the two other know-it-alls would each have it totally figured out and wouldn’t have the humility to admit they don’t have all the answers and work together. The dog would kill each one individually and the world would be a happier place!

What does this have to do with the fitness business? We all have to remember that we don’t have all the answers. We must keep humility at the forefront of our minds because an adjustment to our diet, a change in our routine, or the addition of a new type of exercise could take us to the next level. Routine can be comforting but remember to keep humble and look at everything with an open mind.

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