Success Starts [In] You

I loved how Rodney King weaved his life story, and together with his martial art practice, was able to succeed and win at the martial arts of everyday life.
Naveen Jain
Billionaire Entrepreneur & Founder: Moon Ex

Until my late 20s, I felt like I had been fighting my whole life. Brought up on the south side of Johannesburg, in South African government housing (similar to “the projects” in the USA), I learned early on that what really mattered was how tough you were. Growing up as I did, I often felt trapped in a really bad nightmare — and I wanted to wake up.

But as they say, tough times build strong character. I was determined to survive the school bullies and the gangsters on the streets of my neighbourhood. Yet, even though I survived the violence outside of my home, my home wasn’t safe either. Things turned rough in my teens. My abusive, alcoholic mother kicked me out of the house at 17, and as a result, I never finished high school.

Destitute and homeless, I found myself sleeping on the inner city streets of Johannesburg. With less than $20 in my pocket, I decided then and there, to change the trajectory of my life. I realized in my darkest moments of my despair that success comes down to what you do on the inside, no matter what’s happening to you on the outside.

The truth is, I realized that the only narrative that really mattered was my own. As with any story, my life’s story could have any kind of ending I chose. On my journey to healing and self-discovery I decided not only what my story would ultimately become, but how it would play out. The final ending as they say, still remains unwritten, but hopeful.

What got me through this incredibly tough time in my life? The inner resiliency fitness tools I learned as a martial artist.

My martial arts practice taught me to be resilient, to embrace my fears, to develop laser-like focus, and to never give up. Having developed these qualities (I had to!), I went back to school, put myself through college – doing my undergraduate work in psychology, completing my Masters in Leading Innovation and Change – and earning my Doctorate in 2019 from the University of Leicester’s School of Business.

There are few people I’ve met in life who have as much passion about helping others as Rodney. He cares deeply about getting people results. That’s not easy to find these days. And the best part of everything he does is that what he teaches works!!!
John Michael Morgan
The Chuck Norris of Marketing
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