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What makes someone a champion? There are so many answers, and not everybody will agree on what makes someone a champion. However, there is no doubt that everybody will agree that GSP(Georges St. Pierre) is the definition of a champion.

GSP was not born a champion. Growing up, he was often bullied, made fun of, and had very few friends. When he discovered Karate: everything changed. From that point on, GSP, had a burning desire. And that desire was learning. Karate was the first step in GSP’s journey to becoming a champion. GSP earned his first black belt in karate, at just 12 years old.

Fast forward to age 19. This is the pivotal age where GSP commits his life to excellence in the octagon. Seeking out coaches and mentors, GSP was like a sponge: soaking up as much knowledge as he possibly could. In training and in the octagon, he failed; a lot. But with each training and sparring session, he improved. With his relentless hard work ethic, GSP quickly became a well rounded MMA (mixed martial artist) fighter. Everything GSP does is very calculated. From his diet, training regimen, coaches, mentors, etc. He leaves no stone unturned, and it shows in everything that he does in-and outside the octagon.

Becoming a champion at UFC 65, GSP was on a path to greatness. That greatness was stopped shortly, after losing the belt to Matt Serra, at UFC 69. They would both meet again in UFC 83, and GSP once again, captured the title, and has not lost a fight to date.

So now that you know a little bit about GSP, the question will undoubtedly come up: what makes him (GSP) a champion? A thirst for knowledge, for starters. GSP explains how he looks at his life. He calls it “having a white belt mentality.” A white belt is where you start off in any martial art. It’s a stepping stone: learning phase, if you will. In having a white belt mentality, GSP learns from anybody. If he feels it will help him in any way, he will apply it to his skill set.

What can we learn from one of the best in the MMA world? To adopt the white belt mentality, and constantly learn from others. If you start implementing this in your life, you will look at everything differently. New ideas might arise, or you might get inspired by learning from someone else.

Learn more at: gspofficial.com

Twitter:Twitter.com/ GeorgesStPierre

Written by Justin Marroquin

Magician, Geek, Sports Enthusiast, Fitness Fanatic, Lifehacker.

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