One thing I get asked a lot is if there is anything in particular that people say to me during training camp that is annoying. Most people have an idea of what it would be, thinking it would be something about my diet or being ready. If I’m being honest, it’s when people wish me “good luck”. I know that makes me sound like an asshole, but let me explain.
There are a couple of reasons that this irritates me. The first being that the person saying it might not believe I’m good enough to win. While I get in there and fight on my own, it’s still good to know that people have faith in you. Everybody wants that to some degree, but I think it’s hard to be able to relate things to what I do. The easiest way to do it is comparing it to your job. How would you feel if you were wished luck every time you went to work? Probably like the person saying it thinks you have no idea what you’re doing. While that might not be that big of a big deal every once in a while, it wears on you when you constantly hear it.
The thing is, if you think you need luck to get through something, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. When you undertake a new endeavor, you can’t hope things will work out well. You have to show up and put in the work required to get where you want to be. Fighting is no different. Success isn’t based of off luck, but ability. Even things people consider to be “lucky shots” aren’t that lucky. Chances are a guy has practiced a technique thousands of times before executing it in an arena of combat. But it’s easier for people to chalk it up to luck, rather than think about and acknowledge how hard somebody has had to work to get somewhere.
Now I will say this, I understand that most people don’t know what else to say. I know that a lot of people want to say something nice before I fight, and good luck is the most common thing to say to somebody who is about to attempt something big. I do still appreciate everybody who says it to me, as I know they just want to offer words of encouragement.
Just don’t be surprised when I tell you to save it for the other guy.