My name is Ed Latimore. I'm a writer, physicist, and a professional heavyweight boxer from the steel city.

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KO'ing & Killing: The Parallels of Boxing and Comedy

Today's guest post is brought to you by a good friend of mine, Cam F. Awesome. Yes, that is his legal name. Cam heavyweight boxer, public speaker, comedian and vegan. He is the most decorated American Heavyweight Boxer of all time (4x USA National Champion, 3X National Golden Glove Champion, 3X National PAL Champion, 5X Ringside World Champion, and 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials Champion). In this post he talks about the similarities between boxing and comedy. Follow him on twitter @CamFAwesome and visit his site

Intent to Get Through the Tough Days

To keep your eye on the prize is difficult because the prize is in the future. You live in the present. When things get tough in the now, you can’t jump to the later where you’ve achieved your dreams and live happily ever after.

You can retreat there mentally for comfort, but that place is not reality. Reality is now. Reality is present. Reality is where you must, against all difficulties, persist and get what you want.

The Formula For Developing Deep Gratitude

Gratitude is the most potent antidote to the poison of sorrow. Gratitude does not heal your wounds. Gratitude does not allow you to violate the laws of the universe to travel back through time to undo transgressions. Gratitude does not even reduce the emotional impact of a negative occurrence in your life.  The power of gratitude is that is gets you to see the world from an unselfish perspective.

Gratitude is not like the shade of sunglasses that guards against the intensity of light. Rather, it is like the neck that turns your head in the other direction so that you can look at something less damaging. This is not the same as ignoring a problem.

Who Wants It More?

I used to think my biggest competition was people with the most to gain–the guys who want it more and are completely obsessed. This conventional line of thinking makes a lot of sense. The guy who values the ass of a woman at the bar is going to compete harder to get a piece of it than you will.

The man who wants to be champion more than you will fight harder. The man that wants more money will out hustle you. However, there is another type of competitor that is much more dangerous than the man who wants it badly.