I used to listen to a song called ‘Remember the Name’ (Fort Minor) as part of my ‘get pumped’ playlist while training for a kickboxing fight back in 2009. Although it sat proudly amongst an eclectic list of upbeat, rebellious and aggressive music – including the likes of Korn, Pendulum and Prodigy – this one made the list mainly for the lyrics:

“This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!”

I could not have said it better myself Mr. Fort Minor! At that time, training for my first ever fight… it really resonated with me:

  • 10% Luck  – Who would I eventually face, how hard did they train, what was their mind set and would I arrive on the night free from illness or injury?
  • 20% Skill – This is pretty obvious: punching, kicking, defence, movement, tactics and any other ass kicking related skills. Important, but means nothing without hard work.
  • 15% Concentrated power of will – Waking up early for hill runs, beach sprints, training 6 times a week and staying alcohol free.
  • 5% Pleasure – Although I enjoyed training, camaraderie of fellow fighters and the excitement in the ring, the other areas always played a much larger part, such as…
  • 50% Pain – Why would anyone stand in a ring with a man 30kg heavier than them and take a beating till they bleed, all in the name of training? Who would choose to spend their Sunday morning sprinting up a pebble beach in the icy cold? Why should I push my circuit training to the point of feeling sick? Definitely worthy of 50%
  • 100% reason to remember the name – All of these are for something bigger than the short term pain, gain or pleasure. All the fighters in my club were there to push themselves and achieve something that was beyond their normal life. To push, to test themselves and – win or lose – feel what it is like to put yourself out there and risk physical injury or maybe even humiliation in front of a few hundred people.

So how accurate is this summary of what it takes to achieve great things or to become extraordinary?  I doubt these were scientifically calculated but rather fitted well into the song. Although, having said that… they do seem surprisingly plausible.

What do you think? What would your split be and would you add an extra area? Let me know in the comments below.


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