012: By Any Means Necessary: How Colton Brown Became a US Olympian

Monday 20th May 2019

As a child, Colton was bullied, mocked and called “titty boy.” Now Colton is on the precipice of becoming the first American man to win gold in Judo. On this episode we discuss overcoming pain, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and what it takes to bounce back.

So many things that look easy require serious mastery. – Christopher Lochhead


    People make the mistake of only visualizing things going well but you have to account for what might go wrong.
    Bouncing back after a loss: there’s a fast turnaround time in Judo, In UFC there’s more time between matches and more time to dwell on losses.
    Humiliation can do two things: you can decide to get up and fight or you can lay down and quit right there.

At the start of the show, Colton shared his legendary story, how he overcame the pain of herniated discs, making weight and how he got onto the Olympic team. We also shared on his craft, “if you’re doing the right thing it will look like your opponent just slid on a banana.” He shared on what it feels like to know he’s going to compete in the Olympics in 2020, and what separates athletes who bounce back from losses and the ones who don’t. Towards the end of the show, we talked about future hacking and having a singular focus.

Colton also shared on:

    How he uses specific visualization to succeed
    How to get yourself to the other side of losing big
    Why losses are responsible for his success
    Why having the right parents and support system makes a difference
    The mental part of the game

At the highest performance level, the difference between athletes’ physicality, skills and conditioning is 1%. What actually influences winning is mindset, psychological work and the ability to overcome challenges, losses and obstacles. It’s important to have a singular focus on an objective, and have the right outlook about the pressure – it is a privilege. Mastery will look easy to everyone else, but what it takes is hard work, and the need to succeed by any means necessary.

Guest Bio

Colton Brown is an American judoka. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the men’s 90 kg. Follow him on Twitter @colt_forty_5.


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