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Good Leaders Fight For Their People

boss-vs-leaderI once worked for a manager who was a complete pushover. Her boss would ask her to jump and she’d say “how high?” In fact, her boss might has well have been my boss, because she pretty much ran the show for our whole team. She never let our actual manager do her job — lead her team in the direction we should go in order for our department, and the company as a whole, to be successful. It’s like as soon as she discovered that our manager was a pushover, she capitalized on the situation.

Our manager eventually got fired and was replaced by someone who was basically a complete 180-degree turn from what we’d been used to. When this new guy came in, he did something that made me want to keep my job, where before I’d spend half my days scouring Indeed.com for other options.

He fought for us.

Good leaders fight for their people.

There’s a pretty popular saying out there: “if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.” I wholeheartedly believe that’s true. Good leaders stand up for their people. If you believe in your people, you’ll fight for them. You’ll stand up to your boss’s boss, pushing back on stupid policies (even going so far as to call them stupid, if necessary), so that your people have a better experience when they come to work.

Optimizing employee experience is key to optimizing customer experience. After all, your employees are the face of your company. They are the ones who determine what kind of experience your customers will have. And in a fast-paced, digital society, where people are paying bigger bucks for better experiences, your employees sure as hell better matter to you.

This new manager pushed back on stupid policies that were making our jobs harder and negatively affecting our productivity. He implemented new policies that just. made. sense. And you should have seen how happy we became as a result.

He didn’t just change a few policies though. He literally changed our job descriptions. We went from doing menial, soul-crushing, task-based work, where quantity mattered most, to doing work that we enjoyed, that activated our brains on a daily basis. Work that counted quality above quantity, and above everything else for that matter. We went from sitting in isolated cubicles for 8 hours straight with our headphones in and music blaring to actively participating in meetings, where people appreciated our input as experts in our field. We went from being bored and actively disengaged to being stimulated and actively engaged in the work we did every day. Suddenly, our jobs mattered.

This guy also took the time to ask us how we were doing on a daily basis. And he genuinely cared about the answer. He wanted to get to know us personally and took the time to find out what made us tick. By tailoring our work to what he knew would keep us motivated, he engaged us and made us want to work hard.

Good leaders do this. They fight for their teams, because their teams are worth more than anything. Their teams will make or break their success as leaders, upon which the success of the entire business hinges.

If you’re a leader, I challenge you to fight hard. Fight hard for what matters. Fight hard for your people and they’ll work hard for you.

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What Are You Fighting For?

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With the upcoming presidential election, I wanted to provide some food for thought. Hopefully this post will motivate you to really think about the state of our nation and the direction we’re headed in.

But before I go there, allow me to briefly apologize for being MIA for so long. I’m a fighter, not a writer… heh. Seriously though, I’ve been going through some personal things that have prevented me from being entirely present on this site, but I’m doing my best to get back in the trenches again, starting with this post. So, I hope you can forgive my absence and move on with me as we continue these fighting conversations!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of these battles we’ve been fighting. And by “we” I mean the good ol’ US of A. We have wars for just about every conceivable thing – a war on terror, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on cancer… etc. But is all this fighting really doing us any good? Furthermore, what are we really fighting for?

The war on terror isn’t working. The war on drugs has done little to eliminate drug abuse and addiction and a lot to increase incarceration rates in our country. The war on cancer? Well, that’s just laughable considering that 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime. And this war on poverty will do nothing to benefit the powers that be, so the way I see it, it’s just lip service to appease those to whom socialism appeals.

The upcoming election has us all fighting each other on social media newsfeed and forums. Disagreements are rampant. Differing opinions over candidates’ beliefs and proposed policies have served to divide us as a people, rather than unite us. Long-term, this is detrimental to our nation.

So my question is this: what are we fighting for? More importantly, what are you fighting for?

We should all be fighting to reestablish the USA as a great nation. We should all be fighting for true freedom. True freedom means being able to make decisions without government intervention. It means that if someone wants to use a drug for recreational purposes, they should be able to without the threat of incarceration, as long as it’s not hurting anyone. It means that if someone chooses not to vaccinate their children, they shouldn’t be reprimanded by the media or by their healthcare professionals for making that choice. It means being able to pay into things that will improve our communities voluntarily instead of being automatically forced to pay taxes. It means being able to opt for private health insurance, or no health insurance, if that’s what floats your boat.

We have stopped fighting. We’ve given up and we keep telling ourselves that it’s perfectly okay to just vote for the lesser of two evils and hope for the best. But what if we refused to vote for evil at all? What if we refused to go along with this whole charade and decided to unite together, as a people – one nation under God (or Buddha if you prefer that sort of thing) – and stand up for what we believe in? When did we become so damn apathetic?

It’s time to stop complaining and to start fighting. I keep seeing all these memes on Facebook joking about how this election might come down to Trump and Hillary and how awful that would be. But we just go laughing about it and accepting this as our reality instead of actually doing something to change it. Either we don’t know how to change it, we’re lazy, we believe we’re powerless, or we just don’t care. I hope for everyone’s sake that the latter is not the case…

I ask you again: what are you fighting for?

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How Charlotte NC Chiropractors Help Injured Athletes

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Being an athlete, I know how important good health is for top performance. It is especially vital to be pain-free without being dependent on drugs and other substances that give rise to unhealthy side effects. I personally like to use alternative and holistic remedies for managing pain and improving overall performance. This is where a good, reliable Charlotte chiropractor comes into the picture.

So what qualities should one look for when selecting a Chiropractor?

Any chiropractor Charlotte NC has to offer will be able to help you manage and alleviate pain but only a competitive team of practitioners can help you avoid subsequent injury and provide rehabilitation during and after recovery. I personally stress the importance quality care and personalized services when seeking any alternative therapist.

The chiropractor you choose should have a very high standard of ethics and should not reveal your personal health information to any person or organization under any circumstances whether it is for insurance purposes or any other purpose.

To find a local chiropractor, search Google for chiropractor near me and do some research to make sure you find one that meets your criteria.

What can you expect when you see a chiropractor?

An experienced Charlotte chiropractor will take down your complete and detailed history and plan comprehensive care that goes beyond simple pain management. S/he will holistically analyze your health conditions ranging from minor digestive disorders to more serious conditions like fatigue, performance related factors etc. S/he would then advise you about spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes if you need any. Your chiropractor will also provide a regular check-up on your health and improvement.

Services provided by chiropractors of Charlotte NC

A good Charlotte chiropractor will have extensive knowledge of conditions arising out of different types of injuries and overuse of muscles and nerves in athletes. I consider my chiropractor to be like a family doctor – one who can even treat minor ailments including ear and throat infections, general injuries like wounds or scratches, apart from the more serious ailments that arise from sporting activities. Pain management is just one of the services provided by the chiropractor Charlotte NC community. Chiropractors around the world are famous for pain management, but the one you select must be able to render several benefits by getting to the root of the problem and treating you holistically.

  • Rehab—After an injury has been treated, your Charlotte NC chiropractor must provide rehabilitation and education about how to aid faster recovery and avoid further injury.
  • Keeping your body in top-notch condition—An average Charlotte chiropractor can do wonders for pain, but the good ones will be able to help you improve your overall health and keep your body in top-notch working order. He/she must help you perform better in sports as well by working on appropriate nerve endings and muscles.

Additionally, Charlotte chiropractors can generally provide the following health benefits to both low and high-impact athletes:

  1. Whether you are a golfer, tennis player or bowler, a chiropractor in Charlotte NC must help relieve strain on your muscles.
  2. They should help provide stability and support to the muscles and joints and enhance and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism.
  3. Herniated discs, lower back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee or shoulder conditions, ankle strains and even post-surgery edema can be managed with help of an experienced chiropractor.

I personally use a Charlotte chiropractor for preventive athletic injury and support. I highly recommend the same to all athletes looking to better their performance.

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For All The Fighters Out There…


Welcome to my new site. So glad you stopped by.

Check out my “About” page for more info on what this blog is all about.

This is my first post, and I’m going to keep it short. As a fighter, I tend to stay pretty busy, so I don’t have time to write a whole lot. But when I do, I promise to make it count.

If you’re a fighter like me, then it’s likely you found my site by searching for MMA training. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but I’m no longer an MMA fighter. I am, however, still a fighter (as I mention on my About page … if you haven’t gone there yet, be sure to check it out after reading this post.)

So this – my first post – is dedicated to all the fighters out there. I just want to encourage you to keep fighting. For whatever it is you’re fighting for.

Most of us MMA fighters do it for the thrill. But whether you’re into mixed martial arts or not, if you’re living life the way you should be living it, then you’re fighting for something meaningful.






Something. If you’re not fighting for something, then you’re not living.

Choose, this day, to believe in something and fight for it. Stop daydreaming, and take action. In all my years as an MMA fighter, that’s the number one lesson I took away from every session in the ring – take action.

Sure, you can stand there, and wait for your opponent to make the first move. But if he has the same mindset as you, you’ll both be waiting for a long time. And where’s the thrill in that?

The thrill comes when you take action. When you make the first move. So, go for it. Stop waiting. Stop dreaming. Do something for God’s sake.

That’s all I have to say for now. Come back later for more inspiration.

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