• Curt Mercadante

The Real Eye of the Tiger

“Now, when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. You know what I mean?”


— Apollo Creed, Rocky III

Rocky had gotten “soft”. The big house. The nice cars. The money. The fame.

That, according to Apollo, had caused Rocky to get knocked out by Clubber Lang.


But it wasn’t just that Rocky wasn’t “hungry” enough.

And it wasn’t just that he wasn’t working “hard” enough.


You see, when Apollo ended up training Rocky, he worked on Rocky’s “flow”. He taught him to box with rhythm; to be light on his feet.


He wasn’t teaching him to stand toe-to-toe and simply punch harder — he was teaching Rocky to be smarter, be more flexible, conserve energy, and tire out Clubber.

That’s what the “Eye of the Tiger” is truly about.


Fast forward to earlier this week, when my family and I attended the “Out of Africa” wildlife safari park here in Arizona.

One of the main attractions is the “Tiger Splash” in which the trainers play in a yard, with a pool, with three bengal tigers.


The trainers hold out inflatable toys for the tigers to chase and with which they play.


But the tigers don’t just see the toys and engage in an all-out sprint across the yard to catch them.

The tigers slowly prowl.


They make themselves look lazy.


They lull their “prey” to sleep and get close.


Then, they pounce.


According to the trainer, the tigers do this because, while they could wage an all-out sprint and catch the prey — they instinctively think…”why would I expand all that energy?”


The tigers conserve energy when they can.


They lull their prey to sleep.


Then they pounce when the time is right.


It’s nature.


But it’s not just innate to tigers; it’s innate to humans, as well.


Or, at least, it should be.

But the “hustle and grind” pornographers would have us believe it’s just about punching harder.


It’s not about conserving our energy and then pouncing in short bursts of energy.


No, no, no…


To the “hustle and grind” pornographers, success about running a marathon at six-minute-mile pace all day, every day.


And that type of message sells because it weaponizes and capitalizes upon our guilt.


After all, if we don’t achieve success, it’s our fault; we didn’t work hard enough.


So we fight angry; we simply fight harder. And we get knocked out.


We box with adrenaline; instead of with flow.


Unlike the actual tiger, we don’t conserve and pounce.


We run. And run. And run some more. We don’t actually catch the prey (because we’re told life is about endless striving), and we get burned out.


There is a lesson to be learned by how Apollo trained Rocky.


And it goes to the innate lesson we can learn from Tigers.


“Hustle and grind” sells books.


It gets video views.

It sells motivational speeches.


But there is another way. A more effective way that not only allows you to catch your prey…


But to catch your prey while expending less energy.


To get a blueprint on that "more effective way", please click here to grab your copy of my book, "Five Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle."

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