Source: A Wrestling Dynasty, Dan
Macho Man Randy Savage was an incredibly determined athlete who overcame, by means of hard work, a significant setback due to an injury.
Can we learn something from him? Yes and no. He shows us what it takes to be resilient and achieve success. But when you see who his father was, you have to wonder if his dedication was not an inherited psychological disposition.
Years ago I would have said anyone could follow in his footsteps. Today I'm not so sure. In fact, I think he inherited his both his physical and psychological natures.
When Randy's father was in the navy during World War Two, he wanted to beat the record for sit-ups so he trained until he could do 5,000 at very fast pace.
Unfortunately, he did not do them according to the standard form. Did he abandon his vision of success? No. He trained until he could do 6,033 sit-ups in 4 hours and 10 minutes. This made him famous.
Now, when Randy graduated from high school, he began playing baseball in the Gulf Coast League. Unfortunately, he collided with a catcher and his right shoulder was injured badly.
He believed that he would never be able to throw a ball with the same power with his right arm so he spent 8 months learning to throw with his left hand.
"I wasn't naturally ambidextrous, but I taught myself to throw left-handed," he says. "I guess persistence was my best attribute. I felt if I can do that, I can do anything."
"The key thing about Randy is this: If your work habits measure, say, an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, he's going to be about a 15," Braun says.
"When you're sleeping, he's working. This is no exaggeration. And anybody around him has a hard time keeping up, because he's always moving at a fever pitch."
It's the Poffo way, a relentless determination to accomplish a goal.