“Mental toughness is, in my opinion, even more of a larger importance then physical because once your brain stops coming up with answers to the question your opponent is throwing at you then your in big trouble.”
Blogging and boxing usually don’t mix, but they do when Derrick Best is involved. A thriving entrepreneur, Derrick knows how to get what he wants, when he wants. Since he’s fluent in most areas of business, he has been able to become savvy in so many different kinds of subjects. Here’s what Derrick had to say when we sat down to talk to him-
Who are you?
I’m Derrick Best, 29-year-old southeast Londoner, now residing in the UAE for the last 6 years. Originally came to the UAE for a holiday and it has turned into a 6-year vacation to a place I now firmly consider home.
Why I do what I do?
In all honesty I’m involved in a multitude of different things. I have my own fitness company. I’m interested in gaming and social media. I do all these different things now I guess because I always thought I would make it big as a professional footballer and would never have to worry about life after my budding career. Well it turns out that didn’t transpire quite like I had envisioned. Well, it did sort of. I reached the heights of playing for Barbados U23s, which is where my family are from but I didn’t reach any where near the heights I wanted to. And to be frank with you, it took me a long time to come to grips with the fact that I wasn’t going to be a world famous footballer and it then became an obsession to try and make it. I just didn’t want to let me dream die, but as I got older life took a different direction and I became a father to two beautiful children and I guess now I’m governed by the want and the need to provide for my family and that would be why I do what I do.
Blogging isn’t my main job but it’s something I’m really interested in. I think that a lot of people including me at first took it for granted and thought it was something that was easy and considering I was on the net like 24/7 it would be a breeze, but boy I was wrong. There is definitely a talent when it comes to blogging and a hell of a lot of time goes into it so I salute all bloggers and up-and-coming bloggers are the real MVP because even if it’s not a full time job, it’s still a full time job you know what I mean. I haven’t figured out if I’m any good at blogging yet, as I’m trying to improve on my content, but in order to do that I have to post but I’m still young when it comes to blogging, so I haven’t put up a great deal but over time I intend to.
Boxing is most definitely my most favorite way to stay in shape. I have a great management team coach and manager that push me to my limits and help me realize my true potential. When it comes to the sport, it’s not easy and so much blood sweat and tears literally go into perfecting the art of boxing. I picked up the sport incredibly late but I’m showing some great promise and have all the attributes to be a great boxer. But it’s about marrying all the key skills of understanding, perfecting and fitness together to become a really good boxer. I’m currently training 5 times a week for a minimum of 2 hours so a lot of man hours either side of training are spent on boxing and preparing myself and giving myself the edge over future opponents. You have to be physically and mentally fit when becoming a boxer or a fighter in any form as a matter of fact. To be able to outwit an opponent or think faster then they can requires so much fitness physically because you always have to be ready. Your body has to be in a position to out perform your opponent at every opportunity doing more then them for the full duration of the battle. That can also make you mentally tired to do. Mental toughness is, in my opinion, even more of a larger importance then physical because once your brain stops coming up with answers to the question your opponent is throwing at you then your in big trouble.
Boxing has become my favorite sport now because I feel like I’m fighting against all the battles I lost over the course of my personal development, whether it be through missed opportunities for whatever reason, being cut from a team losing a friendship losing a family member, all the small test that we get in life now is my chance to reface them but this time win. When I refer to the loses I’ve taken on referring to not being in a position to make the best out of a situation, whether that be through me not being able to communicate my feelings to others, which has ended in a negative way or me not handling my responsibilities in ways, which will make for a better outcome this is what I fight against every time I step in the ring.