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#19: From The Classroom to the UFC Octagon. A Lesson in Greatness.

Charlie ‘The Spaniard’ Brenneman has fought his way to greatness!  He’s lived a life of motivation and determination, giving it his all in everything from teaching to being a professional UFC fighter.  He sits down with Luke today to talk about preparation, self-actualization and success, and being ‘Driven’ in all areas of your life. 

Charlie’s Journey

  • Grew up completely immersed in the sport of wrestling-his parents dedicated everything to him and his siblings being successful in the ring.
  • Pursued his undergrad in Education, becoming a Spanish teacher, and finished his wrestling career at 23 years old.
  • It wasn’t long after that that he needed a new purpose. He is addicted to excellence and wanted to do something he was passionate about.
  • Charlie dove completely head-first into training for the UFC, sacrificing everything, which at one point even jeopardized his relationship with his wife (then-girlfriend). 
  • His dedication led to success in the UFC, and today he’s a motivational speaker and author of his autobiography, ‘Driven’.

Addicted to Excellence

  • Charlie is addicted to excellence in everything that he does.
  • One of his elements of excellence is preparation. 
  • In business and in life, many outsiders think achievers are ‘lucky’ when they win, but it’s really about constantly preparing and putting yourself in situations to grab those opportunities.
  • Charlie lives his life in a way that he’s done everything he can mentally and physically to have full confidence in what he can achieve in any arena.   
  • When you’ve prepared to that level, there’s no second-guessing yourself. 

Sports Training and Mental Strength

  • Everything good thing about Charlie comes from his training as a wrestler-the toughest sport in the world.
  • You can’t put a value on the strength and mental fortitude you develop when you’re dedicated to being the best at a sport. 
  • When you are so focused on the vision of what you want to achieve, you just ‘do’ the work.
  • The ‘why’ of what you’re doing is the motivation that pushes you through the grind.

Achieving Greatness in Sports and Business

  • In sports, Charlie will outwork you or he will die trying. 
  • You can apply that same mindset to entrepreneurial success.   
  • You will fail and you will have public setbacks. 
  • You have to get accustomed to people critiquing you and develop a thick skin. 
  • When you train for sports at a high level, you know that most people in the room with you haven’t been through that.  That is mentally reassuring in your own drive to greatness. 
  • When you can apply the strength from sports training to a real-life setting, you’re on fire!

Self-Actualization for Success

  • It’s okay not to know all the steps, but if you don’t see yourself at the top, the greater vision, then it’s not going to happen.
  • “If you’re not going to sell yourself, no one else is.”
  • You have to make the choice to believe in yourself or not.  If you don’t, you might as well go home.
  • Charlie’s created a youth program that teaches everything that he’s learned through his lifetime of combat sports training, breaking it down into functions of success and elements of excellence.
  • When you live according to your core values and maintain integrity in everything that you do, then you can self-actualize anything you want.  It’s a home run.

Where to Find Charlie:

Luc Sisombath
Luc is the Founder and host of the Hustle to Greatness Podcast whose goal is to inspire 100 million people to call the shots in their own life, and live life on their own terms. Luc is also a marketing consultant for Solopreneurs and is the author of marketing related courses.