Sunday, 9 December 2007


Last night saw one of the most hyped boxing matches in British history with Ricky Hatton taking on Floyd Mayweather. Neither had ever lost so someone's perfect record had to go and unfortunately it was Ricky's. Today has seen various healdines and discussions about the fight, particularly from Ricky himself who apologised to fans for 'letting them down'. What people, including the great man himself, fail to understand is that the result isn't actually what measures success or failure... the same way the whether or not H or I qualify for Hawaii will not be our measure of success or failure.

Success is putting yourself on the line, giving it your absolute 100% and being able to look back with pride that you dared to dream. Failure is sitting on the sidelines and thinking what might have been had you been brave enough to try. Many people win and many people lose but very few know what it is like to put absolutely everything you have in to what others see as impossible... those that do however are safe in the knowledge that they cannot fail. They are the true champions... I am lucky enough to count several of my friends in this category (you know who you are) and most of all my true inspiration H.

"Happy are those who dream dreams
and are ready to pay the price
to make them come true..."

Leon J Suenes

Thanks for everything,



Gareth said...

Tom -- agree with your view on Hatton's bravery and about your definition of success. George Sheehan (American physician, author and running enthusiast, 1918 - 1993) put it another way: “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” He also said: “If you want to win anything - a race, yourself, your life - you have to go a little berserk!”

Tom said...

Hi Gareth,

I like your quote too!!