I first stepped into the blue basement of the legendary Renzo Gracie Academy in early 2005 when I lived in…
The Meaning Of Life
Greatness lives in all of us, but there is an expiration date. The illusion of permanence is one of the great tragedies of humanity. Many people chase money, materials, certificates, and status without thinking about the meaning of life. I know those people because I was one of them many years ago. The truth is that our lives are temporary, fleeting, and ephemeral. Somehow, society teaches us to chase external things instead of pursuing what truly ignites our souls. In the process of collecting external rewards, we forget what it means to live – to truly live – with courage, with love, with passion, with purpose.
With our souls.
I don’t believe that we were put here on Earth just to collect a paycheck, to buy stuff, to pay bills, to achieve status, and to exist in a meaningless cycle of nothing. No, I believe that we were put here on Earth to unleash our greatness, to chase our dreams, and to make our mark. We are here to love, to laugh, and to give. We are here to live a life that ignites our souls so that we can give back to the world more than we receive. We are here to make a difference.
At the end of the day, if we are not fighting for something bigger than ourselves, then we are dying for nothing.
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.