Vanessa Demopoulos knows what it means to fight. Trained and accomplished as a World Champion MMA Fighter, she came from rough beginnings, experiencing homelessness and drugs as a young teenager. She worked and fought her way out to freedom, overcoming the adversity to now be the proud professional athlete and author of two books.
Her path to athleticism was not a straight shot. While working at the club, she was introduced to the opportunity and knew it was right for her, and a way for her to channel her natural inclinations into a successful career.
She cites her main motivation as the passion of helping other people. This lead her to creating a platform where she was able to pursue public speaking, using her skills of being a warrior to create world wide significance.
Despite her natural abilities and motivations, Vanessa admits there are many difficulties to making it on your own, especially in the business world. Specifically, she knows it’s difficult to move forward when the journey ahead of you is so long. Only seeing one step ahead of yourself at a time makes it difficult to keep your end goal and motivations in mind.
To counter this, Vanessa focuses on what she can control: her mindset. By keeping her mind focused, disciplined, and open to understanding, she’s able to remember the reason she chose to fight. This applies, she’s found, in business as well as the professional athletics world.
Preparing for the long game is a strategy Vanessa uses often. She finds that it’s a necessary precaution, regardless of the venture, whether it be in business or fighting. This means you won’t burn out, make unrealistic expectations of yourself, or go into situations unprepared.
Vanessa is a great example of how mindset can lead you to success. It’s an impressive feat, especially when fear can creep in at any time. For Vanessa, however, this does not distract her at all from her goal. She sees fear as something to be used too her advantage.
Success is seen in a similar way. Vanessa keeps this feeling and measurement close to home, avoiding any social comparison, and seeing it as something well-rounded to pursue.
Her views of fear and success have lead Vanessa to overcome her biggest life obstacle: her past.
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