If you’ve been looking for inspiration lately, maybe the life story of bronze Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC’s undefeated women’s bantamweight champion and a Hollywood actress, will suffice? There’s a lot to be learned, applied and even copied from the life of Ronda Rousey which has been chronicled in her book My Fight, Your Fight.
Ronda’s path to glory and success was anything but easy and her life was full of personal tragedy, sacrifice, commitment and hard work. To say that Ronda has been a fighter all her life is an understatement. Her first major fight began at birth when the umbilical cord was wrapped so tightly around her neck that it left her unable to make a sound and later having huge problems to communicate with just about everyone. She was severely ridiculed because of her disability. All throughout her struggles, her father Ronald Rousey was her rock, her inspiration and her major support, and when he committed suicide when Ronda was only 8, her world came crashing down and another struggle ensued.
For Ronda, sport was her escape. In the second part of My Fight / Your Fight she talks about her life leading to the 2008 Olympic Games where she won a bronze medal in judo and the beginning of her MMA career. Before Ronda, MMA was a male-dominated world where the only women were ring girls in next-to-nothing bikinis carrying display cards with the number of the upcoming round. It took a lot of guts, mental strength and perseverance for Ronda to break down the walls of prejudice and hypocrisy in MMA.
Although Ronda is your typical badass girl, she is also just a woman. In the book, she talks honestly about her relationships (she gives each of her exes a funny nickname), her disappointments and her feelings. Ronda is refreshingly honest and straightforward about all of her romances, and, trust us, she will make you cry. More than once…. So, whatever struggle you are personally going through at the moment, remember Ronda’s words: “Your fight is yours to win!”
Get it from Amazon here.