TJ Dillashaw: Inside the Mind of a UFC World Champion



WOW, the Summit of Greatness happened last week!

It was beyond amazing, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it (plus show you the highlight reel) very soon.

I am feeling really grateful for all of you who follow The School of Greatness and make my job possible.

It means the world to me to hear the feedback of how this movement is changing people’s lives and what they are doing as a result.

After hanging out with so many incredible people last week at Summit, it’s only fitting that I bring you a guest on today’s episode who is a world champion at what he does.

TJ Dillashaw won the 2014 UFC Bantamweight World Championship and he is gunning to get back that title this year.

I met him a while ago through our mutual friends at Onnit Academy and was super impressed by his humble attitude.

Sometimes being a world champion in a sport like UFC attracts a lot of ego.

But TJ has built his success from the same principles I strive to live by – hard work, clear vision, service, commitment, and belief in himself.

We had a great conversation for the podcast about how his career has come together and his perspective on where the UFC is headed.

I’m excited to introduce you to my friend TJ Dillashaw in Episode 389.

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“You can create the greatest things with belief.”

Some questions I ask:

  • What are the lessons you learned from wrestling that have served  you in the rest of your life? (4:14)
  • Why do you want to be the best? (6:11)
  • If you could map out the rest of your UFC career, how would it go? (6:45)
  • What is your mental & physical routine everyday as you train? (8:39)
  • What is your process the few hours before a fight? (9:51)
  • How do you decompress and rest from training? (17:38)
  • What did you learn about yourself transitioning from wrestling to MMA? (23:20)
  • What characteristics do the champion fighters have versus the rest? (25:20)
  • How does an athlete today build a brand that can support them financially? (28:40)
  • What are the biggest misconceptions that women have about UFC fighters? (32:11)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The story of TJ winning the 2014 UFC Bantamweight Championship (12:42)
  • Why the sport of MMA has grown so fast (14:18)
  • Why kickboxing is perfect for anger management (17:00)
  • How MMA has changed since it’s become so popular (22:02)
  • How to build confidence (25:33)
  • How TJ’s wife has been his biggest support throughout his career (35:20)
  • Plus much more…






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