Boxing, Sobriety, and Writing with Ed Latimore on The Danny Miranda Podcast with Danny Miranda

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Key Takeaways

  • Boxing requires a huge time commitment including hitting the gym 4-6 hours daily
  • “I asked myself what do I have to gain by being intoxicated? What I had to gain by being sober is incredible. I have control over the conversation.” – Ed Latimore
  • Changing one decision in your life can change all of your life
  • Being able to socialize without alcohol and excusing yourself from situations that aren’t good are critical steps toward sobriety
  • “A good challenge is one that forces you to grow and develop; it should not be something you can coast through” – Ed Latimore
  • The best way to tackle a new skill is to break things down into smaller components and practice
  • Ed’s Writing Tips:
    • Write what you know – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
    • Use your life experiences to put your own stamp on your writing
    • Show your personality!
  • Don’t make the mistake of choosing hobbies or a career because other people think it’s what you should do

Intro

Ed Latimore (t: @EdLatimore) is a retired American professional boxer, influencer, and author.

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A Boxing Journey

  • As boxing careers go, Ed started late – age 22—and got into boxing because he needed direction and wanted “something to show for being here”
  • After a successful amateur career where he won a national title, Ed became a professional boxer
  • Ed says that with the amount of money and time you spend on training (before you even get a shot at getting on tv), you’d be better off getting a regular job
  • Boxing caveats:
    • Boxing requires a big time commitment – hitting the gym 4-6 hours daily
    • Most fighters don’t get multi-million dollar contracts – even if they earn $10,000 for winning a fight as there are no guarantees for the next fight
    • You have to be hungry – it helps if you have no other options
    • It’s a rough sport with high opportunity costs
  • It’s better to start sooner than later but there are no guarantees
  • Ed left the sport on his own merits– “I knew the end was coming”

Going Sober

  • Ed quit drinking because it got in way of his career and straining relationships
  • Ed had a chance to change the course of his life and didn’t want his drinking to ruin that
  • “I asked myself what do I have to gain by being intoxicated? What I had to gain by being sober is incredible. I have control over the conversation.” – Ed Latimore
  • Going sober has stuck for Ed

Being Open About Quitting

  • Being open about his struggle has become a source of inspiration for others
  • “If people can learn from what I’ve gone through, then good” – Ed Latimore
  • Ed says going sober also offered a good commercial opportunity i.e. a potential book
  • Changing one decision in your life, can change all of your life
  • Drinking was Ed’s keystone habit – once he got that under control everything else fell into place
  • Being able to socialize without alcohol and excusing yourself from situations that aren’t good are critical steps toward sobriety

The Appeal of Learning Physics

  • Ed knew he had to go back to school for something – “Boxing doesn’t last forever
  • Physics seemed to have a wide range of options and a huge salary range and he figured “someone would hire me”
  • Ed got electrical engineering exposure when he enlisted in the army but physics was what he really wanted to do

The Similarities Between Professional Boxing, Physics and Writing

  • “All require hard work and diligent work and you have to put your mind to it” – Ed Latimore
  • Physics made him a better communicator – the language of it is very precise—and that made him a better writer
  • All three are challenging: “A good challenge is one that forces you to grow and develop; it should not be something you can coast through” – Ed Latimore
  • Combining skills from different things makes you a more valuable human being
  • The best way to tackle a new skill is to break things down into smaller components and practice
    • That’s how Ed learned to fight and how he got better and better
  • You can make headway if you put your head down and get to work

Tips for Writing Online – Ed has 100K followers on Twitter

  • Write what you know – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
  • Try to put your own stamp on your writing with your life experiences
  • Be yourself and pull from your life
  • Show your personality!

Pursue a Higher Version of Yourself

  • Stay in shape – your body is the best weapon you have
  • Challenge your mind – try a new language
  • Find ways to express yourself in ways that add value to other persons’ lives
  • Push to better yourself
  • Anything is learnable but you have to have a reason to make it stick – make the time investment
  • Talk with like-minded people
  • Don’t make the mistake of picking up things that are other people’s idea of what you should do

Next Goals

  • Ed is launching a YouTube channel with the goal of recording one good video a week
  • The channel will be another way for people to consume his knowledge and for him to grow his reach
  • Optimize his Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Ultimately his goal is to write fiction

Ed’s Favorite books

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