A Lifetime Student without a School

How Did You Start Using Your Talents?

“I think the greatest gift my father gave me was martial arts at the age of five. I was a state champion. We could not afford to travel all over the world, but I was the best as far as our car could take us! I was number one in the state for many years. I fought for 20 years. Martial arts gave me inner resilience, determination, and perseverance that comes with any type of athletic sports. But, I think, for the martial arts there’s a much deeper meaning, because the martial arts are really taught as a mind-body relationship.”

The Most Impactful Turning Point?

As a child, Brannon hated martial arts and preferred artistic pursuits. But his father insisted he practice, compete and win in martial arts. Brannon rebelled by intentionally losing 17 matches in a row. “It came down to one tournament when I got punched in the face really hard. That was an ‘Aha!’ moment. I realized, either I’m going to do this and be successful, or I am going to get hit and hurt every time I fight! That was a real turning point. I can say that in a positive way today—and I want to share it—because I recognized that sometimes the hand we are dealt is not the one we want. If you can take the hand that you are dealt and make the best out of it, that is the mastery of life for me.”

The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?

“We have all heard the saying, ‘The grass is greener on the other side.’ Well, the grass is not greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it. So, water your grass. Take ownership and full accountability for your own life. Ask yourself, if this was my last day, how would I want it to be? Would I want to be living someone else’s life, a life that is not my own?”

Steps to Success from Brannon Beliso

  1. Learn to play the hand that is dealt you, but do not lose sight of the changes that are in your control.
  2. Peel away the beliefs and ideas that are not your own—which I call “unauthorized thought patterns”—and get down to your truer self. From that truer self is where you can do your best service.
  3. Find a way that allows you to determine your own wealth. That might mean becoming an entrepreneur. Just find a way that lets you do what you truly love.

Source: Discover Your Talent Podcast