Ronda Rousey is refreshing. To see a woman so comfortable in her skin and own her body image is empowering and inspiring. Plus, if you have a problem with what she’s flaunting, she’ll break a few ribs, which is also pretty cool.
But it’s not just her toughness that makes her awesome. I mean, yeah, I’m convinced that Ronda might be Supergirl in real life, but it’s also her insight that shatters conventional thinking. And I don’t care that she’s no longer the UFC bantamweight champ anymore (I’m sure she does, though); it’s not just her ability to fight that makes me want to pedestalize her. She has brains, a strong sense of self-worth, and dedication to succeed. We chose a handful of Rousey’s quotes that we think epitomize what we’re talking about and that can teach valuable lessons about the necessity to work hard and stay true to yourself and your morals.
LESSON #1: Stay true to yourself — even when jerks make it challenging to find the courage to do so.
“When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I’m fabulous.” —Ronda Rousey
Next: An easy way to spot deception.
*LESSON #2: If it’s labeled “reality,” it’s probably a work. *
“Reality TV is set up to make people entertaining. A good person with values and principles is not good television.” —Ronda Rousey
Next: Own up to your convictions.
LESSON #3. Have an opinion and don’t be afraid to share it.
“I don’t shy away from any questions. I’m not scared of any question. I’ll give you an answer. A lot of people are scared of having actual opinions out there. People are so scared of criticism… I’m not scared of people disliking me.” —Ronda Rousey
Next: The importance of a positive body image.
*LESSON #4: Love the body you have, not the one you think you should have. *
“The bigger my chest is, the more it gets in the way. It just creates space. It makes me much more efficient if I don’t have so much in the way between me and my opponent.” —Ronda Rousey
*Next: Don’t drop your guard — ever. *
LESSON #5: Protect yourself at all times.
“Life is a fight from the minute you take your first breath to the moment you exhale your last.” —Ronda Rousey
Next: Respect failure.
LESSON #6: Enjoy the journey.
“Most people focus on the wrong thing. They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it’s all the hard parts — the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.” —Ronda Rousey
Next: Be about it.
Lesson #7: Don’t just talk about it, be about it.
“Making a change in your life is as easy as making a decision and acting on it. That’s it.” —Ronda Rousey
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