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015 - Robert Drysdale - An Obsession With Perfection

By Elliot Roe

In today’s episode, Robert Drysdale, Brazilian JJiu-Jitsu black belt and world champion, explains why he attributes his success to his deep emotional investment in competition and winning. Robert’s frustrating childhood and obsession with perfection led him to understand how we achieve success and, surprisingly, it’s not by being happy and content. He is now focused on being a father, getting his degree in history, and teaching students of the sport at his own school and seminars around the world. Listen in as Robert explains why competition reveals who you truly are and permanently changes you for the better.  Visit A-Game Advantage or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe. Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:30 –Introducing Robert and the origins of Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) 02:20 – It’s a grappling art similar to Judo 03:00 – Why Jiu Jitsu is emotional for Robert 03:30 – He created expectations for himself to succeed and had a frustrating childhood 03:50 – When he found BJJ he dedicated himself to it fully and was highly competitive 04:35 – The emotional investment he had in BJJ is the reason for his success 04:55 – He’s not the most athletic person, nor is he the most “Jiu Jitsu intelligent” person; his asset was his competitiveness and heart on the mat 05:25 – He didn’t care about prestige or credit; he cared about winning on a much deeper level and didn’t accept anything but perfection 06:00 – Since perfection could never be attained, there was a level of unhappiness and discontentment that acted as fuel 06:20 – Robert remembers a quote from the movie Rush, where a character says, “Happiness is the enemy” 07:20 – This quote speaks for how we achieve success; once we are content, we’re done, and the fire is out 07:55 – He isn’t as emotional as he once was; a student passed his guard recently and he wasn’t upset 08:30 – There must be a degree of discontent with where you are 08:48 – Winning was like a drug; he felt invincible for a few days then was back in the gym training 09:40 – The pendulum of boredom, accomplishment and desire, and how art can help you overcome that constant swing back and forth 10:10 – How Robert’s appreciation for BJJ has changed; he appreciates it as an art and sees it’s psychological and social benefits 10:25 – He now understands the BJJ journey 10:50 – The transition from the ultra-serious competitive state to his now relaxed and meditative state 11:10 – He disliked the MMA culture; money poisoned the purity and essence of the art 11:45 – He failed his drug test and saw another side of people that he hadn’t seen before; he evolved to realize that he didn’t have to prove anything to people 12:30 – He had daughters and his priorities changed, he also wanted to focus on his brain health 13:30 – He has evolved for the better and is happy where he is now in life 14:13 – He believes he experienced that “fire” for longer than most of his peers because he fought for the right reasons 15:15 – The mindset shifts in BJJ 15:35 – Competition changes you and reveals the weakness or strength in your mental state 16:25 – Some people create an armor to protect a weak interior, and some weaker-looking people are full of heart and toughness 17:15 – Competition teaches you how to control your emotions; he was bullied in school and conquered his emotions in the process 17:50 – He got to a point where he could sleep before matches because he was so relaxed 18:25 – He’s not intimidated by day-to-day things anymore; he’s become bulletproof in social situations 19:40 –After fighting everything looks like less of a challenge; his confidence is elevated because of that 20:45 – BJJ as a thinking sport 20:50 – Some people say it’s like human chess, but Robert thinks it’s harder because it isn’t 2-dimentional 22:00 – MMA as the most complete martial art because it is as real as it gets; Robert is fascinated by it 22:35 – It’s the culture that Robert doesn’t like; he had a promising career and left it 23:15 – In BJJ, there was a greater sense of community that the MMA community lacked 24:44 – He’s working on a documentary on the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 25:15 – He fell in love with the story and wants to teach how BJJ and MMA began 26:20 – It’s been fun for Robert and he’s learning a lot about filming and producing a film; his goal is for it to be archival and used for educational purposes 27:50 – He hopes it’ll be referenced in the future; they’ve interviewed masters and founders of the sport 28:40 – He hopes to release it in December, but understands that it may take longer than expected 30:00 – Recommendations for anyone wanting to start Jiu Jitsu 30:15 – Every gym has a culture; shop around for something that fits what you are looking for and has a culture you resonate with  3 Key Points Unhappiness and discontentment can act as fuel. Competition changes you and reveals your true mental state. Competition teaches you how to control your emotions. Contact/Resources Primed Mind – Elliot’s Mindset App Robert’s Website – Drysdale Jiu Jitsu Movie - Rush Credits Podcast Production by Podcastily

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