A few months ago I decided that I wanted to interview a successful person. I wanted to find out how he/she dealt with fears and doubts AND what kind of mindset helped him/her to succeed in life. I had no clue where to start but I was determined to find someone…
A few days later I suddenly remembered that I read something positive, on a leaflet, about a kickboxing teacher who offered kickboxing lessons at my children’s school. So, I decided to approach him!
It happened to be Colin Treasure, a 4th Degree Black Belt, who is a former British kick-boxing champion three times over, and who also holds a European championship title. I was surprised and very happy at the same time!
How it all started
When Colin was younger he wanted to get the attention of his mother and father because he was always overlooked as the third eldest child.
He got involved in a lot of activities at school, mainly sports, and was very good at athletics. Later, Colin went into Martial Arts. He got inspired by Bruce Lee and wanted to be just like him. After a while he found a club where he could learn the art of Kickboxing. He stayed there and became very good at it.
His parents, who were both Christians, didn’t want to see him fight. He invited them several times but they never went to his matches. Despite that he won many tournaments and even participated in several TV programs, such as Gladiators and Family Fortune. Later he managed to get his father to still come to one of the programs!
All he wanted was to show them that he was worth something and that he was pretty good at what he did.
Lessons he has learned
When I asked Colin Treasure what he has learned in life and what he could share with me about dealing with fears and doubts, he answered:
“When you have a good attitude in life and when you are a nice person, people will help you. Simple things like this can help you get a long way!”
“If you feel that you really want to do something and you believe that you can do it and achieve it…..DO IT! If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t matter because at least you went for it.”
“In life and from experience people always doubt you and tell you that you can’t do anything. If you listen to that negative voice then you will go with what they are saying. If you really want to do something, be around positive people who think like you, who want what you want and then just go for it.”
“Life is full of challenges, obstacles and hurt but you have to find something positive when something negative happens to you because you’ve got to keep pushing forward. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and say: “You now what, I am just going to carry on.” And then you can be an inspiration for other people!”
The positive results
Now Colin Treasure runs his own business, Aero Kick Community Boxing Gym, in Birmingham. He also goes to different schools with his team, on a regular basis, to provide kickboxing lessons and teach kids about confidence and also about being respectful…
At the end of the interview, he emphasized something that I believe is very important. He said: “No one has the right to say that you can’t do something…because you can!
(Picture: Colin Treasure with my book Be A Winner)