Insight Intelligence Group
What takes a successful businessman on the wrong side of 30 to shed 20% of his body weight and prepare to step into a boxing ring against a seasoned fighter in front of hundreds of people? We find out what has driven Mario Bekes, Managing Director of Insight Intelligence to take up the Corporate Fighter Challenge.
I believe there are two sides of pain. One side we are all familiar with is the suffering and discomfort side of pain, because that hurts! You remember what you felt. There is another side to pain and I call it ‘effort and glory’. It’s how you can find a way to push through as there is something greater on other side.
I couldn’t imagine that, being 45 years old, I would enrol to such a demanding training and sport, boxing, with twist. I will stand in ring in one of most prestigious venues in Sydney, The Westin Hotel and fight an experienced boxer.
Excitement around enrolling, getting boxing gloves, protective gear was quickly replaced with uncertainty after my first training when I realised that I am not that fit. In fact quite the contrary, I was completely unfit! I am someone who was thinking he is doing just fine and I was mistaken. After that first training session, I felt that discomfort and pain - good reason to give up before is too late. I came home and saw my son Matteo, who is the biggest reason why I am doing this. He is epileptic like millions other kids who are fighting it daily, and it gives me the resolve to push through that pain.
Training at Corporate Fighter is extremely demanding but I realised it was not enough for this unfit businessman to be ready for a fight. So I started adding extra sessions at 4am in the morning with my personal trainer. They are there for me and he is pushing so hard that I realised I am pushing those limits. Driving at 5am knowing people are still asleep, I keep asking myself questions. Why am I doing this, why am I not in bed and then I realise that my WHY is bigger than sleep or having coffee. The why is my son, my business, my clients and importantly myself. I am proving to myself that I can do it, despite all odds, pain and obstacles in life.
Without big changes in dieting, except removing sweets including my beloved Nutella, I lost enormous 12 kilos in space of 8 weeks.
So, all those books about dieting, nutritionist and dieticians are not needed as long as you have life objectives, goals and most importantly discipline. It’s hard, it’s painful. It is similar to business. I started a business from scratch and had to focus with success coming from applying ideas, objectives and discipline.
During those first 8 weeks, I realised that word “impossible” does not exist. Most pain is in your head and how much you invest in your goals and objectives will influence how much pain you feel.
All that pain, training and sacrifice will culminate on 22 September when I will enter ring which I see as a representation of all my 45 years of experiences combined.
Standing in front of number of people, family, guests and all of those who were or are part of my life will watch how big the WHY is for me. It is great that all the proceedings of this event will go to the LIVIN charity.
LIVIN is all about living your life at the top and destroying the stigma that is attached to mental illness. Connecting, supporting and encouraging one another to talk about their feelings, issues and challenges because “It Ain’t Weak to Speak”.
I’m determined that what could be the greatest pain of my life will prove that ultimately no matter what emotional, financial or physical pain you are suffering YOU can get through it.
I can’t wait for my Nutella fix too!