-Evan Tanner 2008
In November of last year, i came across an interview by a mixed martial arts fighter Evan Tanner. This interview really was inspiring. Since then, every time i have an obstacle in front of me or hit a wall, the interview really ignites to keep pushing what you want to accomplish.
In 2008, Tanner went to train alone in the desert as he normally does for fights. Reports stat that his body was discovered a few days later and declared deceased due to heat exposer. rest in peace.
"I'm not a fighter, I'm not in this for personal glory. I just have this sense of something. It's behind everything. It's a sense that this is what I need to do. I have to do it. I need to do it. So my voice will be heard. I don’t know, I have this idea though, that I need to be able to make my voice heard and I could do that through fighting. There's so many things in this world, So many things that need to be changed, so many things that are wrong. If you could make your voice heard, you can stand up for these things. You could speak out on these things and people are going to listen. People are going to hear you. You could effect change. You can make things happen. You can improve the world; make the world a better place. The bottom line, believe in the power of one. I guess it's a motto, it's a saying, it's a phrase that I’ve used for quite a few years. What it is, it's one person can change the world and what it means is believe in the power of one, believe that one person can change the world and believe in that in yourself. Believe that you can even as a single individual change the world. What is it that I can do, not what you can do for me, but what can I do for you. And I think if everyone kind of lost themselves…in a sense of lose your self to gain everything. You know, quit worrying so much about yourself and you'll have everything you need. It's time to start doing things, standing up, speaking. It's time to have a voice. Start standing for those things that I learned really matter. One of the ultimate things a human can learn is kindness to their fellow human and understanding. As long as I can finally get the message out, that’s the important thing."
-Evan Tanner 2008