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12 Cus D’Amato Quotes On Discipline, Winning & Fear

Cus D'Amato

When the topic of mental warfare, ferociousness, success & victory come up Iron Mike Tyson is without a doubt one of the first names that come to mind...
When the name Cus 'D'Amato is mentioned however, few very know who Cus is.

Cus ultimately built Mike Tyson to be the skilled, mean, mental warfare machine that he was. 

As soon as Cus saw Mike Tyson he saw the blank canvas that could be used to create a world champion.

Below are 12 lessons on discipline, winning & fear from the Cus D'Amato, master of boxing & mental warfare in the form of Cus D'Amato quotes. 

12 Cus D'Amato Quotes On Discipline, Winning & Fear


“When a person’s interested in something, they’re willing to tolerate any kind of problems that may come up.” - Cus D'Amato


“To see a man beaten not by a better opponent, but by himself is a tragedy.” - Cus D'Amato

Build Character

 “Character is that quality upon which you can depend under pressure and other conditions.” - Cus D'Amato

Fear Is Necessary

"You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you; it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you’re in the dark and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you…fear is a friend of exceptional people.” - Cus D'Amato

Project Fear

“The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.” - Cus D'Amato

Don't Quit

 “Losers are winners who quit, even if you lose, you still win if you don’t quit.” - Cus D'Amato

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You Are Not Born With Skill

“There is no such thing as a natural puncher. There is a natural aptitude for punching and that is different. Nobody is born the best. You have to practice and train to become the best.” - Cus D'Amato

Will Is Everything

“When two men are fighting, what you’re watching is more a contest of wills than of skills, with the stronger will usually overcoming skill. The skill will prevail only when it is so superior to the other man’s skill that the will is not tested.” - Cus D'Amato

Emotion Based Action Taking Is Amateur

“I believe a man is a professional when he can do what needs to be done no matter how he feels within. An amateur is an amateur in his attitude emotionally. A professional is an professional in the way he thinks and feels and in his ability to execute under the most trying conditions.” - Cus D'Amato

Operate Like A Professional

“The ability to do what needs to be done regardless of the pressure and do it with poise, with no reflection of his inner feeling or conflict if it exists, is what makes a professional. It has nothing to do with their knowledge. I’ll show you many amateurs with far superior knowledge and ability than top professionals.” - Cus D'Amato

Look To The Past

“There are very few new things in this world, very few. That’s why people that are young, if they’re smart, try to profit from the experience of an older guy so they won’t have to go through all the pain and suffering. But a certain amount of pain and suffer is good, because it makes a person think they’ve learned.” - Cus D'Amato

Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Face

“When you get hit that’s when you’ve got to be calm. A professional fighter has to learn how to hit and not get hit, and at the same time be exciting. That’s what professional boxing is about. You’ve got to be clever, you’ve got to be smart, and not get hit, and when you’re able to do this, you’re a fighter.” - Cus D'Amato

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Scott J.
Scott J.
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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