“This is life! This is what made you! Hundreds of millions of sperms, all equals, all swimming to see which will reach the egg first, and only one will see the sun, the light of the moon, only one can make you! To be born is the biggest victory against the biggest odds in the biggest competition anywhere, ever—ohhhhh, what a champion! But a champion for what? To watch television, drink Coca-Cola and eat McDonald’s? No! We must continue with the same effort we achieved by out swimming millions! We must keep proving we are worthy of that victory!”

– Radomir Kovacevic (1954-2006), champion Judoka and coach.

This comes from one of the best pieces of sports journalism that I’ve ever read. See: American Dream

If you have the time, read the article. Grab a cup of coffee.

For more on Mr. Kovacevic’s life, see this Wikipedia article: Radomir Kovacevic

Even more fascinating there is a six part documentary on him on YouTube.

If you are not able to view the video, click here.

I like watching people who have a sense of purpose in their lives and I have to admit that it drives me crazy to see people be unmotivated, waste their time or go through the motions. You only have limited time on this planet. What are you going to do with your life? To be the best that you can be or waste your time watching tv?  Or be someone who wants something for nothing? Do you want to face challenges or avoid them?

Mr. Kovacevic had a good point. The fact that you were born means that you have been given an opportunity to do with your life as you please. Either you waste it or make something of it. I’d prefer that you live a life of facing challenges. You are going to fail sometimes. But it’s all in the effort, isn’t it? Why not prove that you are worthy of having been born?  Why not put forth your best effort every single day? 

I would not want to be on my death bed and say “I wish that I had tried harder or had done this…..”



3 thoughts on “A Champion For What?- Radomir Kovacevic

  • December 20, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Radomir Kovačević is greatly missed and he was my earliest mentors proud to state my life sensei, this that the teaching’s was never easy, it’s never supposed to be, teaching a lesson is made to learn and do it well . He is loved by all greatly admired ! One of my fathers closest friends.

    • January 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Radomir was also my mentor and very close friend of my father Mr Stan . Voja .
      There is not a day in my life that I don’t think of Radomir Kovacević and I thank him so much for mentoring me and being my Sensei he beat on me but it was a leeson he taught with love though ,I am only humble because of this man and I use humility because what he has shown me . He will be missed every second !

      • January 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Pavle Stanimirovic, thank you for reading this post and commenting. I am honored that you commented. Many of us have had influential instructors and Mr. Kovacevic was, no doubt, someone that you will remember for the rest of your life. I have no doubt that you will pass on the lessons to those around you!


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