In boxing, you get fighters who retire with unblemished records.
Take Floyd Mayweather, for example... He's a phenomenal fighter, don't get me wrong. But I sometimes think he was more concerned about defending his record than his belt.
Having 49 wins and zero defeats looks amazing on paper... But how many of these fights were set-up to boost his numbers, rather than create a challenging match-up?
This is why I much prefer mixed martial arts (MMA), and in particular, why I love Conor McGregor.
It's not because of his awesome manly beard, or even my partial Irish blood, it's actually because he seeks the fights that will push him to the next level... Not just add an easy win to his record.
In March this year he took a fight with a much larger fighter, meaning he had to go up two weight divisions, from 145lbs to 170lbs.
And what happened? Well, Conor was defeated... BUT this raised his profile to another level and catapulted him to being one of the best-known fighters on the planet... Even familiar to people who had never seen the UFC.
Conor is undisputedly the best in the world in his weight class... But he wasn't satisfied with that - He wanted the next BIG challenge, quite literally.
So, here is my point...
We set our own limits, and very often, we make our own cage.
If you feel trapped or restricted, then ask yourself - Who is imposing your limits?
Conor McGregor is an example of a man who doesn't take the traditional path.
He gambled, and on the surface, you could argue that he lost.
But his stock value rose because he was willing to go beyond his comfort zone.
He now commands more money every time he fights and his personal brand is building serious momentum.
And he actually avenged the defeat to Nate Diaz recently, but that doesn't even matter, really.
He was willing to fail, and in doing so he created a story that inspired other people to look beyond their current situation.
That's why I love the guy.
And did I mention he has an awesome beard?
EDIT: Today, Conor was announced as the headliner for the historic, first-ever UFC event in New York City on 12th November.
He'll be fighting the 155lb champion, Eddie Alvarez, who arguably should be facing a more deserving opponent from within his own weight division.
But the fans want to see McGregor; so his unconventional actions have earned him an enormous payday and the chance to make history by holding two UFC belts at the same time.
Win or lose... Who cares?!
Seeing a man go beyond his limits, like Rocky Balboa, is what won this opportunity.
Go on Conor lad!