Cus D’Amato founder of Gramercy Gym®*

Gramercy Gym, New York

I’m a big fan of hiring the right coach. You look at anyone successful today and they have a coach or a mentor assisting them. No one goes alone. Always good to have someone in the corner. But always remember that you have to be ready before getting the coach. The coach can’t do everything for you. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Constantine “Cus” D’Amato was an American boxing manager and trainer who handled the careers of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres; all went on to become members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Cus D’Amato –“A boy comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.”

Some of Cus D’Amato’s most famous quotes:

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

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

Emotion Based Action Take 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

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