“Focus only on ourselves” – Fabricio Andrade talks about the importance of self-improvement
No one has ever accused Fabricio Andrade of lacking confidence. As he approaches the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career, “Wonder Boy” feels more than ever. However, some say his confidence is misguided considering he is up against resident ONE Championship knockout artist and reigning bantamweight world champion John “Hands of Stone” Lineker.
Days away from his ONE World Title showdown with fellow Brazilian, Fabricio Andrade sat down with ONE Championship. He discussed the importance of building confidence and having high self-esteem to be successful and happy, regardless of your profession:
“I think we have to forget everything around us and focus only on ourselves, on what we want to improve. We are often unhappy with what we do and the way we live, so sometimes we have to stop and think about what we really want to do and focus on that.
For the past two years, Andrade has focused on John Lineker. Calling for a fight with “Hands of Stone” ever since he first set foot in the Circle, “Wonder Boy” will finally get his chance to claim his position as the best bantamweight fighter in the world.
Fabricio Andrade on building self-esteem over time
If trust is key, then Fabricio Andrade is the proverbial locksmith. Coming into every fight with a mask of certainty, the No. 2 ranked bantamweight devastated every man who stood before him inside the circle. With five straight wins and three straight by knockout, Andrade enters his US primetime debut with his head held high and a smile on his face.
However, this is not something Andrade accomplished overnight. As he says, building your self-esteem is a process that takes both time and focus, but if done correctly, it can lead to true happiness:
“Over time, it is possible to increase this self-esteem. But it’s not something that happens overnight. We slowly build that, creating that trust. We have to focus, know what we want and thus build confidence to be happy.”
“A lot of people think I’m too confident, that I have very high self-esteem. But it was time that allowed me to reach the level of confidence that I have today.