Most people want to be successful. They are willing to invest time, energy, and other valuable resources to decipher the key to obtaining it. Once in a while, they get a chance to associate with someone who has reached that pinnacle, and wisdom would dictate that they extract the gems that are present from such a conversation. Yesterday, I had the privilege of gathering those gems.
Tony Holden is a successful boxing promoter and a successful businessman. He promoted the late former WBO Heavyweight Champion Tommy Morrison, and currently promotes Tommy’s sons, Trey and Kenzie Morrison. He also promotes Jarrett Rouse, Jesse Cook, and Dillon Cook who round up “The Four State Franchise”. He is also the driving force behind the success of The Buffalo Run Resort and Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. With such grand accomplishments, people may wonder what qualities Holden possesses? Interestingly enough, as I peered behind the camera, what stood out to me was his modesty. When “Bad” Brad asked “Who is Tony Holden?”, his response was “Just an average guy from Oklahoma.” His honesty is evident by the fact that he discovered some behind the scenes improprieties with people handling some business dealings with Tommy Morrison, and his loyalty shined through when he reflected on standing by Morrison’s side who was knocked out in one round by Michael Bentt, which derailed an 8 million dollar payday and saw him fighting next on ESPN for a purse of $60,000. Holden reported that he never had a contract with Morrison, and spoke of Morrison’s loyalty and devotion to him, rejecting millions to remain with him as other promoters tried to woo Morrison away.
These qualities stood out to me because there is a mistaken notion that to be successful, one has to be dishonest, shrewd, and manipulative in business. The old saying that “nice guys finish last” doesn’t seem to be the case here. Holden also readily praised people who worked with him, freely speaking about their strengths and referring to them in a very complementary manner. This was very refreshing to me, as I have seen many people on the road to success who are condescending and haughty. From my seat yesterday, I am further convinced that those qualities are not necessary, and actually, are probably detrimental to success.
Yes, most people are attracted to success. Rest assured that achieving goals is possible. Understand too that positive qualities like loyalty, honesty, candor, modesty, and hard work are tools that one must possess to attain success. Remember Holden’s motto: “It’s not about the money, it’s the game. Win the game- the money will come”.
Regardless of your game, these words are wise and can inspire you to obtain your goals….