Goodbye Mr. Nice Guy

by Kenny Eller on October 27, 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

What are you willing to do for success?

If I said less good and more bad would more people know my story?

If I wrote for controversy instead of from the heart would my dream come true sooner?

If I talked down about the man I looked up to so much as a kid would it give him a reason to play me?

If I “Money Mayweathered” my persona and pulled the plug on Mr. Nice Guy would an NBA player finally take me seriously?

Do I have to give the World something I’m not in order for me vs. MJ to happen?

I hope not.

Marketing Genius

A little over a month ago, I paid $70 for Mayweather vs. Ortiz.  I paid knowing Floyd would own him.  While I wasn’t happy with how the fight ended (quite upset actually), for almost four rounds I was amazed at truly how great Mayweather is.  Blown away at how much better he was than a man 10 years his junior.  Inspired by how comfortable he was in the ring at all times.

Lost in all that is Floyd Mayweather, is a legendary work ethic.  He’s taken natural blessings and polished them over his life into a colorless diamond like skill set.  Known for outworking anyone, his three-a-day workout sessions have made him one of boxing’s all-time elite.

Yet Floyd’s talent alone doesn’t sell tickets and pay-per-views.  His mouth does that.

Hate or love him, “Money Mayweather” is a marketing genius.

I can appreciate his genius, but I can’t emulate it.

Integrity (The Less Popular Trait)

From a writing standpoint I can think of hundreds of things I could write about that would draw more attention to this site.  I can think of even more ways to write those things and how perhaps some more colorful language might trigger some new people to click on a post and read about my journey.

The thing is, the picture I’m painting is real.  This journey wasn’t taken to become famous and to have thousands of subscribers.  This isn’t about making money for me.  This is purely about my walk to make my dream of playing Michael Jordan come true.

And if that dream can’t happen with me being true to myself, then I’m all right with that.

This isn’t a win at all costs type of venture for me.

In life you are given choices.  I choose to stay true to who I am for the good and the bad.  I choose personal integrity.

It’s me vs. Michael Jordan

We are the sum of our life experiences.

We are on a daily basis the concentration of all that we know.

I’m a God loving, 34 year old man who finds himself asking for forgiveness more than he’d like to admit.  I’m the son of two loving parents, the brother of an inspirational young man, the husband of a woman who pours out unbridled support, and hopefully a great ally to at least a handful of amazing people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends.

I’m a dreamer not afraid to dream and I must tell you that my soul has never felt more alive than it does now.

That’s me.

Hopefully me is enough for Michael Jordan.

me vs. MJ…the journey continues.  Thank you for following along!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rasheed Hooda October 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

Well said, Kenny!

If “me” is not there, then it won’t be “Me vs MJ”

Keep it up!



Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Thank you so much Rasheed! Appreciate the support! :-)


Rohb Jennings November 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

Its a thin line between that which makes athletes great and their ability to be a complete person. It seems many athletes forget that being a good person takes the same commitment as it does to be great at their given craft.

The video you posted was really good as was this article, keep moving forward woth the goal Kenny!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

Yeah, it really is. I have more views on this than I can put into one reply, but it’s true that what makes someone like Floyd great also makes him not the ideal role model. I think what you hit on with work to being a good person needs to be said as well. We all have our missteps, but it is the desire to correct those for the future that defines who you are.

Thanks for reading and watching man! Appreciate the support!!!


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