Frank Shamrock is a retired American professional mixed martial artist. He was the No. 1 ranked pound for pound UFC fighter in the world during his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion.
I asked Frank Shamrock, a living legend MMA fighter, “How many titles have you won?” “I think I won them all.” He calls himself a “super athlete.” So I told him he lacks humility... And we laughed. But he’s right. He IS a super athlete. He evolved the art form. And went one level deeper than any opponent. He didn’t just say “how do I crush this person?” He said “How is the body working? What is this machine? How can I use it optimize my performance?” “I was studying the biomechanics,” Frank said. “And how to maximize it… everyone else studied technical fighting.” But he wasn’t always a fighter. He found the sport in jail. He was 11. He left home and learned “crime was a tool to change your situation and protect you,” Frank said. His parents were abusing him. “I was an emotional basket case,” he said. “I couldn’t hold anything together for more than a few days, no sport, no activities I would just fall apart.” He escaped through crime. “ I actually threw rocks at a train and in California, that’s a felony. I went and did ten days in juvenile hall.” It was his first time away from his “family.” His abusers… He was hanging out with all the other kids in juvie. So he started to ask questions. “How do you deal with x, y and z.” He listed out all the abuse. They looked at him shocked and confused. And asked him repeatedly, “What are you talking about?” “You don’t get locked in the closet till they get home?”  he asked. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing.   That’s when this small 11-year-old realized he had to get out. “When things didn’t work out, I knew what to do: commit a crime, go back to juvenile hall, see my friends…” The cycle didn’t stop. He turned 17. Committed another crime and went to prison for 3 and a half years. “Because I was married and an emancipated minor, anything that I did illegally was charged as an adult.” THIS was Frank’s wake up call. It all fell on him. He had ruined his life. He had 20 felonies, no education, and a baby to support. “I know what the bottom is like,” he said. “I know what it’s like to have zero. You can always build up. But it starts by changing your mind and taking action.”   This is a story about the making of a legend. It’s the story of a criminal turned champion. I want to take these lessons and apply them to my own life. I realized I don’t have to fight, but I can at least live with the mindset of a fighter. Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out the show notes here: And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See for privacy information.
Our special guest is Frank Shamrock. Frank is a legend of MMA and was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship which was later renamed the UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion and retired from the UFC as a four time defending and undefeated champion. You will learn plenty from Frank Shamrock in episode 144 of The Vision Board Podcast. What you will learn in this episode: 3:55 - we welcome Frank Shamrock 4:12 - his new charity and health care company 5:35 - his reasons for creating his multiple businesses 6:20 - stories about growing up in foster care 7:10 - how his rough upbringing helped him in his mma career 8:05 - what it's like 15 minutes before a fight 8:40 - what his personal mission statement is 9:55 - his opinions on martial arts being taught to children 11:05 - rites of passage 11:55 - insights about what he's learned from his brother Ken 12:45 - the mindset of a champion 13:10 - advice on failures 14:05 - the differences between champions and contenders 15:05 - how he defines success 16:20 - insights into his meditation practices 17:40 - visualising techniques 19:20 - the evolution of his mindset 20:31 - Meditation as a tool for growth 21:30 - daily non negotiable's 22:30 - his intent for creating his health care company 23:15 - his show "The Bake Out" 24:22 - the power of plant based medicines 25:35 - his daily usage of cannabis 26:35 - the difference between the politics of the NBA versus MMA in regards to cannabis use 28:05 - the pros and cons of cannabis 29:29 - THC, CBD oils and its uses 31:09 - what his three closest friends would say about him 31:25 - advice on bad days 31:55 - what posters were on his childhood walls 32:12 - who would he invite to dinner? Episode brought to you by ONNIT - Use coupon code VISIONBOARD at checkout to receive 10% off at Get your FREE copy of CONVERSATIONS WITH CHAMPIONS, an inspirational quote book of all the guests from the podcast Simply visit Get in touch with Jonny and Tristan at
Today The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling welcome a true "Legend" to the airwaves for episode #264 as the one and only Frank Shamrock joins the show. Speaking candidly about the recent issues regarding his good friend and former WWE announcer, Mauro Ranallo, Shamrock expresses his feeling regarding the situation and how he thinks it will leave an impact on Mauro's career. The near 40 minute interview quickly turns to some of the biggest highlights in Frank's career as he breaks down and covers some of his biggest fights and toughest opponents. For this and every other episode of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling please subscribe to us on iTunes, Podomatic, Player FM, Earpeeler and Tune In Radio. As well as follow us on Twitter @TwoManPowerTrip.
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Dec 8th, 1972
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