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What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be? Kurt Angle Official BlogWhat will your legacy be? How do you want to be remembered when you’re gone?

I think about my legacy quite a bit. Do I want to be remembered as a good wrestler, an Olympic Gold Medalist, or as one of the all time greats in pro-wrestling? Sure I do; but do those things leave an everlasting impression that truly matters? It seems like we have put fame and material things on a pedestal in our lives, but what kind of legacy would you leave if you had all the money and fame in the world, but nobody liked you, or cared about you?

After my mother passed, I realized what an impact she made on others’ lives. She was absolutely loved by so many people, and I never met one human being that didn’t like my mom. Being loved for the person you are and not what you accomplish means so much more in life. Knowing how many loved my mom made me think about how I treat others and how others feel about me. Do others like me? Do they love me? Not me the wrestler, but me the person.

To those I’ve disrespected or treated wrongly, I truly apologize. I take full responsibility for my actions. But you can’t take back what’s in the past, so from this day forward, I know how I want to be remembered. I know what I want my legacy to be. I want to be remembered as a loyal husband, a loving father, and a good friend. I want others to say I was a good man and I was respectful. I want others to say they loved me, not just me the wrestler, but me the person. I want others to say I made an everlasting impression on them because of the person I was. That’s what I want my legacy to be!

Are you proud of me?

Mom-LoveHi, Mom…it’s been a while. Easter and Independence Day were tough without you here. Your Grandchildren are doing well, they can be a handful at times, but I know you already know that.

I have a question for you. Are you proud of me? I know that I’ve made you proud at times, but are you proud of the man I’ve become? I never asked you that when you were here, and now that you’re in a better place, I just want to know if I’m doing everything you’d expect me to do. Your approval has always been important to me. I know you always wanted approval from your father, but he was never there for you…I don’t ever want to become that type of man. You were so important to me. What you accomplished with all of your children is a miracle. You were ALWAYS there for us.

I’m trying to be the best husband and father I can be. When you were here, it was much easier for me because you had all of the answers. I know that comes with age and wisdom, but I’ve only became the man that I should be 2 years ago when I got clean. I’m doing my best, but sometimes I feel that’s not good enough. I always want to do more to make my family happy.

I’m starting a new chapter in my life very soon and I want to make every right decision for them, not for me. I pray every single day that I progress and make the right decisions for my 4 beautiful children. My wife is a spitting image of you, which is a blessing in itself.

Please watch over me, and give me a little nudge if I’m not doing the right things. I want to make you proud of who I am, and not what I’ve accomplished. You have made a lasting impression on my soul, I hope that I can do the same for my children, and I know that if I do that, you WILL be proud of me. That’s what matters.

I Love You Mommy.

What’s important to you?

What's important to you?What’s important to you? Is it money? Fame? Success? Love? Your Faith? Many of us would say that most of these are important, but what if you could only choose one? Which would you choose? If I had to pick the most important thing to me, I would choose my Faith in GOD. Knowing there is life after death, leads me to strongly believe that this world is not the “end all.” It’s only the beginning. Faith in life after death makes you accountable for your actions, not just here on Earth, but also up above.

There was a time in my life when I believed money and fame were the most important things in life. No matter how successful I was, or even how dark my life became, something always brought me back to my Faith in God. When I was on top of the world winning Gold in the Olympics, who did I thank first? My Lord Jesus Christ. When I was in the darkest place in my life, who did I turn to? My Lord! We all want good things to occur in our lives. Sometimes bad things occur, and we wonder why. Only God knows, and He has his reasons. Those reasons could be a valuable learning experience for us. Turmoil can pull you down fast, but if we use these circumstances to make us stronger, it can only benefit us in the end. So, when good things occur in your life, who will you thank? Your God? When bad things occur, who will you turn to for redemption? I hope your God! Always remember how valuable you are to your God. He loves you and He will never turn on you if you believe.

God will never let you stray. Give your life so much more meaning and join Him in His journey with you.

Be Prepared

Be Prepared-Kurt Angle Official BlogLife throws us many curve balls.  We can’t plan and prepare for those curve balls, but we can make them easier to manage if we prepare for the things we DO know are going to occur.  Whether it’s for a test, a competition, or even your career, be prepared for what is coming in the future.  If something big is coming ahead of you, do what you need to do to be fully prepared for it. That’s what will make you successful.  As for those curve balls; GOD will point you in the right direction when the time is right. As long as you prepare for the things you know are coming, you won’t be overwhelmed by the things that pop up suddenly in your life.  Teaching yourself to prepare for anything makes it easier to adjust to any situation that arises.  Be prepared, and you will be more likely to succeed.

How to Raise a Champion

Champions-Kurt-Angle-Official-BlogSo many parents ask me what the secret is to raising a sports champion. It’s not much of a secret. The key to raising a champion is to provide them with the basic necessities: Food and water, a good bed to rest, a roof over their head, and a good dose of love. Teach them to be respectful. Show your children love, care, compassion, and understanding. Support your children with everything you have, especially by attending their sporting events!

There’s a balance that goes with raising a champion, so when needed, be firm and utilize consistent discipline. Kids aren’t perfect and good kids make mistakes too. It’s the message that you give them when they make mistakes that will help them in the future.

When my parents raised me, they didn’t pressure me, or make me do anything I didn’t want to do. They supported me through everything. We weren’t rich by any means. With 6 kids in the house, there were times we struggled a bit, but my parents gave me a good home to live in. They loved me, and they discipline me when needed. They made sure I ate, slept, was clothed, studied, and worked out. They gave me the roots I needed to become a champion and I did the rest. I wanted to make them proud because of how they sacrificed for me.

To sum it up: Give your children a strong foundation and your support…their passion will take care of the rest. In the end, if your children don’t become champions, it doesn’t matter, because you prepared them for life and showed them how to be a good parent. If they are half the parent you were, they will be a champion in life, which is even better.

Education

Education-Kurt Angle Official BlogFurthering your education these days is expensive, but is it worth it? That’s a difficult question.

Getting an education is not only important, but necessary. If you want a job in this day and age, the applicants with degrees or specialized education are going to be chosen above the rest. Colleges are not the only option, trade schools are a great way to continue your education.

Many millionaires do not have a college degree, however, they didn’t have many options. Whatever idea that they had that made them a millionaire was a “must do it or go broke” situation, which is fine, if you’re a dreamer. There is nothing wrong with that if you have exceptional ideas.

We can all dream big, and swing for the fence with dreams of being rich or famous, but don’t you think having a solid back up plan would be smart? I definitely do. I’m glad I got my college education, even if I never do anything with it. It shows others the hard work and dedication I had, to be a student and athlete. When you further your education, you can’t go wrong, you will always be picked over other applicants when applying for a job.

If you don’t want to do it for yourself, think about your children’s futures and what you can share with them, because your children will most likely follow in your footsteps of getting a higher education.

No matter what your dreams are, and I hope that you all dream big, having an education will only help. So my advice to those who are debating on going to school or not; go to school. Don’t hesitate, you only have one life, make it count! Your dreams will only get bigger and better, I promise.

I Love Wrestling

Being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002

Being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002

I love wrestling. I wrestle each match like it’s my last, I will always wrestle that way. If I can’t, then I won’t do it anymore. I could never be a shell of myself and if if I can’t have the best match of the night, then I will retire.

I’ve had injuries that could have put me into retirement, but God has been good to me. Also, I am a fighter, I will keep fighting until I have nothing left to give. By no means am I a cyborg, but I’ve earned that reputation. I love what I do and as long as I love it, I will continue on this path.

I am a wrestler with every shred of me. I’ve won Olympic Gold and I’ve won titles, but the biggest compliment to me is going down in history as being one of the greatest of all time, both amateur and pro. I believe that I have earned that honor. I love wrestling and I love the fans of wrestling. That is why I do it and that it what makes me who I am. I take pride in every match I can and try to steal the show. If you don’t see that, then you haven’t been watching.

Staying Humble

Blessed are they-Kurt Angle Official BlogCount your Blessings, because they come every so often.

What we accomplish in our lives is not by mistake, it’s GOD’s will, but remember that what HE gave you, HE can take away.

There’s a reason to stay humble, regardless of who you are or what you’ve accomplished. Good things that come to you, whether you think you’ve earned it or not, don’t always last forever. Fame can run out, money can run out, and sometimes relationships run out as well…that’s life.

Staying humble allows you to have more joy for the good things that come to you. When you keep yourself in check, it allows you to prepare for “anything”, good or bad. That preparation makes it easier for you during bad times, and more grateful for the good things in life. The more humble you are, the more grateful you will be for your life. Having humility will allow you to see how blessed you really are, no matter what you’re going through.

I have a friend who has special needs, his name is Johnny. He is always happy and he always has good things to say…he is always so positive in his life. He doesn’t worry about the setbacks that bother most of us and he is as “humble” as anyone can be. Every time I see him, I’m reminded of how blessed both he and I are. I’ve learned more about humility from him than anything that has set me back in my life.
Life is simple…keep it simple. Have humility and trust in GOD. Your life will have so much more meaning. I Promise!

Responsibility/Accountability

Responsibility/Accountability-Kurt Angle BlogTo everyone that reads this blog, this post is about the most important thing that will save your career and reputation.

When you reach a certain level of success, some consider you a role model. There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with being a role model, but being a great role model is more important than the success that has brought you to that level.

Whatever your career may be, it doesn’t matter what it is, we all make mistakes when we are “shooting for our dreams”….that’s part of the journey.

Throughout my career, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, some have made me stronger, and eventually made me a champion, but I’ve also done my share of making mistakes due to poor judgement.

Brushes with the law, alcohol, drugs, fighting, and violence: these are in the category of “poor judgment”. When you use poor judgment, it can give you such a “black eye” that it could be irreparable.

When you find success, others will cling to you, they will follow your every move, especially children. They trust that you will be their hero, they trust that you will do no wrong. Responsibility and accountability come with the honor of being a role model. I can tell you from experience, that it’s 100 times harder to gain the trust of others that look up to you after you “mess up” using poor judgement, than it is to make the journey to the top of the mountain. Hold yourself accountable as others will, be responsibile for your actions. Don’t mess up, don’t screw up. If you can’t do it for yourself, then do it for the little ones that think the world of you. When you mess up, it takes a little bit of their innocence away. It’s not fair to them, or yourself.

A lot of you have asked me for advice about being successful. The best advice I can give any of you is, be responsible about making the right decisions on how you live your life. A lot of you are going to be successful and some of you will have a certain level of fame. Focus on your achievements and don’t let go of that attitude or that feeling.

Life is difficult and things aren’t easy, if they were, we’d all be perfect, and only one man was ever perfect- and HE lived 2,000 years ago.

Do your best to be as good as you can, in every aspect of your life. I promise you, things will get much easier, or at the very least, less difficult. It’s your time to shine, so shine! Take responsibility for what you do, and how you do it. Make it “your time”, don’t “mess up”. The world is yours for the taking.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness-Kurt Angle BlogI’ve accomplished so much in my life and I’ve done some pretty incredible things. It’s been an amazing journey, but did it make me happy? I really don’t know.  I was so wrapped up in what I wanted to do, that I forgot about the people that meant the most to me. For most of my life, I thought that happiness was success. The more I accomplished, the happier I thought I would be. Until one day, I realized I was alone. I had no one to celebrate with me. Isolated from others, depression set in.

Then my life went into turmoil. I started to doing some things that were wrong and unethical. Many personal problems and injuries had my life going in the wrong direction. I wasn’t praying, or having a relationship with GOD. I was even more selfish than I was when I was “claiming to title of being the best in the world”.

I realized I had to change. What would get me back on track? Was it GOD? Family? Putting others before me? How about all of the above???

A man once told me to “grow up”. I didn’t know what that meant at the time, now I do. It’s about putting childish things behind me. Knowing that bad habits are childish, and that its time to be responsible. With responsibility comes the claim of being a great father, husband and a loyal servant of GOD. It’s about putting others before me.

Now, I now know what my real purpose is, it’s being there for others and serving others. I am more excited about what’s coming than anything I’ve accomplished in the past. The crazy thing is, I don’t regret my past or the mistakes that I made, because I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t make those mistakes.

And as far as being happy now? I have a beautiful wife, 4 amazing kids and a relationship with my GOD. I couldn’t be happier. I am even more ready for what the world has in store for me right now, than when I stood in the podium and received my gold medal. I’m living my life for the right reasons. And I’m ready for great things to come. I’m happy!!!