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6 MINUTES WRESTLING WITH LIFE

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Book 1 in the ‘Every Breath Is Gold” Memoir Series


Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and think…

Twenty-six years ago, my mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship.

I committed myself to a lifestyle, I made the sacrifices, I put in the time, I starved myself, I even shaved my head.

I had the hunger, the desire, and the determination, but I came up short.

For many years, after I graduated it seemed like I got nothing out of my six years of total dedication to the sport. That the trade-off of what I gave and what I got in return to this sport was way out of whack.

I hated wrestling for it.

To put every ounce of your soul into achieving something and to get nothing out of it in return was beyond my comprehension and I just could not justify it in my head.

Until I had adversity in my life.

And slowly but surely, I started realizing how much the sport of wrestling actually has given back to me.

Much more than I ever knew.

6 Minutes Wrestling with Life is much more than a wrestling book.

It is a book on life, love, loss, and belief.


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Chapter:

1. HOW LONG IS – FOR A WHILE?

2. EVERY BREATH IS GOLD

3. DIVIDED, YET UNITED

4. GAP SOLDIERS

5. FOLLOW THE LOVE, JESS

6. STARTING TO BUILD A TEAM

7. HALLWAY OR PRIVATE ROOM

8. THERE IS AN OPEN CIRCLE

9. BE THE GUY WHO SETS THE BAR

10. AWAKENINGS

11. ONE PERSON WITH BELIEF

12. ZIHUATANEJO

13. DEADLY PREMONITION

14. ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK

15. BLIND OR DEAF?

16. FISH HOOKED – DON’T TAKE THE BAIT

17. BOB

18. DAY 28 EERILY PARALLEL LIVES

19. THE GREAT SADNESS BEGINS

20. TWO ROSES

21. HOW CRUEL CAN LIFE BE?

22. TOURETTE’S WITHOUT TALKING

23. 6 BEDS – 7 PATIENTS – 0 PATIENCE

24. DR. HEAVY

25. RED ICE AT NIGHT

26. PRE

27. YOU CALL THIS A STORM

28. AN AWAITING RESERVOIR OF “CAN DO”

29. DR. DICK

30. DEFLATED

31. WE ARE MARSHALL

32. LOVE TRIANGLE

33. SLEEPING WITH MY SNEAKERS ON

34. THANKS GIVEN EVERY DAY

35. REM – LOSING MY RELIGION

36. THE LOOK

37. ONLY LIGHT DRIVES OUT DARKNESS

38. FROM MELROSE PLACE TO ER OVERNIGHT

39. CERTIFIABLY INSANE

40. A PAIR OF 2’s

41. EVERY THORN HAS A ROSE

42. MRS. IRRELEVANT

43. ADULT LARGE – TAKE THE HIT

44. NURSE RATCHED

45. A NEW SET OF PROBLEMS

46. MAGIC WAND

47. DR. HOUSE

48. LOST – OCEANIC FLIGHT 815

49. CHINESE HANDCUFFS

50. WHY DO YOU WRESTLE?

51. MAYBE

52. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON

53. MEMBER OF A SECRET CLUB

54. THE REALIZATION

55. TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE 

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AGAIN

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Book 2 in the ‘Every Breath Is Gold’ Memoir Series


There are going to be many occasions where you are faced with giving up, where the normal person would not hold it against you for stopping, where almost everyone would give you a pat on the back for a valiant effort.

It is at that time that you have a choice to make, you could accept the alibi that is being thrown to you, or you can try “Again.”

The ability to keep going on when you think that you can’t go on anymore.

When you have given everything to achieve a goal and you come up short.

Your fight inside of you cannot be dictated by the amount of time left on the clock, or by the score, or by relying on getting good breaks over bad ones.

Your fight inside of you must be dictated by the outcome that you want to achieve.


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Chapter:

1 – SUFFERN

2 – BAMBOO, TIME AND BELIEF

3 – DOUBLE CONFIRMATION

4 – RED LIGHTS AND YELLOW LINES

5 – THE MOST DANGEROUS DAY OF YOUR LIFE

6 – THE REMATCH

7 – HERE ARE MY SHOES

8 – OVER TIME OR OVERTIME

9 – ROOFTOP ON A HOSPITAL PARKING LOT

10 – YOU CAN GET THE LAST TAKEDOWN, FOR YOUR TEAM

11 – SNOW GLOBE

12 – THE SUN IS ALWAYS THERE

13 – FLYING IN A FOG

14 – SWEAT

15 – MY FEAR

16 – THE GREATEST ASSET IN MY LIFE

17 – JOHNA

18 – LIFE TRANSFORMED

19 – TURN YOUR WALL INTO A RAFT

20 – A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

21 – TANKS AND DOORWAYS

22 – I’LL HAVE AN ORDER OF HAPPINESS TO GO

23 – PRESENCE OVER PRESENTS

24 – THE CRASH

25 – BE MORE PROUD THEN DISAPPOINTED

26 – HEAD TURNING EVENTS

27 – THE CYCLE

28 – THE SECTION XI PARENTS ALLIANCE

29 – UIF X 4

30 – FROM THE PODIUM TO THE 15TH FLOOR

31 – A GREAT FRIEND GIVES YOU THE SHIRT OFF OF HIS WALL

32 – FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE JUMBOTRON

33 – THE NOD AND HUG

34 – THE MOST UNSELFISH ACT EVER

35 – WRISTBAND OR HAND STAMP

36 – THE PERFECT ENDING

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It is recommended that you read 6 Minutes Wrestling with Life prior.


Your Soul Knows

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Book 3 in the ‘Every Breath Is Gold’ Memoir Series


I believe every experience we go through in life is to prepare us for what is to come in our lives.

To teach us the life lessons we need to know so we can best handle our ultimate test, somewhere in the future.

I believe that our lives are an accumulation of life lessons that can only be learned by personal experience, to be completely understood.

I believe the universe takes us on goals and missions in our lives we believe are the most important things to us at the time.

It does this to teach us lessons that we need to experience and learn, so we can successfully execute them when our real mission in life finally arrives.

I believe that if you really listen, your soul will talk to you.

And when it does…

Listen, Trust, Act


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Chapter:

1 – iFight

2 – I’m Fine

3 – Open Your Gifts

 

4 – Breadcrumbs and Time

5 – Timeless

6 – Delayed Divine Explanation

7 – The Full Picture

8 – X-Ray

9 – September 12th

10 – Listen, Trust, Act

11 – More Love

12 – I Hear You

13 – The Jungle

14 – Mr. Duplicity

15 – The Formula

16 – Earn Your Way

17 – A Stretch and A Smile

18 – What I Know For Sure

19 – #119,104

20 – Runny Knows

21 – Snorkeling

22 – Averting a Crash

23 – The Fight of Your Life

24 – A Dark Night of the Soul

25 – Don’t Eat My Food

26 – 3 a.m. Emails

27 – Thumper

28 – Bless You

29 – The Voice

30 – The Forest For the Trees


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 A Good Man

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It has taken me all of my life to realize my goal in life is not to look successful to the world, but to be significant to a few. 

There are times when you meet someone who winds up making a big difference in your life. In the way, you think, how you act, who you have become. And despite time or their absence, a piece of them continue to live inside of you.

My life has bounced between the extremes of exhilarating and excruciating many times, but no matter where my life is in my life’s cycle the impact this one man has had on it has always been quite evident.

A Good Man has that effect on you.


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Chapter:

1. THE FACTS

2. INSIDE OUT

3. STILL LIVING

4. CHARADES

5. NATURES MAGNETIC PULL

6. NATURE KNOCKING

7. CARE IS THERE

8. TRULY KNOWING

9. A VALUABLE NICKEL

10. MY BOSS

11. LEAD BY EXAMPLE

12. THE COST OF AN ENEMY

13. ASK, LISTEN, IMPLEMENT

14. LITTLE THINGS

15. WHEN A STATION WAGON IS MORE VALUABLE THAN A RED FERRARI

16. MR. MONEYBAGS

17. LET’S NOT GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE

18. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

19. SUMMER BONUS

20. WINTER DARKNESS

21. WHOLE SEASONS

22. GRAND THEFT AUTO

23. NEW COKE

24. OLD NAKED LADY

25. THE GRAVITY OF LIFE

26. ASS BACKWARDS AND THE ONE EYED GUY

27. WHEN YOUR LIGHT GOES OUT

28. TONIC WATER LADY

29. THE MILLISECOND OF TRUTH

30. YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

31. LOOK ON YOUR STOOP

32. THE LOVELESS PRISON

33. DON’T LET THE LIE WIN

34. A D.I.M.E. IS WORTHLESS

35. SEPARATION OF ACT AND PERSON

36. ANGELS ON A TRAIN

37. MY WISH

38. THREE WISHES

39. SILENT WHISPERS

40. WHOLE LIVES

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Have you ever wondered why two wrestlers can wrestle multiple times with drastically different results?

Or why –

wrestler A beat wrestler B,
wrestler B beat wrestler C,
but wrestler A lost to wrestler C?

The answer is hidden in plain sight.

Styles make matches.

Choosing to match your style versus your opponents, to create and wrestle in advantaged positions and avoid wrestling in disadvantaged positions, is the most underutilized strategic asset in wrestling.

The wrestler who wrestles in his advantage position, for a greater amount of time in the match, will have the higher probability of winning.

That is the reason why two wrestlers wrestle multiple times with drastically different outcomes, and why the logic doesn’t hold that if one wrestler beat another he should be able to beat the wrestler his prior opponent beat.

If you watch and research matches between the same wrestler’s you will see, more times than not, the reason there was a different outcome in each match was because one wrestler was able to wrestle in his advantage position in one match and was not able to do so in the other.

A wrestlers’ job is to understand which position is his advantage position versus each one of his opponents.

In which position the highest probability of scoring points as quickly as possibly exists.

And to get to that position.

I believe you don’t get to that position by chance,

I believe you get to that position by choice.

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Chapter:

  1. Styles Make Matches 
  2. What Is The Goal Of A Wrestling Match?
  3. What Is An Advantage Position?
  4. Given
  5. Let Me Be Clear
  6. Case Study
  7. Never Choose Based On the Score
  8. Don’t Be A Hero
  9. Eliminate Your Opponent’s Best Position
  10. You Need Multiple Ways To Beat an Opponent
  11. Be One Step Ahead
  12. Being In Harmony With Your Coach
  13. Choose The Known
  14. Short Periods
  15. When an Escape Will Earn You -1 Points
  16. The 99 Pound Weight Class In New York
  17. Strategies
  18. The Ultimate

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    We have all seen the contest where a person in a bank vault has 360 seconds to grab as much money as possible.

    If it were you, would you stop grabbing money after you had “just enough” in your hands?

    Would you stop grabbing money when there were only 60 seconds left?

    Would you ever be too tired to keep grabbing more money?

    Obviously, not.

    Why?

    Because the reward of what that money can do for you overrides any of the reasons to stop.

    A wrestling match is the same type of contest.

    You need to have the same kind of mindset.

    To a wrestler, points are money.

    In each match, you have 360 seconds to score as many points as possible.

    When the whistle blows, the allure of scoring points must override any and all obstacles.

    Have a safe lead?

    Need to score more points.

    Have short time?

    Need to score more points.

    Have a fear of losing?

    Need to score more points.

    As like with the money grab, the only time you stop scoring points is when there is no time left in the contest.


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    Chapter:

    1. The Contest
    2. Why Dominate
    3. Leave No Doubt
    4. The Ultimate Domination
    5. There Are 4 Types of Wrestlers
    6. The Release
    7. Little Voices
    8. Score First
    9. Expand The Lead
    10. Back Points
    11. Score On The Line
    12. Score With Short Time
    13. The Power of Unanswered Points
    14. Score On The Line With Short Time
    15. Everything Matters
    16. End Each Period On Top
    17. Now, What?
    18. Wrestle Like You’re Down By 1
    19. Matches Are Live Practice
    20. Be Dominant In Each Position
    21. Be Entertaining To Watch
    22. If You Dominate, They Will Come

 

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One of the greatest assets in my life, other than my family and friends has been the sport of wrestling.

It has made me into the person I am today.

A person who can handle whatever adversity life throws at me.

The disciplines of wrestling are impactful on a young athlete’s life.

At first, one wrestles to win championships.

Then, after many years, one realizes it wasn’t the pursuit of championships that wrestling was all about –wrestling is about preparing you for life.

I owe a great deal to this sport, that is why I write about it so passionately.

I have written about the sport in my memoirs,

“6 Minutes Wrestling with Life,” “Again,” and “Your Soul Knows,” and I continue to write about it in this blog.

This book is a compilation of all my writing on the sport.

The book is designed to be read like each chapter is a short story, separate from one another. 

Chapters can be read in order or randomly, that is your preference.

The first fifteen stories originate from my blog, and the last thirteen chapters, starting with “Overtime or Over Time?” are excerpts from my memoirs.

I felt it was necessary to compile all my writing of this great sport under one cover.

The chapters that are excerpts of my other books have been slightly edited to preserve the integrity of the story they come from.

I hope you enjoy reading “Wrestling Writing,” as much as I have enjoyed living it.

JohnA 


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The Pursuit  

Be Incapable of Discouragement

It Has to Hurt

What Do You Do When It Happens to You? 

1 Degree of Separation 

Scold, But Then Mold 

Trust Yourself

You Can Only Hope 

Sometimes, Texas Is Not Forever 

From the Thread Of Their Coach 

Gyroscope Coach 

Moneyball Come To Wrestling

The Push

Greatness Versus Greatness Arrived

The Season Starts Today

Be a Rebounder

Overtime or Over Time?

Why Do You Wrestle?

Here Are My Shoes

Maybe

The Greatest Asset In My Life

JohnA

The Shirt

Don’t Eat My Food

From the Basement to the Jumbotron

The Nod and Hug

Wristband or Hand Stamp?

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