What can Conor McGregor teach you about making art? The answer might surprise you. Even though Oscar winner Meryl Streep doesn’t think that MMA and the arts belong in the same world, you can take a lot of lessons from the UFC star and apply them to your own work.
You Don’t Have To Be The Best To Be The Best
Conor McGregor has held championship belts in two different divisions in the UFC. Yet, Conor is not the best boxer in the world. He is not the best wrestler in the world. And he’s not the best jiu-jitsu practitioner or Muay Thai striker.
It isn’t just one thing that makes Conor a champion. It is a multitude of attributes—timing, power, movement, ring generalship—that form an incredible combination. His “talent stack“, as Scott Adams calls it, allows him to dominate both inside and outside of the octagon.
How do we apply this to your art? Could you combine your main artform with something else to make something new and exciting?
A real-world example:
A friend of mine struggled for years doing musical comedy, until he decided to film rap battles between historical figures and fictional characters. Now he sells out arenas and is one of the biggest stars on Youtube.
Confidence Is Everything
Conor McGregor has lost three times. He hasn’t even won all of his last three fights. But you wouldn’t know it from the way he carries himself. A great example is his match-up with Nate Diaz. In their first encounter, Diaz choked McGregor out in the second round. It was a completely one-sided affair.
Despite this brutal loss, Conor bounced back in record time. Coming into their second fight, you would have thought Conor had never lost. And, true to form, Connor learned from his mistakes and won their next fight in a unanimous decision.
A major part of Conor McGregor’s talent stack is his self-promotion. He’s the best trash-talker since Muhammad Ali. Not only does his showmanship sell tickets, but he also gets into the heads of his opponents. How do you not love somebody who says stuff like this:
“I should create my own belt. I am, in myself, my own belt. It doesn’t matter if its featherweight, lightweight, welterweight. It’s the McGregor belt. That’s it, I’m fighting for my own belt.”
“There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good. I’m doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I’m doing the other.”
“I am the rule. I’m the only rule in this game.”
In today’s day and age, you can’t just sit on the sidelines. If you’re not actively promoting yourself and working to stand out, you’ll get lost in a sea of other artists. Don’t you know? The system is rigged against you.
How To Become A Mixed Media Artist
Be an MMA fighter in your own right. Be a Mixed Media Artist. Forget about the established path and create a new way of doing things.
- Combine your skills.
- Confidence is everything.
- Promote yourself.
Who knows? You might just end up a champion in your own right.