Adversity is the opportunity for evolution. Failure is not final, and it is not quitting—- it is the open door into growth, humility, and self-improvement. The indigenous people of the Marianas are all too familiar with adversity: they have fought and lost the war against the invading Spaniard conquistadors, endured enslavement and occupation by the Axis Powers in World War II, and they are still enduring the vestiges of centuries-long colonization, even now.
As warriors and seafarers, the ancient Chamorro people have fought, survived, and continue to fight for their lives in a world that is globalizing, leaving indigenous cultures in the backburner. As a son of the Marianas, Frank “The Crank” Camacho understands that this ability to endure losses and adversity is in his blood. It is his past, present, and future, as it is the inevitability of all warriors: you win, or you learn.
In Camacho’s latest vlog, “Frank “The Crank” Post UFC Singapore Fight Night,” he is energetic and eager for his next fight. Looking healthy and relatively unharmed, Camacho strolls through the beautiful streets of Singapore, thanking his supporters—- grateful to his people.
“What I love about this sport is that it’s so true. Holding onto my mind all the should haves, could haves, would haves— but at the end of the day, I lost,” Camacho admits, in a powerful display of a true warrior’s humility. A loss does not stop the world from turning, it does not stop his heart from beating, and it will not end his passion for Mixed Martial Arts.
“Never be afraid to fail. Never be afraid to get on that batter’s mount and swing for the fences. You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take. There is a lot of growth in victory, and there is a lot of growth in failure.”
Victory and failure both offer incredible learning opportunities.
To understand the mindset of true warriors, consider the four best things about losing a fight: the experience you gain, the opportunity to fight another day, reviewing the fight (via a video recording) in order to fully learn from your experience from a different perspective, and the ability to get right back into training and improving for your next fight.
Frank “The Crank” Camacho has that warrior mindset. He has not given up, and his lost has not discouraged him from his passion. He is grateful to his fans, his partners, his family, and even Beneil Dariush for supporting him in their own individual ways, by understanding the way of the island warrior.