Winning with Flair: 16 Lessons from the Dirtiest Player in the Game

Lesson 3 : To be the Man, you gotta beat the Man

There are two arcs in the saga of those who reach the top: the first arc is that of the hungry young lion aspiring to the throne; the second arc is what the lion does once he gains the crown. In this lesson we will focus on the first arc.

Ric Flair becomes NWA World Champion (September 17, 1981)

Reaching the top of any competitive field takes immense sacrifice and commitment. To be the best, a competitor must measure up against the cream of the crop. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and there’s a reason no one remembers runner-ups.

Ric Flair understood that in order to achieve the pinnacle and become the king of professional wrestling, he needed to set his sights at the top. Having established himself as a strong performer in the mid-70s, Flair began calling himself “Nature Boy” to incite a feud with Buddy Rogers, the original Nature Boy. Once he beat Buddy Rogers in 1978, it propelled Flair to new heights, which culminated with him winning his first NWA World Championship in 1981 over the late great Dusty Rhodes.

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