Mikey Musumeci often felt like the odd one out – moving between schools and Jiu-Jitsu academies as a kid and teenager…
Looking back, though, he understands how those experiences shaped him.
Here’s what he had to share in an interview with the ONE Championship:
I used to be so afraid of being uncomfortable. I used to be horrified of it.
But then when you get older, you realize that the second you stop making yourself uncomfortable is the second you stop living, so I don’t run away from it anymore.
Me as a kid moving around a lot, it definitely made me more comfortable.
Because maybe it was a new place, maybe it was a new state, maybe it was a new group of people I never knew…
But the second you started training with them, you instantly feel at home. Everyone’s connected with Jiu-Jitsu.
Nowadays, “Darth Rigatoni” is the one offering advice to those feeling out of place.
He believes that growth comes from discomfort – as by embracing it, people can evolve.