UFC CEO Dana White shared quite a bit of his personal story, in a recent interview with Piers Morgan.
Aside from discussing the recent passing of his parents, June and Dana White Sr., he emphasized the fundamental role parenthood plays in shaping a person’s legacy.
White opened up on the importance of being a father:
Everybody’s always asking about legacy, your legacy. What you did for a living isn’t your legacy.
Your legacy is your children and their children and, you know, how they feel about you.
Listen, we all make mistakes, and we all fail in life at many different things.
My opinion is, the one thing that you can’t fail is being a parent. It’s the ultimate failure.
He described his own upbringing as challenging, but necessary:
I wouldn’t change one thing about the way that I was brought up because I truly believe that had I not had them as parents, had I not had the upbringing that I did have, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
White concluded by pointing to the importance children play in his life:
The only thing I care about is how my kids remember me and what they think when I’m gone.
All this other stuff means nothing to me.
I’m very fortunate that I get to do what I love to do every day and I still am very passionate about it.
But, at the end of the day, it’s all about how I was as a father and what my kids think.