Ego Friendly Interview with Dmitriy SalitaSeptember 17th
Ego Friendly: As a successful and hard working athlete how do you actualize your dreams?
Dmitriy Salita: I actualize my dreams by staying focused on my goals. There are difficulties on the road to success, I have to stay motivated and believe in my talent and work hard through the difficulties that can come my way.
EF: What are the greatest obstacles you have faced in doing this?
DS: I had many obstacles in my career. I had the challenge of staying with boxing when my mother passed away; that was the greatest challenge. As I progressed in my career I had difficulties in getting fights I wanted and did not have the opportunity to be as active as I wanted. I always believed, through all my difficulties, that my time would come- I just had to work hard and do my best to make the right possibilities happen.
EF: When facing an opponent do you just start and let the rhythm “find” itself or do you plan meticulously to “discover” what you want to do?
DS: My success as a boxer comes from my rhythm, when I am in peak shape the rhythm finds itself and I am ready to execute my fight plan.,
EF: What is your overall goal, as a person in the spotlight?
DS: I believe that people have to believe and purse their dreams through hard work.
EF: What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done, as a boxer or “just” as a person?
DS: The most courageous thing that I have done was to decide not to fight on the Sabbath as an amateur in the US championships. The schedule was never changed before; I was close to being disqualified. All though I won the US championships I had to stay home for the world cup because of my decision. I feel that keeping to my decision helped promote social change for my people. I immigrated to America when I was 9 years old and I believe in the American dream and have worked very hard to achieve it.
EF: How do you decide that something is “finished”?
DS: Something is finished, usually, when the the goal set is accomplished. It’s really a personal feeling for the person to decide when something is finished.
EF: What do you think is the most important part of your training?
DS: Staying focused and being able to handle discomfort and pain that comes with hard work.
EF: Please share your favorite bit of wisdom (learned or heard) with us?
DS: ”Who is the strongest person in the world? He who can control himself.” – Ethics of Our Fathers
EF: When it comes to knowledge, which do you feel is stronger, learned wisdom or inherent sense?
DS: I think both are important, but wisdom comes from experience. There is no substitute for experience.
EF: Are you able to look past this next fight and plan for your future or is it one step at a time?
DS: I have short and long term plans, it is one step at a time but the bigger picture is what keeps me focused and working hard.