“As long as you see that, and really believe in it, that’s what’s going to happen.” —Conor McGregor

On December 12, 2015 at UFC 194, Conor McGregor became the new undisputed featherweight champion by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds! In doing so, he set the record for the fastest finish in UFC world title fight history. Keep in mind, Aldo was considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and hadn’t lost a fight in over ten years! McGregor, who’s known as much for his trash talk and insults as he is for his prizefighting, combines martial arts discipline and focus with a warrior spirit that has already made him a legend in UFC and popular culture. “Mystic Mac,” as he’s known in the game, now plans on moving up to Lightweight and fighting for the title–which, if he won, would place him in very elite company, as owning the belt in two separate divisions is indeed rare air.

But, how did McGregor go from a skinny kid in Ireland on the dole to MMA champion with the world in the palm of his hand? Well, in Conor’s own words, “Talent does not exist. We are all equals as human beings; you can be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

This philosophy has certainly paid off for Conor. And it begs the question: Are you working as hard on your dream to be an actor as Conor McGregor is working on his pugilism? If not, why not? What is stopping you from pushing your chips to the middle of the table, and laying down your bet? And just think if you did have the kind of obsessive work ethic that made “The Notorious One” a superstar; it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t at least yield significant results. Aren’t you curious to see what would happen if you really applied yourself? Classes, improve groups, networking, updating your online profile, auditioning, assembling a reel, acquiring new skills, positive visualizations are just a few of the things you could be doing right now to further your dream and actualize your goals. Get to it! Don’t wait. Now is your time!

As “The Celtic Tiger” himself puts it, “You must improvise, adapt, and overcome.” Now them’s fightin’ words!