Life Will Punch In The Face: Here Are 5 Steps To Turn A KO Into An OK

3. Stop Blaming Luck

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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6 min readJan 24, 2022


“Everybody has a plan until they get punched on the face.”

–Mike Tyson

When was the last time you were KO?

Are you building resilience in your life?

Are you feeling OK today?

I woke up. I was lost. How long has it been?

I did not remember anything before the event.

It was like everything was wiped out of my head.

It lasted like hours for me.

I was maybe 8 years old. I was in the streets of Dakar, Senegal.

It was summer. We are not used to going elsewhere during summer.

We just use the streets as our playfield.

That day, we were playing soccer on the main street of our neighborhood.

The thing is that it is the same street for cars.

I was knocked out by a cab that rendered me unconscious for a couple of minutes.

Reflecting on it now, I see it is not such a big deal. Yet then, that could have been worse.

That moment was the closest to a Knock-Out (KO) I have ever been in my life.

Well, that is if we are talking about physical KO.

Mentally, like all of us, I have been suffering many KOs.

Each day, before the sunset, we are legions being KOed by life.

Each night, before sunrise, life awaits us at the corner to get us cornered.

Like death, KOs are part of the life experience.

Contrary to wealth and opportunities, KOs are evenly distributed worldwide.

In this article, we will learn 5 steps to recover from a KO and get back to our feet.

When life stings our beings, we have to fight and not fly while dancing to the universe’s music.

Here are the 5 simple steps to transform a KO into an OK:

  1. Study our setbacks,
  2. Be our own constructive critic,



Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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