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Cam F Awesome - Don’t Stop Chasing You’re Dream
4th November 2022 • My Worst Investment Ever Podcast • Andrew Stotz
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BIO: Cam F Awesome is a multi-time National Champion Heavyweight Olympic boxer and former USA National Boxing Team Captain.

STORY: Cam invested so much time and effort chasing his dream of going to the Olympics. An avalanche of events stole this dream from him, and now he doesn’t stand a chance of ever going to the Olympics.

LEARNING: There are ups and downs in investing. Persevere and be willing to pivot.


“Just because the goal looks a little different in reality doesn’t mean you should stop chasing it.”
Cam F Awesome


Guest profile

Cam F Awesome is a multi-time National Champion Heavyweight Olympic boxer and former Captain of the USA National Boxing Team. After retiring as the Winningest Boxer in US history, Cam hung up the gloves and picked up a microphone as a Motivational Speaker, Diversity Consultant, Event MC, and Standup Comic.

Worst investment ever

Cam’s goal had always been to go to the Olympics. Unfortunately, in 2016 he lost in the finals on a split decision and didn’t get to go to Rio for the Olympics.

After that, Cam bought a van because he now had to build a career for himself. He started traveling around the country, speaking at schools, and training for the next Olympics. After he’d built a nice business for himself, the US Olympic Committee told him they wouldn’t allow him to box now that he had a speaking business. So he had to give up boxing or his speaking business.

So Cam flew to Trinidad and Tobago (his dad’s home country), got dual citizenship, did one of their Olympic trials, and qualified. But he got suspended.

Then in 2020, Cam again won the Olympic trials, and then COVID happened. Then April of this year, he woke up with a detached retina and was told he could never box again. And just like that, his dream of going to the Olympics was dimmed.

Lessons learned

  • There are ups and downs in investing. And if you can just, if you’re willing to ride out the down long enough, you can least come back up to at least break even.
  • When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Andrew’s takeaways

  • You’ve got to persevere.
  • Be willing to pivot.
  • Set your dreams and your goals.
  • Sometimes, what you set as your goal or dream is not what you’re going to get. But what you’re going to get along the way is really what life’s all about.

Actionable advice

If you have no dependents, take bigger risks. Put all those eggs in the basket. Even if the basket drops, the experience you’d learn will give you more success.

Cam’s recommended resources

Cam recommends going to the public library for free access to thousands of books.

No.1 goal for the next 12 months

Cam’s number one goal for the next 12 months is to make motivational humor a more well-known thing.

Parting words


“If you can fail without being discouraged, success is inevitable.”
Cam F Awesome


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