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Jordan Burroughs

Husband. Dad. 4x World Champion. Olympic Gold Medalist. 2x Olympian. You are now watching history in the making.

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  • When I won my first World Championship in 2011, I was 23 years old and ready to take on the world.

I had a chip on my shoulder. I would wrestle hard because I thought that my opponents were better than me. I didn’t think I had the skills to compete with them, so I took a lot more risks. I had to wrestle hard, wear them down, and eventually score to win. I relied on my toughness -- my grit -- my willingness to take my opponents into uncomfortable territory and break them.

And with that came the wins. And the glory. And the praise. And then the comfort.

As I got older and my skills began to improve, I started to take less risks. I thought I was better than my opponents, so I didn’t wrestle as hard anymore. I started to play the game. I relied on my technique and not on my heart. I wanted it to be easy.

I was wrestling to protect something. With that protection came a fear of failure, and then came the losses.

I thought that since I’d won so much that my opponents would lay down for me. I thought that because I’d become better the rest of the world hadn’t. It was actually the opposite. My competition was training harder to beat me. They wrestled harder, too. They gave me their best shot every single time.

As I sit back to reflect, I realize that it’s not always the most skilled competitor who wins, but the hungriest. Because hungry lions hunt best.

Nine years in and I’m still one of the best in the world. Sure, I’m older. But I’m not any slower. I had just forgotten what it’s like to be the hunter.

I won’t forget again. Stay hungry my friends. - JB 📸 @mattnager
  • When I won my first World Championship in 2011, I was 23 years old and ready to take on the world.

    I had a chip on my shoulder. I would wrestle hard because I thought that my opponents were better than me. I didn’t think I had the skills to compete with them, so I took a lot more risks. I had to wrestle hard, wear them down, and eventually score to win. I relied on my toughness -- my grit -- my willingness to take my opponents into uncomfortable territory and break them.

    And with that came the wins. And the glory. And the praise. And then the comfort.

    As I got older and my skills began to improve, I started to take less risks. I thought I was better than my opponents, so I didn’t wrestle as hard anymore. I started to play the game. I relied on my technique and not on my heart. I wanted it to be easy.

    I was wrestling to protect something. With that protection came a fear of failure, and then came the losses.

    I thought that since I’d won so much that my opponents would lay down for me. I thought that because I’d become better the rest of the world hadn’t. It was actually the opposite. My competition was training harder to beat me. They wrestled harder, too. They gave me their best shot every single time.

    As I sit back to reflect, I realize that it’s not always the most skilled competitor who wins, but the hungriest. Because hungry lions hunt best.

    Nine years in and I’m still one of the best in the world. Sure, I’m older. But I’m not any slower. I had just forgotten what it’s like to be the hunter.

    I won’t forget again. Stay hungry my friends. - JB 📸 @mattnager
  •  57,053  725  14 March, 2019

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  • In this age of social media, do you ever feel like you spend most of your time watching other people live their best lives?

Spend a few minutes on Instagram and you’ll start to see what I mean. Our news feeds have become a real time highlight reel of our friends, family and the celebrities we admire most.

It started as a way to share our own lives with the world, but sometimes it feels like we do more scrolling than sharing.

Can I be honest with you? You wanna know why you haven’t reached your goals? Because you’re too busy watching other people reach theirs. This person just bought a new house, got engaged, got that new promotion, received a scholarship to college, traveled to a remote island, and it never stops…

I’ve realized that IG over promises and under delivers. Some of us come for the entertainment, and leave with the insecurity. At best you’re inspired, but at worst you start questioning your own value -- Am I doing enough? Why is everyone else’s life so cool? Why don’t I have more followers?

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking, “I need to do more.” -- post more stories, more photos, and be more engaging; be funnier, more charismatic, more provocative. Social media always calls for more, more, more.

But social media can also be a beautiful thing. My platform is extremely important to me. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share and impact thousands of people through my account. My hope is that when people come to my page, I can inspire them through the story of my life. I want to use my influence to make everyone feel empowered and encouraged, knowing that they are enough, and they too can live a life that they’re proud of.

Can I encourage you to be content right where God has you and to be hopeful that your best days are still ahead of you?

Let’s make an effort to unplug from time to time and live our own lives. Instead of just being consumers, let’s be creators. Stop being a spectator and get in the game! Because the best way to create content is to put our phones down and to live a life worth sharing.

You are special, and your life is worth living, not just scrolling. -JB 
#LivingOverScrolling 📸 @mattnager
  • In this age of social media, do you ever feel like you spend most of your time watching other people live their best lives?

    Spend a few minutes on Instagram and you’ll start to see what I mean. Our news feeds have become a real time highlight reel of our friends, family and the celebrities we admire most.

    It started as a way to share our own lives with the world, but sometimes it feels like we do more scrolling than sharing.

    Can I be honest with you? You wanna know why you haven’t reached your goals? Because you’re too busy watching other people reach theirs. This person just bought a new house, got engaged, got that new promotion, received a scholarship to college, traveled to a remote island, and it never stops…

    I’ve realized that IG over promises and under delivers. Some of us come for the entertainment, and leave with the insecurity. At best you’re inspired, but at worst you start questioning your own value -- Am I doing enough? Why is everyone else’s life so cool? Why don’t I have more followers?

    It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking, “I need to do more.” -- post more stories, more photos, and be more engaging; be funnier, more charismatic, more provocative. Social media always calls for more, more, more.

    But social media can also be a beautiful thing. My platform is extremely important to me. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share and impact thousands of people through my account. My hope is that when people come to my page, I can inspire them through the story of my life. I want to use my influence to make everyone feel empowered and encouraged, knowing that they are enough, and they too can live a life that they’re proud of.

    Can I encourage you to be content right where God has you and to be hopeful that your best days are still ahead of you?

    Let’s make an effort to unplug from time to time and live our own lives. Instead of just being consumers, let’s be creators. Stop being a spectator and get in the game! Because the best way to create content is to put our phones down and to live a life worth sharing.

    You are special, and your life is worth living, not just scrolling. -JB
    #LivingOverScrolling 📸 @mattnager
  •  27,419  297  11 March, 2019
  • I won Most Outstanding Wrestler in Men’s Freestyle! This is @tkach_yuliya She is a World Champion and 4x Medalist from Ukraine. She was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in Women’s Freestyle! Congratulations and nice to meet you! 🇺🇦🇺🇸
  • I won Most Outstanding Wrestler in Men’s Freestyle! This is @tkach_yuliya She is a World Champion and 4x Medalist from Ukraine. She was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in Women’s Freestyle! Congratulations and nice to meet you! 🇺🇦🇺🇸
  •  38,275  184  4 March, 2019

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  • I never get tired of these moments, but my perspective has changed significantly. As a young man standing atop the podium, I used to think, damn look how good I am to have gotten here. Now I think, damn look how good the people around me are to have helped me get back here. This journey has only become harder with time, and what you don’t see on Instagram is the complete team effort necessary for these small triumphs to take place. This tournament win has taken months of working diligently, and not just from me. My wrestling coaches, strength training coach, my beautiful wife, selfless teammates, sponsors, and even encouraging texts from friends have all helped me tremendously. I’m so thankful for you all. The only thing I’m responsible for is my attitude and effort. Everything else is a blessing. In the midst of struggle, you guys are all there to reassure and refine me. Better man. Better athlete. Gold never gets old. -JB
  • I never get tired of these moments, but my perspective has changed significantly. As a young man standing atop the podium, I used to think, damn look how good I am to have gotten here. Now I think, damn look how good the people around me are to have helped me get back here. This journey has only become harder with time, and what you don’t see on Instagram is the complete team effort necessary for these small triumphs to take place. This tournament win has taken months of working diligently, and not just from me. My wrestling coaches, strength training coach, my beautiful wife, selfless teammates, sponsors, and even encouraging texts from friends have all helped me tremendously. I’m so thankful for you all. The only thing I’m responsible for is my attitude and effort. Everything else is a blessing. In the midst of struggle, you guys are all there to reassure and refine me. Better man. Better athlete. Gold never gets old. -JB
  •  69,295  911  3 March, 2019
  • Today’s the day! Dan Kolov Finals for a chance at gold. 6 minutes of consistent effort. I can’t promise victory, but I can promise that I will give my best. -JB
  • Today’s the day! Dan Kolov Finals for a chance at gold. 6 minutes of consistent effort. I can’t promise victory, but I can promise that I will give my best. -JB
  •  35,093  349  2 March, 2019
  • It’s a Jordan thing! Me and JO headed to the finals tomorrow! #DanKolov2019
  • It’s a Jordan thing! Me and JO headed to the finals tomorrow! #DanKolov2019
  •  39,276  169  1 March, 2019

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  • Great morning session. Moving on to the semifinals! Check out some highlights from my big second round match vs. Chamizo!
  • Great morning session. Moving on to the semifinals! Check out some highlights from my big second round match vs. Chamizo!
  •  55,350  808  1 March, 2019
  • I’m back! Mentally locked in and ready to give 100% this weekend. May the best man win. -JB 📸 @tony_rotundo_wrestling
  • I’m back! Mentally locked in and ready to give 100% this weekend. May the best man win. -JB 📸 @tony_rotundo_wrestling
  •  51,096  332  1 March, 2019
  • I'm excited to join Team HowUdish alongside other amazing athletes. @HowUdish is a top food app that helps you find nearby dishes that fit your nutritional lifestyle. Join the community and find out what I eat to stay in top performing shape. #DishLikeAPro is changing the way we eat on the go! Download the app for free today! Link in Bio. #ad
  • I'm excited to join Team HowUdish alongside other amazing athletes. @HowUdish is a top food app that helps you find nearby dishes that fit your nutritional lifestyle. Join the community and find out what I eat to stay in top performing shape. #DishLikeAPro is changing the way we eat on the go! Download the app for free today! Link in Bio. #ad
  •  5,528  56  28 February, 2019
  • "Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape.”
It can’t be said enough — life is less about what happens to you and more about how you respond to it. I’m en route to my first competition of the year, the Dom Kolov, which is being hosted in Ruse, Bulgaria. The last three days have been an absolute blur. I left home Sunday evening, and I still have yet to arrive to my destination. We’ve been delayed, missed connecting flights, been stuck overnight in Chicago, had our bags lost, waited on five hour layovers, and still have more than an hour drive to our hotel. Did I mention that besides running through the airport in a failed attempt to catch a plane, I haven’t been able to work out? My bags won’t arrive until midnight so my first exercise when we finally do arrive will be in someone else’s gear. It’s been rough, but the one thing I can control is my attitude. Regardless of circumstance, I choose to stay focused. I came here to compete, and to win. Maintaining that mindset has helped me make it through this crazy journey without being distracted. Don’t let hurdles take your eyes off the finish line. Your success depends on your ability to give your best even when the environment is unfavorable. 
Can’t change your circumstances? Change your attitude. What obstacle are you experiencing in your life that could use a shift in perspective? -JB 📸 @auskoo
  • "Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape.”
    It can’t be said enough — life is less about what happens to you and more about how you respond to it. I’m en route to my first competition of the year, the Dom Kolov, which is being hosted in Ruse, Bulgaria. The last three days have been an absolute blur. I left home Sunday evening, and I still have yet to arrive to my destination. We’ve been delayed, missed connecting flights, been stuck overnight in Chicago, had our bags lost, waited on five hour layovers, and still have more than an hour drive to our hotel. Did I mention that besides running through the airport in a failed attempt to catch a plane, I haven’t been able to work out? My bags won’t arrive until midnight so my first exercise when we finally do arrive will be in someone else’s gear. It’s been rough, but the one thing I can control is my attitude. Regardless of circumstance, I choose to stay focused. I came here to compete, and to win. Maintaining that mindset has helped me make it through this crazy journey without being distracted. Don’t let hurdles take your eyes off the finish line. Your success depends on your ability to give your best even when the environment is unfavorable. 
    Can’t change your circumstances? Change your attitude. What obstacle are you experiencing in your life that could use a shift in perspective? -JB 📸 @auskoo
  •  30,998  187  26 February, 2019
  • It had been over a year since I had last cut my hair. It was fun to grow and I really started to take pride in finally finding appreciation in my hair— long, curly and crazy. For years I was afraid to grow it, because I would be criticized. I was told it was nappy and wild, even by some of my own family members. I ignored it. But for the last 12 months I gave myself the chance to grow and fall in love with my hair in its untouched state. Today I finally decided it was time for a change. As a wrestler, it was very difficult to maintain my hair the way I desired to because of the constant training, sweating, and necessary washing. It was a difficult decision, but I’m glad I did. Take a look at the process. It took one year to grow and an hour to cut. 😯 Last note —  black men: be proud of your hair. No matter how you decide to style it, long or short, it is part of your identity. Never let the world define you or tell you how you should look. You define you. It was a fun journey for me and I hope you all find the same appreciation for self that I did in the process. -JB ✂️ by: @mtcuts
  • It had been over a year since I had last cut my hair. It was fun to grow and I really started to take pride in finally finding appreciation in my hair— long, curly and crazy. For years I was afraid to grow it, because I would be criticized. I was told it was nappy and wild, even by some of my own family members. I ignored it. But for the last 12 months I gave myself the chance to grow and fall in love with my hair in its untouched state. Today I finally decided it was time for a change. As a wrestler, it was very difficult to maintain my hair the way I desired to because of the constant training, sweating, and necessary washing. It was a difficult decision, but I’m glad I did. Take a look at the process. It took one year to grow and an hour to cut. 😯 Last note — black men: be proud of your hair. No matter how you decide to style it, long or short, it is part of your identity. Never let the world define you or tell you how you should look. You define you. It was a fun journey for me and I hope you all find the same appreciation for self that I did in the process. -JB ✂️ by: @mtcuts
  •  36,100  554  23 February, 2019
  • Headed to this year’s NCAA Wrestling Championships? My wife @lolo_nicole and I are hosting the first ever Kickoff Party (@kickoffparty) on Wednesday night! Come join us the night before the tourney begins to help celebrate the greatest weekend in wrestling. Link in bio for tickets and more information! 🎉 @kickoffparty
  • Headed to this year’s NCAA Wrestling Championships? My wife @lolo_nicole and I are hosting the first ever Kickoff Party (@kickoffparty) on Wednesday night! Come join us the night before the tourney begins to help celebrate the greatest weekend in wrestling. Link in bio for tickets and more information! 🎉 @kickoffparty
  •  5,764  38  22 February, 2019