Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah, stand-up comedian, TV host and author of BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD:

“I used to box in South Africa. Not professionally, but I had a friend of mine who was a world champion and we used to box together.

And he used to punch me in the face.

And I used to get so angry.

And I would lose it, and I’d come flailing at him.

And one day he said, “Why are you so angry?”

And I said, “Because you punched me in the face.”

And he said, “That’s what we’re doing here.”

And he said, “When you step into this ring, surely you know that you’re going to get punched in the face?”

And I said, “I don’t like it.”

And he said, “No one likes getting punched in the face.”

He said, “But what you’ve got to do is acknowledge where you are. And once you go, “OK, I’m in a world where I’m going to get punched in the face. What can I do to mitigate that?”, you go practice blocking.

Think about how I can jab back.

And, most importantly, temper.

When you’re angry, you don’t see through the rage. You no longer think of how to get back.

And if you lose that, you lose every advantage you have.”