What differentiates an average athlete from a World Champion?

The Difference by Tyson Durfey

logosWalk with us through our breakdown of what it takes to have “Champion DNA”, featuring Tyson Durfey, 2016 NFR World Champion.

“You know, every day of my life adversity has chased me down; and you see for me, I’ve learned to expect adversity. I’ve learned to accept it into my daily life. Every single day I wake up and I know there are going to be hard times but the difference between me and the other people is that I’ve learned to confront adversity. I’ve learned how to get past adversity; and now on the other side looking back, I’m thankful that I learned that trait.”

Those words resonated deeply with us, and probably to any of those that have watched Tyson execute his dreams or known him as a person. In our video “The Difference” we aim to deliver inspiration to all of the rodeo athletes out there. These words, spoken steadily by Tyson, discuss four principles:

REMAINING GROUNDED: It doesn’t matter whether you are working on a ranch, riding trails or at the rodeo. Try to make any small difference in the world that you can, help your community, help those that cannot help themselves and stay humble.


COWBOY CORE: “There is the ranch heritage and the rodeo heritage,
 but at the end of the day we are all the same guy. We confront adversity, we have a code of ethics, when we shake someone’s hand it means something, when we tell them something that’s the way it’s going be and we never go back on it. To me, that’s what it means to be a Cowboy”. T.D


CONFRONT ADVERSITY: This means staring adversity directly in the face and saying, “Get out of my way because come hell or high water I’m going make it through.” It’s putting on your boots and standing tall even when you don’t feel like it.

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FAITH: Having faith means you trust and believe that everything happens just as it should, you have faith that it will always all work out in the end.

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Tyson bases his career as a high-performance athlete, how he lives his life, and how he interacts with others on those four principles.

We want to hear you, to know your story, to know your perspective of how to get past adversity!? And/or how you have gotten past adversity!? What’s your difference? What’s your truth? Please, send us an email with your story to or share in the comments below:

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