It felt dishonest to call this article "The best advice Rickson ever got," as he's about to tell you. But it did originate from a question from a reader who was looking to extract that relic from the master's memory. A noble attempt indeed.
Here's what Rickson Gracie had to say about baking decades of stellar advice into the cake that is a victorious life:
"The best advice I ever got? Must come from my dad. Let me just think a little bit. I think... The best advice I ever got. That's a good question, because I actually have to search for an answer.
"That's a good question, because I feel like it's not exactly one advice; it's not one moment for me to remind me in a special situation. I feel like being intelligent makes you able to capture everything that brings you advantage, everything which can allow you to grow—spiritually, mentally or physically.
"In my life, I received so many good advices in terms of how to eat properly, how to put myself in terms of facing the problems. So I have advices in the mental aspect, in the spiritual aspect, how I have to accept death in my life, how I have to eat properly, how I have to be able to capitalize on my opponent's mistakes.
"So, all those elements... I can have great advice on the physical aspect, on the mental aspect, emotional and spiritual aspect. So I basically have many good advices and I capture all of them. I cannot relate myself to one special advice that makes the difference in my life."