• John Panepinto

5 Life Principles From Vinny Cappuccitti On Discipline, Good Habits, & Growth

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

What's up guys! John here - back with a special spotlight interview. Today's feature comes from the world of boxing!

For me in particular, boxing was my first true passion in life. It was something I dived into headfirst when I was 9 years old - and to this day is still an area I always prioritize.

It's one of the areas where I got my discipline, focus, and work ethic from.

The world of boxing and combat sports is one of the best fields you can look to, if you want to learn strong fundamentals for life. Particularly, what having discipline, mental toughness, and a strong character is all about.

You can learn so much from a professional boxer and their mindset.

Today’s feature - Vinny Cappuccitti - is a professional boxing head coach, personal trainer, and boxing connoisseur - and is someone who I believe is a great role-model for the young people of today. His actions demonstrate exactly what it means to be disciplined, to be growth-oriented, and to have a strong character.

Introducing Vinny Cappuccitti:

Vinny Cappuccitti is the owner, professional head boxing coach, and personal trainer at Westend AC - (follow him on IG: @thevinnycapp).

Vinny began boxing at the age of 5 years old, and to this day, has seen the craft through to the highest of levels. He's competed in several bouts, and today he coaches both amateur and professional boxers out of West End AC (he has also helped to train with professional boxer, Steve Rolls, who fought against GGG at Madison Square Garden!).

One of the first things I picked up about Vinny, is that he practises what he preaches. He’s up at 5am to train most mornings, he’s giving back and helping others regularly, and he’s dedicated to his craft and strives to be his very best at it.

I reached out to Vinny this past January to be our next spotlight interview - as I felt he would be a great source of wisdom for the young people of today who may need guidance/advice on what to do, to make things happen in today’s world.

So, without further ado, here’s what Vinny Cappuccitti had to say.

5 Life Principles From Vinny Cappuccitti:

Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a young person of today’s world who may be lost, or may be on the wrong path, but is actively looking to find their way and make something of themselves?

This is very important for not only kids of today but for myself and my generation. The key is to not be too hard on yourself.

Don’t compare yourself to other people. Today’s society is based on lies and illusions.

People, not only kids, fall victim to this very easily - myself being one.

Focus on yourself, become 1% better everyday and be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

But most importantly be proud and walk with your head held high!

Q: What was the one breakthrough you made, that started your ‘upward spiral’ in finding your path in life?

The one habit that I discovered that has helped me in my success is that- you are the sum of your habits and patterns.

We are created entirely out of our habits and patterns.

When you can understand this, you will be in better control of your life and your outcomes in all areas - simply by controlling your habits and patterns.

Q: What principles do you live by that keep you on your path?

My principles are simple. I found the more complicated I make these the harder my life is.

  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words - is my go to.

  • Just Show Up.

  • Do What You Say You’re Going To Do. If You Can’t, Be Accountable.

  • Discipline Is Key.

  • Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself.

  • Pay Attention To Everything, Including Small Details.

  • Think Before You Speak.

  • Understand Others and Their Situations.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration or “fuel” from to pursue your purpose and your passion?

This can be tricky because if I rely too much on other people or external factors for motivation, I can fall victim to comparing myself to them and get down on myself for thinking I’m not where I need to be.

Inspiration/fuel needs to come from within.

So I imagine feelings. I recall feelings or times in my life how I felt when I was at my best and the feeling of satisfaction and gratification it brought me.

Then I use visualization of how my life would be if I can live in those feelings of certainty and accomplishment consistently as possible.

From there I create bit by bit how I want my future to look.

Patience is key for this one.

It may take a day, it may take a lifetime.

Just know you’re getting there. Just know you’re on the right path.

Q: What do you want to be remembered for when it is all said and done?

Legacy is something that I’m always thinking about and when I do, it’s very scary.

I have huge shoes to fill given my family history and what has been left before me.

For me , legacy is what it’s all about. No matter where I go or my family or my children go in this world or this lifetime ... they can walk with their head held high.

My family’s reputation is well known for helping and giving back to people and I plan on continuing this.

If I can help one person live a better life than some of my best or worse times , then I consider things a success.

When it’s all said and done I want to be known as someone who leaves you feeling warm and invited. You feel inspired, motivated.

I want people to know that life is as good as you want it to be, you have that ability to create it.

When it’s all said and done , I want to be respected and loved by all of those I come in contact with.

I want people to say “I’m friends with Vinny Cappuccitti” or “those Cappuccitti’s are great people”.

Summary - Key Takeaways:

It was so great having Vinny on! His wisdom from real life experiences, triumph, and hard work shines through. Vinny is a huge inspiration, and he continues to practise what he preaches day in, day out.

As our society begins to get more and more comfortable, I believe it is extremely important that we keep our minds strong through deliberately leaning into physical endeavours and ‘struggle’, so to speak. Boxing and combat sports is one of the best ways to do so.

My Biggest Takeaways From Vinny:

  • Don’t Compare Yourself To Others, Compare Yourself To Who You Were Yesterday

  • You Are The Sum Of Your Habits & Patterns

  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  • Draw Inspiration From ‘What Could Be’ Your Future

  • Be Patient, and Focus On The Process

Where To Find Vinny Cappucitti:

If you’ve gotten something valuable from this (as I’m sure you have) - go support Vinny and his mission by:

Take care, guys!

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