Most readers probably are familiar with that inspirational acronym above representing One Warrior Nation. It was originally used as a pun to detract away from the NWO or New World Order of WCW days. Warrior decided to reverse their acronym and yet OWN still is used today with his fans.
Let’s take a look at many of the wrestling acronyms: WWE, (formally WWF and before that WWWF) WCW,( formally WCCW) NWA, AWA, CWA, TNA, GCW,( back then) NWC, ECW, and AEW. There was even the UWF among so many others. Feel free to Google any of those on your own. Wow, that’s a lot! Many sports teams use them as well with the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, or MMA and so forth. Of course I can list lots of business acronyms associated with logos including T.V. networks but am sure you get the idea. The World Wide Web or www started the internet search which millions use everyday.
Another one of Warrior’s acronyms I loved was Words of Wisdom or W.O.W. He used that to convey his thoughts thru numerous quotes, famous statements from others, and his own brand of speech. Do you have an acronym or are you following any? What I mean is not just listing names but ones that make you feel a certain way or think differently. Fans keep O.W.N. alive because it means something to them and not just because its founder passed. Sure, some are just a fun play on words but for me, they need to truly stand for something. Many of us just don’t create our original or unique acronym to live by but we can come up with ideas that motivate us.
It can be interesting to see what comes up in your OWN mind if you feel the need to try. Use an acronym relevant to the life you are living and make it stick. One that I’ve read is: FEAR. False Evidence Appearing Real. You can change this around of course but fear does tend to hold us back sometimes. The Ultimate Warrior even said: “Fear is an aberration…” That acronym may work for you when facing a major obstacle in your life. Look around for sayings, quotes, or anything similar. Sometimes, they just pop out when you least expect them to. Maybe they spell something or maybe not but hopefully, you’ll remember. WHY? Because it jumped from that top rope and pinned you down.
Is there an acronym that best describes you? Imagine one for yourself as a pick me up. We all could use more positivity and self-love. It isn’t being boastful to give your life some confidence. When I was in 8th grade, one teacher made an acrostic poem for each graduate. This is kinda similar to an acronym only with descriptions or personality traits. I seem to remember: K=kind, A=artistic or athletic, T= thoughtful, H= helpful, and Y= youthful. They would be vertical down the page. It’s not the same but oh so nice and again- it stuck with me.
Just like with O.W.N. We recall because of our feelings towards a thought or subject. Am sure this is true for all of you as well when knowing certain acronyms. Letters can be no big deal but when tag teamed with FEELING, it changes the whole meaning. Did Warrior really know how much fans would be influenced by his creation of One Warrior Nation? Probably not but like last month- it does impact us in ways we may not know then.
They are used all the time to make a statement and maybe not just a connection to any organization. The brain has a way of recognizing abbreviations, acronyms, and anything in between because it’s easier to see. It’s like when you’re reading bold print, italics, or even alliteration which Warrior also used much. He talked always about standing out and how to do it. The man totally succeeded with his life and didn’t need all those ways with words but us fans got it anyway.
So, warriors- try out a few acronyms in your life and see how they make you feel. The brain remembers because it affects you and not just always of being robotic. You can have your own way of taking an acronym and using it as inspiration. Look to some great writers or thinkers and see what they’ve done. Warrior was such an innovator with words and it showed in all that he did. The words came a long way from being a farm boy in Indiana! It also helped that his wife was a journalism major (: Warrior didn’t necessarily need to expound on speech but without belief, it all means nothing. We can educate others while in turn educating ourselves.
Use personal acronyms that mean something to you and not just because someone else invented them. Believe in the Feeling and not just the letters. O.W.N. is more than that then, now, and always. 💙☺️👏🏻💪🏻🙋🏻♀️
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