5 Lessons from Muhammad Ali… #RIP :’(
Sadly on June 3rd 2016, the greatest of all time passed away. When I woke up the next day, I saw Ali had been trending on both Facebook, Twitter and his face was all over my Instagram feed. That is when I noticed the hash tag… #RIPAli :’(
Now I truly believe that in every tragedy in life, there are lessons to be learnt and if we don’t at least consider what these lessons are then I feel it is a missed opportunity. That is just my philosophy. Based on that premise then and with such a great icon leaving us, I believe that even more so we should consider when lessons we can learn that Ali has directly or indirectly taught us during his life time…
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” (Muhammad Ali)
Muhammad Ali was famously known for his impenetrable confidence. As 50 cent said, people may mistake your confidence for arrogance, but if you are not confident in the endeavours you pursue, how can others have faith in you? This confidence acts almost as a teammate for you, giving you double the power and drive. Besides, when* you can back it up, as Ali said it is not bragging.
- notice I said “when” and not “if” #Confidence!
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” (Muhammad Ali)
Many a times in life, people hesitate from taking particular action because they are scared. They are scared of the risks associated with doing that particular thing. But what you need to understand is that risks are everywhere around us, it is like oxygen, you cannot avoid risk. When you cross the road every day, there is a risk a car could hit you. When you wake up in the morning, there is a risk you can slip on the floor. You may laugh, but it is true, they are still risks. If you really want to avoid risk, go live in a corner of a padded cell and I’m sure you will be safe there. But that is no life is it… So when you understand that everything has a risk associated with it, it makes you realise that if you want to do something, you might as well do it!
“I know you got him, I know you got him picked, but the mans in trouble, I’m a show you how great I am!” (Muhammad Ali)
If you’re like me, often you may have been considered the underdog or the odds were stacked against you… Just like Ali before he was to fight George Foreman, everyone expected George to win, as he was the undefeated world heavyweight champion. However Ali won by knockout… So whenever the odds are stacked against you, whenever people have no faith in you, you must never lose faith in yourself and tell them “I’m a show you how great I am!”.
“I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what?” (Muhammad Ali)
This one here is so so so powerful… let me ask you a question, if you had a chose between going to prison or going against your belief, what would you choose? I’m guessing a large majority of people would be like “No way, I’m not going to prison, f**k that!” and that is the problem. Too many of us sell ourselves out by going against out true inner beliefs and following the masses. If you can’t stay true to yourself, how do you expect others to stay true to you?? You have been blessed to have certain beliefs, so stick with them! Don’t worry about what others think…
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” (Muhammad Ali)
Finally, but probably most importantly, we have to remember the concept of delayed gratification. Although we may not like or enjoy what is happening right now, we must look at the bigger picture and remember what we are grinding for. The process is more important than the destination. If we simply skipped the process and jumped straight to the destination we wouldn’t enjoy it as much, the victory wouldn’t be as sweet. So because we have been grinding, because we have been busting our asses, although we may not like it, when we get to the finish line, we know we deserve it and no one can take that feeling away from us.
Thank you for reading, I now hope you too can learn and take some lessons that Muhammad Ali kindly bestowed upon us. One last thing, I recorded a Spoken Word dedicated to the great man the day after I found out about his passing. Have a watch on the link below and if you would like to connect with me, my contact details are below too.
Muhammad Ali Spoken Word
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