3 Ways to Become the Greatest at Whatever You Do

May 25th, 1965. Ali vs. Liston. First Minute. First Round.

Over the weekend, the world lost a great leader, fighter and poet. Although Ali has left this world, he didn’t leave without giving us tips of how we can become great, too.


“I am the greatest, I said that before I knew I was…” — Ali

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe first said it best centuries ago, “Before you can do something, you must first be something.” It always starts with us, first. An inward healthy mindset creates a outwardly healthy view on the world. If you currently have nothing to showcase, this is the perfect opportunity to start!


“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses…behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights…” — Ali

“Suckitupitude.” As Amanda Enayati said it best in “How to manage Stress and Overcome Anxiety” on an episode of School of Greatness by Lewis Howes. There are a maximum of 12 rounds consisting of 3 minutes in a boxing match. This means the bright lights last a total of…36 minutes. A fighter will begin training for their match at least 6 months prior. 36 out of 262,800 minutes are spent training, preparing and studying for the moment. If you think your big moment has yet to arrive, it’s probably because you need more training.


“There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win…” — Ali

No one throws a better right hook than life…and it never feels good, but you have a choice: keep taking life’s punches or start fighting back. This can be the hardest step as the first thing you may look to do is find someone who can fight the match for you. Spoiler Alert: They are probably busy fighting life, too.

As much as you may believe and even train, there will be times life will still land it’s punches (and they will hurt, too). Your job is to learn from each fight to become an even better fighter. When the fight gets difficult, seek out coaches like Alejandro Inarritu who reminds you, “As long as you can still grab a breathe, you fight.”

You can become the greatest at whatever you do…believe, train and get ready to rumble.

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