Three Lessons From Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is undeniably one of the greatest icon in boxing history. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of boxing there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of his name. “Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring” (1)

Although his life has ended just recently ended, his legacy on the other hand is certainly not forgotten. Let us celebrate his accomplishments and achievements and learn from this guy so I present to you the “Three Things We Must Learn From Muhammad Ali”

1. I am the greatest, I said that before I knew I was.

Muhammad dubbed himself as the greatest. He knew that for people to believe in him, he first must be sold on himself that he is in fact the greatest. I mean who would believe in you if you don’t even believe in yourself? Who would buy your ideas, products, or services if you are not even sold in what you can offer to the world?

I am confident that he had envisioned his future being known as the greatest. This is simply a matter of self confidence. That belief was so deep that he was able to express it to the whole world before anybody knew him. Well of course he had to back it up with actual results and he did.

This quote or should I say affirmation should be yours as well. He dreamed big and wanted to be the greatest. What I’m saying here is that so can you, and in order to do that you got to have a deep belief and faith in yourself first.

2. I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of you life as a champion.”’

When Muhammad claimed that he was the greatest, there was no doubt in my mind that people in his time resented this. This was an audacious act. Any one could say that they are the best, the fastest, the strongest, and the greatest with out any evidence. I mean this could be all talk but no action, and as well know that talk is cheap.

Of course he had to back it up with real results. Muhammad had the belief and was loudly expressing it to the whole world. That’s sounds good, but he knew reality. Success is produced by good habits (as it says on the First Scroll in the book I’m reading now “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino). With good training he developed good habits.

Success is beautiful but the road to success can be ugly. Muhammad practiced good boxing habits by training consistently. He hated every minute of it as he said, but he also knew that to be successful we have to do things that we are uncomfortable doing.

That means that you and I have to get out of our comfort zone. Listen everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. I heard somebody said once that the dreams of success is free, but the price isn’t. Success is to be paid for.

3.He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing life.

Muhammad’s career is not of a business profession, but he knew that he had to do things that he didn’t like to do. It completely relates to getting out of our comfort zone when it comes to achieving success. This statement couldn’t be more true in real life.

  • When it comes to investing in the stock market, you have to risk losing your hard earn money in return for a greater gain.
  • In baseball, when you hit the ball with the bat, you have to run out of the home base to go to the next plate and risk getting tagged four times just to score one point.
  • When selling your ideas, products or services, you have to risk the possibility of rejection in order to get what you want. This goes with asking a girl out or going for a job interview,

I also noticed that Muhammad used the word “courageous” because I think he believed sometimes that you have to take action in spite of fear. Being courageous is not being fearless, it is doing something while being afraid. So what are you afraid for?

Although Muhammad Ali was in the boxing career but, I believe that we can all use the principles he used to achieve greatness no matter where you are in life. So the three things we must learn from him is

1.Believe in yourself first 
2.Back it up with good habits
3.Be courageous to take action

Muhammad Ali has passed away, but as you can see from he lives. He was truly the greatest! Know this though, we all end up in the same place. We all will die and I’m not trying to have a somber party here, but maybe I can inspire you to go after what you really want in life. How he lived his life is vastly different from the not-so-great! Now ask your self what do you want to accomplish?


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