4 Unforgettable Lessons from #Muhammad Ali

The American Heavy Weight Boxing champion who ruled the rings and wowed his fans was no doubt an exceptional individual. By the time he was hanging his gloves many of us were either not yet born or were still in their nappies…diapers came soon after the Bold & the Beautiful.

However, his fame, enthusiasm and passion have inspired us for years and will continue to inspire countless generations. Here are my personal picks from the life and times of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

[1] Sometimes You Stumble on Your Destiny:

It’s interesting to learn how Ali began his boxing career, it was triggered by an even where as a teenager a bully forcefully took away his bicycle. He vowed to revenge and began to learn boxing as his tool. Soon he found a trainer and got too good at it wining an Olympic Gold medal before his twenties.

[2] Opportunity Meets Preparation:

Ali was known to mercilessly exert himself in the training as he is oftenly quoted
‘I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

Every fight however small or great found him thoroughly prepared and thoroughly enthusiastic, and whenever he hit the ring, he always hit the bullseye.

[3] Overpromise and Overdeliver:

Ali was a famous big mouth, but unlike a big mouth African politician, he talked big and delivered big. He talked the talk louder that everyone and matched it with walking the walk swifter than everyone.

He set bar higher than expected and still soared over and above the elevated bar. He matched his words with substance, he said what he meant, and meant what he said.
He taunted then floored his opponent. Here’s a well known qoute:
” I’ve wrestled with alligators, I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning And throw thunder in jail. You know I’m bad. just last week, I murdered a rock, Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”

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[4] Find a Greater Purpose Than Mere Success:

The greatest boxer with a lustrous career and many accolades on his name soon discovered that there was more to life than success, fame and medals. He became a civil rights crusader and risked his freedom and career when he refused enrollment in to the army to fight in the Vietnam War. He made an unforgettable statement when he threw his Olympic Gold medal into Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a “whites-only” restaurant. In his own words on Vietnam War:
” Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

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