MUHAMMED ALI was, perhaps, one of the best teachers of self belief in our time.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
In 1964, Ali beat Sonny Liston to win his first world title and became the first boxer to claim a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.
He retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights.
Even today, whenever any of us hear “The Greatest”, we immediately think of Muhammed Ali.
Google some of his quotes and you’ll be left buzzing with that sense of self belief and determination that Ali instilled like no other. We ‘know’ Ali was The Greatest because he told us that… and none of us questioned it.
It’s the kind of sheer brilliance we can all learn from. Today, motivational greats cite Ali regularly. You’ll hear Brad Burton speak of Ali in his keynotes, reminding us that we all think of the boxer as being The Greatest in spite of his five losses. And it’s true. If any one of us believed in ourselves as much as Ali believed in himself, how much might we achieve?
Thank you for the teachings, Muhammed. May you float like a butterfly, wherever you are, while the rest of us down here feel your departure sting like a bee.
Muhammed Ali: 1942-2016. The Greatest.