The thing with legends is that they leave quite a legacy when they’re gone and Muhammad Ali is the paradigm of exactly that.
He’s often referred to as The Greatest, The Champion, The G.O.A.T. and for very valid reasons – he was outstanding in the ring and quite prolific outside of it. What’s more, however, is the enlightenment he shed throughout his career. Here’s a tribute to the Champ and a reminder for the rest of us…
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
(The hard work required at the start of any endeavor is quite a suffering. Struggle now and reap the benefits later.)
(Productivity is key. It doesn’t matter what lies ahead, what’s important is what you’re doing now.)
I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.
(Suffering (hard work) is the root of success. Nothing good ever comes easy.)
(And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Believe in yourself.)
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
(Everyone is made for something, but you don’t need to be something to everyone. Just be everything to someone.)
(It always feels impossible until it’s done… It’s possible, remember that.)
I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
(Don’t live your life trying to please everyone. Your only obligation in life is to be true to yourself.)