Probably the most ‘arrogant’ athlete who has ever walked this earth. But as good as arrogant. Probably much better.
There is no need to talk about his life, from beginning to end. Many texts have already been published describing his development, his religious life, his refusal to enlist in the army and his shocking struggles in the ring. What we will do is present and compare the way he saw life with professional success, through his quotes.
In the book he wrote in 2004 entitled ‘The soul of a butterfly’ which is also his autobiography, Muhammad Ali had written: ‘If my mind can grasp it and my heart can believe it – then I can do it.’ There were no limits to Ali, who believed that the man who has no imagination, has not feathers. He knew very well that everything starts from there. Einstein had said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” He could imagine himself as the greatest boxer in the world. His mind caught it. His heart believed it. Crazy; Who knows. One thing is for sure. He worked as if he were already the best. He said he was the best before he was even. Without a doubt. Without letting anyone’s opinion influence him. The person who would say ‘sit down oh oh who you think you are’ would probably get a taste of his fist.
Ali showed the way to what should be your mentality if you want to succeed, even when you fail. According to him, failure is necessary. “Only a man who knows what it is like to fail can reach so deep into the bottom of his soul, and be thrown up with that extra force needed to win.” Failure. What most people are so afraid of, that they let her hold them in a seat belt, Ali hugged her. Failure. Why not. She needs it too. It will make you grow even bigger.
‘Do not count the days – make the days count.’ Every day is a new beginning. Every day is a day you can take advantage of to get better. To develop your knowledge, your skills, to take one step further towards your goal. It is understandable, sometimes it is difficult. It was difficult for Ali too: ‘I hated every minute of training, but I told myself not to give up. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion.’
Where most people see a mountain in front of them, Ali knew that mountains do not exist. ‘It is not the mountain you have to climb that exhausts you, but the gravel inside your shoe.’ Meaning the flaw of character. Say doubt, say fear, say weakness. One thing is for sure. It is a risk, and most people are afraid of it. But whoever does not have the courage to take risks, will not achieve anything in his life, according to Ali.
Sometimes it is impossible, some will say. Mohammed Ali also gave them an answer. ‘Impossible is a big word used by little people, who find it easier to live in a ready-made world than to use the power they have to change it. The impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. It is not an announcement. It is a challenge. The impossible is possible. The impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. What an incredible show of will.
Do we really need to summarize? Do you want to succeed? Imagine success. Believe it with all your heart. You start behaving like you are walking towards her. No sullenness. No doubt. Without being influenced by the point of view of others. Do not be afraid of failure for a moment. Believe me, it will make you better. More experienced. Bigger. Do not let day by day pass without having taken a step closer to your goal. If you dream that it is impossible, wake up and apologize to yourself. What do you want? In what field do you want to succeed?