Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is nicknamed “The Greatest” and is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
“Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. Some mountains are higher than others. Some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks but you cannot let them stop you. Even on the steepest road you must not turn back.”
Muhammad Ali knew what it was like to work hard and to rise when he fell. Ali story is the success of a man that worked harder — not just in the ring — but worked hard on programming his mind to reach his goals.
I was young when he first became a popular boxer. I remember well his arrogant sounding proclamations about himself. What I did not understand, at the time, was that he was claiming his success in front of the world!
No matter what, he stuck to proclaiming his success and greatness! And no matter what happened in the ring, he kept on fighting! That, in my opinion, is how he became “The Greatest”!
Ali never believed anything was impossible. I am sure part of his success was based upon the following belief:
“Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”