The legendary Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers and athletes of all time.
He made a mark on American history like few others ever have. Dominating his sport, holding true to his values, and inspiring a nation during some of its hardest times.
He was a lot more than just a great boxer – and you can learn a ton from his success.
So, in his honor, here are 5 powerful Muhammad Ali quotes, and the valuable business and life lessons you can learn from them.
1. Aim to Be the Best
“I would have been the world’s greatest at whatever I did. If I were a garbage man, I’d be the world’s greatest garbage man! I’d pick up more garbage and faster than anyone has ever seen. To tell you the truth, I would have been the greatest at whatever I’d done!”
Aim to be the best in your industry. Always be learning and improving your skills – always be doing the absolute best you can.
Don’t settle for “enough” to get by in your industry. Be the type of person who over delivers, and consistently “wows” your clients and customers.
2. Find a Mentor
“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.”
We all have blind spots – even Muhammad Ali. You must be willing to drop your ego and understand that you don’t know everything.
A mentor and/or a coach can come in and help you smash through your limitations. They can help you fix your flaws and get to the next level in life and in your career.
3. Take Calculated Risks
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Muhammad Ali took tons of risks – from stepping into the ring time and again, to speaking out against the Vietnam War and even refusing to get drafted.
He knew the value of taking risks.
Both in your life and business, you’ll also need to take calculated risks in order to get to the next level. These are the same risks that some of your competition will be to afraid to make – so by going for them, you give yourself a chance to get ahead.
4. Have Unwavering Faith in Yourself
“To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
Mindset is absolutely key to success. If you don’t have faith in yourself, you won’t get far.
As you progress through business and life, it’s easy to get swept up with “impostor syndrome,” i.e. feeling like you’re a fraud or like you’re not good enough to be where you are.
But you must remember to have faith in yourself and “fake it till you make it” if you need to.
This faith will help you persist even in the darkest of times, and it will allow you to exhale and enjoy the great times.
5. Your Failures Pave the Way for Your Success
“Only a man who knows what it’s like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Life is not all sunshine and roses. Defeat is inevitable at times – but that’s okay. Because, as Muhammad Ali taught us, you can come back stronger and more prepared the next time around.
Don’t allow yourself to get dismayed by your failures – instead, use them as fuel for your success and become unstoppable!
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