Here is lesson #3 in my 6 big lessons learned from the Greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. With a pen and notebook, I watched the new HBO documentary “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” with the intention of taking lessons from Ali’s life and career so that I can better myself in my quest to achieve my own greatness. I took 6 big lessons that spanned his entire life.
LESSON 3: YOU MUST TAKE A STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
As we all know, Ali refused being drafted for the Vietnam War and in the process lost:
- His Heavyweight title.
- Millions of dollars.
- The prime years of his boxing career (3 years).
He gave this all up to stand up for what he believed in.
We all at one point in our life have been pressured to compromise our stand and our belief to the world and the powers that be. It may have been big; it may have been small. I think we can all agree that the decision to cave in and compromise rather than stick to our guns is always the easier one. I think we can also agree that this decision will never leave us with a good taste in our mouth.
TAKE THIS WITH YOU: To achieve greatness, you must take a stand for what you believe in. NO MATTER the cost. Any compromise of your beliefs equals a compromise or your true self and your greatness you are destined for.