This is the final lesson I took from the two-part HBO documentary “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali”. It fully culminates the great life of Ali, a man who had faults like every man, but with his heart and fire he inspired hundreds of millions.
LESSON 6: ULTIMATELY, IT WAS ALI’S COMBINATION OF HUMBLENESS AND SELF CONFIDENCE/SELF-BELIEF THAT MADE THE WORLD LOVE HIM.
Over the next 20+ years Ali traveled the world, met with leaders such as the US presidents, the Pope, even world leaders such as Saddam Hussein in 1990 which ultimately led to the release of 15 US hostages in Iraq. Even if he didn’t agree with what each leader represented, he still gave them the respect as a human being. Ali thought that despite their differences they could co-exist in peace.
The world fell in love with a man who always fought for what he believed in, whether you agreed with him or not.
His warrior spirit made it impossible for anyone to hate him, or at least not respect him.
TAKE THIS WITH YOU: No matter where you are in your life right now, establish your belief system and live your life by it with no compromise.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read these lessons and thoughts I took from this great man and great movie. Please send me a message and let me know any thoughts or opinions you have, and I would love to hear your own life lessons you have taken from Muhammad Ali.
We must recognize the greatness of those around us and in history, and even though no one is perfect, we can take pieces of their greatness in the example they set and make them your own. I wish everyone nothing but the best in their quest to become their best self. It is so hard; I fall constantly but let’s look at great people like Muhammad Ali and draw from his strength so we can all rise together.