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The Zen of Muhammad Ali

The world was shaken by the news of the passing of the greatest, Muhammad Ali, this past weekend.

Muhammad Ali

Was Ali the Tony Robbins of his time?

It was especially interesting to listen to the stories and memories of what Ali did outside the ring, which often captured more attention than his many accomplishments in it.  It also got us thinking about Ali the motivator.  As we help people with life changes through career transitions, inspiration and motivation is an integral part of our daily plan.  Take a look at these quotes attributed to Muhammad Ali:

  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life”
  • “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”
  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your own room here on Earth”
  • “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe”
  • “Don’t count the days.  Make the days count”
  • “Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it.  I do what I say”
  • “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. 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.”
  • “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
  • “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali, truly the greatest of all time.  Here’s to not waiting until tomorrow.

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