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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday—Goodbye to The Greatest

Muhammad Ali died last Friday, June 3d, at the age of 74




THE GREATEST

Boxing light-heavyweight podium 1960 Olympics
L. to R.  Giulio Saraudi (Italy) Bronze medal_Anthony Madigan (Australia) Bronze medal
Cassius Clay (US) Gold medal_Abigniew Pietzykowski (Poland) Silver medal
Public Doman photo_Poland, originally published in 1960

What I Learned from Ali

  • Some things are worth fighting for.
  • It's okay to be proud.
  • Live your authentic self.
  • Be confident.
  • Stand up to bullies.
  • Just because you're young doesn't mean you can't defend yourself.
  • Hold onto your beliefs, even when the world is against you.
  • Accept loss & come back to fight another day.
  • When your ass hits the canvas, get up and keep fighting.
  • People are not always going to like what you say, so don't be afraid to say what you think.    
  • You can lose a fight, but remain a champion.
  • Don't be afraid to face a powerful opponent.
  • Don't lose your cool.
  • Humor is a strength.
  • Be ready to sacrifice everything for a cause that you believe in.
  • Refusing to fight is not cowardice. 
  • Fight by the rules. 
  • If you're in the ring with someone who wants to hurt you, stay strong, be fast, and think on your feet.  
  • Don't be afraid to fight alone.  
  • Don't be afraid to fight, even when you don't know if you can win.
  • Fighting is messy and brutal.  But, sometimes that is the only way to deal with someone who wants to fight.


Arguably, Ali's most elegant fight.  18-year old Cassius Clay vs. 25-year old Zigzy Pietrzykowski.  1960  Olympics in Rome...





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