Muhammad Ali is the next one who’s going to be covered in the alpha male series. I’m going to start with a quote which embodies the martial arts mentality.

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”

So why did I take this quote in particular? Well that’s because it shows the fact that he had a great mindset. He was always willing to learn and wasn’t satisfied as quickly as most people.

Muhammad Ali has one famous quote which we all know. Sting like a bee and float like a butterfly. He inspired many great athletes like Conor McGregor, Arnold Schwarzenegger… Muhammad Ali was a famous boxer but also an activist. He fought for what he believed in. Make no mistake he was a real alpha male. He was deemed to be great once his career started. Ali was not only inspiring but also controversial and a polarizing figure inside and outside the ring. He recently passed away and we not only lost and an inspiration but also a great human being.

Muhammad Ali had a clear goal and did everything to get there

Ali had a clear vision

He always got to the gym no matter what. He would run to the gym if he didn’t have a car. Long distance running and testosterone isn’t the best match up (read here why) but I think that it’s safe to assume that he had high testosterone. Muhammad Ali knew he had to train hard to get there and he did it again and again. Some people will call him crazy or stubborn but I call him determined.

You see it in his eyes that he has a clear vision. You see and smell the ambition when he breathed. It’s not hard to see that he had the mindset of a champion.

Muhammad Ali had a heart of gold

He wanted to be famous so he could help people. This is one of the most noble reasons to become famous. Helping people is the most enjoying thing there is and he wanted to help millions. How many people become famous with the intention to help others?  I don’t think there are many people who used this as their fuel. It was his burning desire to inspire millions and he succeeded. To this day onward we all know him and we’ll never forget the name.

His real name is Cassius Clay but he called this a slave name and changed it to Muhammed Ali. He was pride of his origin and he was right too. You should be proud about this no matter what color or religion you have. He gave a message of racial pride for African Americans. He also gave resistance to white domination during the 60’s Civil Rights Movement.

You can’t have nothing but respect for this action because racism was extreme back in those days. It still present in our current society and that’s a shame. Racism is an act of cowardice. Muhammad Ali refused to hear his birth name and kept on pushing till everybody used it. A real man takes pride in his heritage and doesn’t label different as bad.

He trash talked the shit out of his opponents

He did this to all his opponents even when he wasn’t a big name yet. Even when nobody believed in him he told the big public that money would be lost that night. The interview before his first fight is pretty entertaining because the interviewer calls him a big bag of wind. But he walked the walk and talked the talk. Too bad for the guy who interviewed him, jokes on him now. Ali kept on provoking and the big crowd adores this. They all look up to people who dare to tell what they think and eventually do it.

He acted daring without caring

Why you ask? Probably because they don’t dare to do it. I once heard this quote:  “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” – Les Brown

Muhammad Ali took a risk and eventually he reached his dream. He really made a change in the world. He took the first step unlike many others. How many of us have dreams when we’re young? How many want to become a doctor, a lawyer and so on? Just look around and see how many of us actually became what we wanted to be. Not that many, most of us give up after life gets tougher.

He was right: don’t give a damn

I first tried to write a book when I was nine years old. My parents saw that I was writing a lot with my pen and paper and told me to let it go. Just study hard and you’ll get where you need to get in life. That’s pushing someone to the graveyard of broken dreams in my opinion. Now I’m writing everyday again and I like it more than ever. My parents think I’m a fool but I’m going to show them how great I am. I going to strive for my potential and go well beyond my limits. The only limit in life is the one you set for yourself. Don’t think that the sky is the limit when there’s a whole universe that lies behind it.

It’s all about getting out of your comfort zone. Your life doesn’t actually start till you learn to leave the comfort zone. Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it?!

How to use Muhammad Ali as an inspiration

I use a short video as an inspiration, it shows how great he really was. I used it when I was unmotivated to work out or didn’t want to push on. He’s one of the guys that helped shaping my mind and body.

Rest in peace Muhammad Ali you’ll be missed.

So what do you think of him? Was he an inspiration for you or didn’t you like him because of his trash talk?

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