Things We Can Learn From “The Greatest”

He is 'The Greatest'. His career was legendary and his personality was unforgettable. Muhammad Ali was a boxing legend and we can learn a lot from him.

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The whole world grieves for we have lost him from a respiratory illness that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease. He died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and his funeral will take place at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.

His career was legendary and his personality was unforgettable. Cassius Clay changed his name and told the world he wanted to be called Muhammad Ali and he is The Greatest! The boxing legend fought hard and won his battles under the spotlight. When he retired from boxing, people still sought after him for inspiration, amateur boxers idolized him and the world still loves him.

A boxing fan or not, you have to admit that you’ve heard about him and we can’t deny that it is in his dedication and commitment to his craft that made him one of the most memorable athletes of all time and became a significant part of pop culture. Though boxing may be way too different from the field of engineering, we can still learn a lot from Muhammad Ali.

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For every engineering student who has to endure all the hardships school has to offer and to all the aspiring engineers who are struggling to find their place and passion in their careers, may we be reminded by Muhammad Ali’s story that it is in our belief of ourselves and hard work that help us achieve success. Ali had a lot of inspiring words to motivate us to be the greatest just like The Greatest himself.

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“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

“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.”

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“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

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“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”

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Engr. Ninez Hernandez
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