Don’t Compromise Who You Truly Are.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is an incredible story to study for self development.
First we should note that he did not fit any criteria at his time as a boxer.
He boxed nothing like a heavy weight boxer.
He would dance around the ring, move quickly form side to side…
He was completely unorthodox in his style and technique.
All of these elements combined to produce something that the world had never seen before.
But before we get carried away celebrating a once in a lifetime individual genius.
We need to understand the man behind the curtain.
The inner Ali which was the true reason for his success.
People know him for his successes.
But do they know him for his incredible mindset?
His tenacious work ethic.
His ability to recover from set-back.
His courage to be himself?
His capacity for risk was proportional to his level of self development.
(Please read that line several times before moving on)
It requires significant courage to be be different.
To stand out from the crowd.
This is exactly however the call of the entrepreneur.
Now yesterday we all pledged to ourselves that we wouldn’t live out someone else’s dream.
We pledged that we would create our own dreams and not fulfil someone else’s.
This all takes courage.
Sometimes large levels of risk.
And do you know what the true experts would say in the wake of our own success?
They would see the tenacious fighter WITHIN us.
An unmovable mindset when the odds were stacked against us.
A person who embraced the pain on the training ground of life.
An individual who was willing to be different.
As much as we fear standing out at times and what it can cost us…
It’s precisely what will make us successful.
The person who can risk it all.
Who won’t compromise WHO they truly are.
At the end of their life everyone will applaud their numerous successes.
But their visible success was simply the surface of the iceberg.
It was their mindset beneath the surface that made them what they were.
This my friends, is the hallmark of a true champion.
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