Muhammad Ali will always be remembered as the greatest boxer of all time, whether you liked him or not.
I've been thinking a lot about how people didn't like him while he was alive. He was constantly seen as too vocal. Too loud about his religious beliefs. Too radical with his political beliefs.
I also think about how he just did not care. Nowadays, it's rare that you'll find prominent public figures who stand strong in their beliefs - no matter how unpopular they may be. It's even more rare to find popular figures who care about social responsibility and giving back to their communities.
In remembering Muhammad Ali, I thought about how strong he stood in his identity. He was unapologetic and fierce. Unrelenting. He refused to go to war at a time when you simply did not say no. He defied expectations. He refused to minimize himself even when others did. He rejected the idea of seeing himself as less than.
Any great visionary will show you the true meaning of self-love. Most greats aren't even trying to be "different" - they just want to be true to themselves. In a world where a lot of people do things for showmanship, fame and riches, there are few who can truly say they do what they do for the art of their craft. Muhammad Ali. Prince. David Bowie. Alan Rickman. All prominent figures who cared about their craft. They weren't trying to stand out. They just did.
But one thing that united them was their honest approach in their art. They dedicated themselves to their craft by showing the world who they were in what they did. They treated their work as an act of service to humanity. They appealed to the human condition and contributed to society through the arts.
There's a certain level of confidence that comes from being able to hold your ground. You must really know who you are and what you stand for in order to know what to say no to.
You must have integrity.
That, to me, is greatness. That is what it truly means to break the mould and be remembered. That is what leaves a legacy.
Are you searching for greatness? Do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, who you are and what you stand for? What are you willing to reject or abandon in order to move into your calling? How do you know you're doing what you need to do?
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
Today, decide what you stand for. It is there that you will be able to find your integrity and purpose. You'll be able to walk into your destiny. You will find your rhythm. You'll tap into your greatness.
You've just got to take the first step.
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