"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
- Muhammad Ali
The idea of flying has always interested me.
When I was a kid I used to dream of hovering above the ground. I would levitate just high enough to never really touch the floor. I was above everything.
There were a lot of cartoons with characters who could fly. Superman. Peter Pan. Buzz Lightyear. A lot of them were on a mission. A prescribed mandate to change the world. An ode to humanity to maintain world order of some sort.
I remember the places it used to take me. I would imagine the possibilities of all the things I could achieve in life because of my ability to soar. I could disappear out of traffic. I could travel across the world and see things. I would go where no man was able to go to before.
It was because of my ability to use my imagination that I was able to create possibilities.
By the time reality struck me and I realized that humans simply just don't have hollow bones to fly (unlike birds), I had already created a process in my mind. I had smashed through that glass ceiling that was limiting my mind. I was able to imagine what I was capable of.
It was there that I discovered my tenacity for adventure. My lust for success. My drive to do the impossible. My commitment to excellence. I realized that if someone dared me to do something, I owed it to myself to not only try, but prove them wrong. I set the bar high and soared way above it.
Muhammad Ali, one the recent late greats of our time, knew what this meant. Often quoted for saying "I am the greatest", he mentioned something in an interview that I found interesting. He said,
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
He had opened his mind to the possibility of becoming the world's greatest boxing champion, and he did.
Today, I want to challenge you to open your mind. What are you looking for? What is it that you hope for? Where do you want to be in 5 years, and what can you do in this very moment to get you there?
Use your imagination to catapult you to new heights. Just like the late great one said, you’ve got to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
There is no limit to where it can take you. Keep dreaming. Keep imagining. Keep believing.
RIP Muhammad Ali.
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