Full Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. / Muhammad Ali
Date of Birth: January 17, 1942
Muhammad Ali was one of the most outspoken self-promoters in sports history. He repeatedly said to himself and to all others around him that he was the greatest of all time. You would think that his confidence would be interpreted as arrogance, however Ali became one of the most beloved sports icons we have ever known. He wouldn’t be revered the way he is today if it wasn’t for his larger than life personality. Even for those that did not like him, many people would be envious of the persona and charisma he possessed and would cherish to be more like him in this respect.
One of the most noticeable things about Ali was that he could “trash talk” better than anybody else. He predicted that he would crush every fighter he ever encountered, and he usually did. You would never hear him say that he respected the talent of his opponent and go into a fight displaying humility. For him, it was always about how the person he was fighting was not good enough and that the person should expect to be defeated.
Whereas usually this would come across as extreme pride, he could pull the bravado off and remain likeable because his confidence was real and his arrogance was performed. The audience could also tell that he was half-joking with some of his more outrageous statements. He used rhyming, exaggerated bragging and humour, all of which allowed the audience to realise he was keeping up a performance so they could forgive his boasts and even like them! Whereas bragging is usually seen as an obnoxious trait, it was not so bad for others as it was taken to the extreme, making people laugh.
Muhammed Ali embodied one of the most endearing traits a person can have to other people around him, his playfulness. Whereas many people are often downbeat and trodden, all the most charismatic and charming people known today possess this ability to make every situation light-hearted and fun. Other people are attracted to where it feels good and do not like to go where it doesn’t feel good. Ali’s liveliness was the ultimate vibe which served as a reminder to others on what life is about. Despite this, Ali understood that talking the talk was one thing but he still need to back up his words.
A huge amount of Ali’s charisma came from the fact that he was very talented and could also walk the walk. He was so good in fact, that sometimes it could look as though he had an unfair advantage in the ring. Ali was also synonymous with the clever “rope-a-dope” style of boxing in which the boxer (Ali) stands in a defensive stance against the ropes and lets the opponent tire themselves out by throwing multiple punches. If a punch connects, the ropes absorb much of the energy of the punch and if the punch misses, if gives the defensive boxer (Ali) the chance to counter-punch. The attacking boxer will begin to tire more towards the end of the fight and at this point, the defensive boxer (Ali) will have more energy to take advantage and win.
In every interaction, he was also a dominant force. When people or reporters attempted to talk to him about things he didn’t want to talk about, he simply ignored them and/or spoke confidently about something he wanted to say. When this kind of interaction happens, the “winner” of the interaction will be the person who believes in what they are talking about the most, so much that they will take priority over the other person’s comments. He often backed up his conviction in his arguments by not changing his body language and he would not pander to other people’s needs. Ali was confident and had such a strong frame that he didn’t appear to have a fear of being honest. This may not seem like a big deal but most people would be extremely mindful of their behaviour around other people if they were to be completely real.
Whether people agreed or disagreed with him, they knew exactly what he stood for and which is why he has so many fans. People knew exactly how he felt because he told them to their face and was not even afraid to admit publicly the things he didn’t know, which took a lot courage as it left him open to criticism. This kind of unreserved honesty draws people like a magnet because it shows that unlike everyone else, Ali was not afraid of the consequences of the truth.
Muhammad Ali MBTI (Probable):
The ENFP (Discoverer) is often an initiator of change who is extremely perceptive of possibilities. They can energise and stimulate other people through their enthusiasm, which can be contagious. They prefer the start-up phase of a project or relationship and can be tireless in their pursuit of new interests. The ENFP can anticipate the needs of others and offer them the help and appreciation they need. Overall, they look to bring joy, liveliness and zest to all aspects of their lives.
Muhammad Ali Mindset – Quotes:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
Ali’s Keys to Success:
Play to Win – With any of your important ventures, you should participate as though you are trying to be the best and to win. It is okay to “just participate” if it is something which has little importance to you, but for your real passions and your career, you need to give everything.
Use Affirmations – Affirmations or mantras are simply the things we communicate with ourselves daily. Whether we say these to ourselves in our mind or we speak them aloud, they influence our personal beliefs. Generally, the “chatter” we hear in our minds each day can be occupied with negative emotions such as worry, stress and anger. Intentional affirmations bring ourselves to the present moment and give us an ability to feel positive emotions.
Lighten the Mood – Showing the capability to bring a “light-heartedness” to every interaction will draw other people towards you. People that can turn serious and awkward situations around is a desirable trait to others and will result in more power coming towards them. Others see this ability and associate it with a “feel-good factor” and as such, know they will feel better being in the presence of uplifting people.
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Ali – Other Facts:
- Muhammad Ali received his new name when he joined the “Nation of Islam”. Elijah Muhammed, its founder, stated that Clay would be renamed Muhammad (one who is worthy of praise) Ali (most high).
- He converted to Islam and became a Muslim. In 1961, he attended his first “Nation of Islam” meeting. He was initially refused entry due to his boxing career, however after winning the championship from Liston in 1964, his membership was publicised.
- His height was 6’3” and he was a heavyweight with an orthodox stance.
- He was hospitalised on June 2nd 2016 suffering from a respiratory illness. His condition was initially described as “fair”, but unfortunately it worsened and he passed away the following day from septic shock.