“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
If you want to accomplish anything in life, you must first believe in
yourself. Start with this self conviction and you will realize that absolutely nothing can prevent you from reaching your goals.
This includes your search for a compatible University, Job or any thing you want to achieve. You must first believe in yourself before others do.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Understand that it is not your situation, condition or environment that will cause your downfall but you and only you. Your “situation” will always exist and you can either give up and blame it on that (ex: not enough money) or you can persevere and do everything you can to accomplish your goals.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Even Ali hated training; it was hard, gruesome and required a lot of self discipline to get through it. Learn from Ali and integrate his perseverance in whatever it is you are doing. If you want to make it to a top level university that requires a 92% average – than get it. It is easier said than done which is why Ali say’s “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”. If you want to ace that interview than prepare thoroughly, look at yourself in the mirror and answer example interview questions till you know that you have tried your level best. Motivate, set goals, persevere and be successful.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Don’t be afraid of failure because it is part of life and those who embrace and learn from failure will surely be successful. This leads me to the next quote:
Statement after losing his first fight to Ken Norton, March 31, 1973: “I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
This is self-explanatory, believe in yourself and your abilities but be prepared to fail and when you do fail understand that it is how you handle that failure that will determine your success later on.