Here at Sparta Consulting Group (Hollywood, FL) we are always looking for new ways to motivate our employees. Today, January 17th, is the birthday of the late and great Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most inspirational athletes. Not only was he an exceptionally talented athlete, Ali was also a widely recognized and significant activist. He had electricity in his voice and he was never afraid to express his feelings.
Here are 5 motivating quotes from Muhammad Ali in celebration of his birthday!
1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
And a champion he was! Hard work and practice are necessary if you want to become great. Muhammad Ali used the pain of training as motivation because he knew it would all pay off—and it did.
2. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Ali had a poetic way with words that simplified complicated concepts. In this quote, he is saying that tiny, day-to-day distractions are the reason we never achieve our goals. The mountain, as he describes it, is our life purpose or goal. The pebble represents small, almost insignificant problems that we allow to get in the way.
3. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Taking risks and learning to operate outside of your comfort zone is essential when it comes to success. If you operate inside of a safe bubble, you will never truly be able to reach your full potential. This is an ideology we like to push here at Sparta Consulting Group!
4. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
Another beautiful quote that simplifies an intelligent notion into a tight, poetic passage. He is simply saying that as a human, you have a responsibility to service others. If everyone were to think this way, the world would be a much nicer place!
5. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
In this quote, Ali stresses the significance of chasing your dreams. He is saying that his imagination, of something relatively practical, is what gave him the “wings” to ultimately set and reach goals.
What inspires you most about the life and career of Muhammad Ali? Share your thoughts with Sparta Consulting Group in the comments below!