Everyone has that one thing or person who often acts as the driving factor, or better yet as the source of inspiration that guides them to better and greater people. Aside from keeping them focused and relentless on their goal, they also help them become better people by believing in their philosophy. It is very crucial for everyone to have that one person who makes them hope for better or rather steers them into becoming the best version of themselves. These role models ought to have had a noticeable impact in the society so that they can be considered as significant and influential. Just as I have already mentioned prior, for one to meet their maximum potential, they have to have that one goal that they are working to achieve (Remnick 40).
Right at the time, he was nineteen years Ali had made it big in the boxing ring thus making a name for himself which reigned long after he had died. He was nicknamed the greatest since he had fought all the battle and won them all making him the king of the ring. Ali was the legend holding most of the records and thus commanding certain respect and pride from the country, his family, and the entire universe. What strikes me is the strong zeal and determination he had which is what steered him into the glory that he lived in until his impending death. Ali was not one to give up no matter what mountain he was faced with, he tackled it and moved on stronger and even better that he was before. All the fights he had, he was guaranteed of victory, and he never disappointed when it came to that (Myers 49).
Mohamed Ali is known for his headstrong character which he always carried around, and he had it in him to always fight for that one thing that he believed in regardless of who he had to face. And this is a good character trait since it portrays him as a certain man and an honorable man of his word who means and keeps his word not a naive one who changes his mind as soon as the going gets tough (Remnick 25). This character is seen in his denial to join the army so as to fight in Vietnam which would affect the citizens of that country so being a Muslim himself, he couldn’t take part in that match. Despite all the warnings he got for refusing to serve, he still would not change his mind and turn his back on his people, a move which saw to it that he lost four years of his boxing career. This bold move just proved that he is a true being who stands by his people despite the consequences that he faces (Myers 45).
Even after his death, no one has managed to match the legacy left by Ali. Notably, Muhammad Ali had 37 knockouts, 5 losses and 56 wins (Qazvini 1). These world’s unmatched records paint a picture of a person who wanted to leave a mark in the world. Before he became famous enough for the world to appreciate his records, Ali declared that he was the Greatest and that he would sting like a bee. True to his ambitions, his name remains in the list of the greatest personalities who not only made an impact in the American history, but also a person who impacted on the lives of numerous people across the world. His ambition to become the Greatest started long before he established a strong base in his career. He also proclaimed that he is the greatest despite the uncertainties of the landmark matches. In other words, a boxing career is characterized by winning and losing, which is part of the process. The results are only determined how a well a person fights and how well he maintains control of his actions during the fights. This means that Muhammad Ali set the limits in the sky with each winning tackle bringing him closer to his dream.
True to his ambitions and propositions, Ali is among the greatest personalities in the world. His life and unfortunate death raised mixed reactions across the world. This personality has taught me to always believe in myself, despite the challenges coming on my way. It has also inspired be to set my ambitions too high, no matter how ridiculous they might sound. Setting the bar high above the skies forces a person to work continuously without being distracted by the past mistakes or success. Ali’s personality has taught me that success is not a one shoot trial, but a continuous and persistent cycle, which must be maintained throughout the life. Ali’s legacy in the boxing ring has also illustrated that believing in one-self is the best strategy towards long term success. Despite the fact that he knew winning was not a guarantee once the match started, Ali believed in himself so much that he declared his name would be the greatest. This indicates that Muhammad Ali lived in the future and only used to present as a step towards his ambitions. In addition to making targets, Ali has taught me to live in my dreams, regardless of the nature of the present. The present might be full of uncertainties but living in my dreams will allow me to conquer everyday challenges.
My role model had a way of turning the challenges facing him towards his advantage. Tales have it that Muhammad’s bike was stolen in the neighborhood when he was only 12 years old. After reporting the matter to a police officer, Ali said that he felt like beating the person who stole his bike (Fobbs 1). The officer, Joe Martin, told him that if he wanted to fight the thieves, he should get training first before challenging anybody. Fortunately, Joe Martin was in charge of a local gym, where he trained young boxers. At first he trained how to spar and later started his long path towards writing his destiny. Another challenging incident that reveals the charisma in Ali’s personality is when he refused to join the military to fight in Vietnam, April 1967. He was called upon to serve as one of the military men but refused on the grounds that his religion does not allow him to fight (Ali 2). At that time, Muhammad Ali believed that as a Muslim minister, he should not be compelled to fight because of his beliefs. This led to radical consequences that forced him out of the boxing career for three prime years in his profession. Having refused to join the army, he was arrested and stripped all his titles as well as boxing licenses.
Subsequently, Ali was convicted to five years imprisonment, which he did not serve as a result of the pending determination of his appeal. Particularly, Ali was convicted for violating Selective Services laws by the U.S. Department of Justice. Eventually, his conviction was overturned in June 1971 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Afterwards, he rejoined the boxing career and proceeded towards making his name and legacy “The Greatest” (Qazvini 5). The incident that led him to boxing and the event that denied Ali three prime years did not deter him from pursuing his dreams. If anything, they only made his personality stronger and respected in the American society. He defined the government by standing firmly on what he believed was right. Even after the intimidation through the arrests and subsequent conviction, he remained rigid on his beliefs and sort to seek advanced legal redress. Also, he allowed the concerned authorities to strip his hard-earned titles in the boxing career, without compromising what he wanted.
The above analysis of some of the major challenges that made Ali focus more on achieving his dreams reveals a person who uses the challenges as stepping stones towards his future. Precisely, Ali used to loss of his bicycle to develop interest in what would be his career. He also used the refusal to give in to the demands of the government, putting his personality and triggering a landmark ruling that overturned the decision of the government and the Department of Justice. Ali rallied the entire system to support his stand. To me, this is an exceptional character, which allowed Ali to stand in what he believed was appropriate. True to his personal stand, the American military intervention is widely condemned in the history archives due to the damages it inflicted on innocent civilian. Moreover, the after-civil war effects in Vietnam are still apparent in the present days. If just half the youths that joined the military services during that time refused to submit to the demands of the government, perhaps the American military action Vietnam would not have happened. If the youths that were being forced to fight a war they knew very little about followed the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, the lives lost during that period would have contributed towards the betterment of the world.
The tendency to stand on his beliefs and turning the challenges towards his favor has taught me that when life provides a lemon, I will always make lemonade. This has allowed me to take positively issues that affect my emotions and physical wellbeing. It has also allowed me to always speak my mind, despite the implication to others or the system. When Ali was being tried, he was perhaps, seen as a traitor, defiant spoilt boxing champion who was too proud to do what the government wanted. Contrary to the apparent perception, Ali is seen as a hero in the modern society for standing in what he believed was right. Ali’s anti-military stance later catalyzed the 1960s counterculture revolution, nearly changing the lives of the American youths. This further reveals that Ail was far ahead of his time. This is mainly because people are no longer forced to join military services in the name of patriotism. Personally, Ali has taught me how to express my views, in spite of the side of the law or school regulations I find myself in. I might be seen as a rebellious person today but the world will come to understand the rationale behind my actions in future. After all, we are in a democratic country that sets an example to the world’s democracies. It has also taught me that if I hold onto what I believe in, the world will gradually support even if everybody might be against me in the beginning.
Throughout the life of Muhammad Ali, he has been portrayed as a religious person. During his early days, Muhammad Ail, just like any other black young person of his era, joined Black Muslim group the nation of Islam in 1964. However, he converted to orthodox Islam in 1970 (Ali 7). Since then, despite having the money and fame, Ali has been known as a strong believer in the Islamic teachings. Perhaps known by a few people, Ali in the aftermath of 9/11 attack, Ali proclaimed that Muslim does not encourage violence. In particular, he said that: "Islam is not a killer religion. Islam means peace. I couldn't just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for the problem” (Hassan 4). In addition, he made a physical visit to the ground to encourage the service men and stand in solidarity with the victims and the entire country.