STOP asking for easy – Motivational Video


Well, let me tell you what the problem is.
Alright? Let me tell you what the problem is.
The problem is:
Everybody wants the prize, but nobody wants to pay the price.
Right? Everybody wants the prize, but nobody’s willing to pay the price.

Nobody’s willing to put in the work.
Nobody’s willing to make the sacrifice.
Nobody’s willing to eat their own shit, you know?
To make it happen.

Everybody’s expecting it to be easy. I was just giving a talk the other day at school and someone said,
“Well, why would I choose that way? That’s much harder.”
“That way’s a lot harder. Why would I choose that direction?”
And I was like, “Man, why are we talking about hard versus easy?”
“Nobody said this was gonna be easy.”

We don’t want it to be easy.
If it was easy, then everybody would be doing it. Right?
If it wasn’t difficult then everybody would be doing it.

Everybody will be an entrepreneur.
Everybody would be a billionaire.
Everybody would be a successful athlete, or artist, or businessman, or salesperson, or scientist.
Everybody would be doing it. Right?

It’s not supposed to be easy.
You shouldn’t want it to be easy.
But if you have a dream, if you have a mission, if you have a passion, this shit is not gonna be easy.

Easy shouldn’t even be in the conversation or in your vocabulary.
This is supposed to be hard.
You should want it to be hard because then no one can replicate what you create.
Anything of value and of meaning is not gonna be easy

And that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Think Different: Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Video Transcript:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

More Steve Jobs Quotes:
Powerful quotes from Steve Jobs and his biographical film
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Steve Jobs Quotes

Fight Song – I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

李佩玲《Fight Song》|《中国新歌声》
Lee Pei Ling 《Fight Song》|《Sing! China》

Fight Song | 战斗之歌

Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep say I’m in too deep
And it’s been two years I miss my home
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
I still believe yeah I still believe

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
A lot of fight left in me

Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

No I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

战斗之歌 | Fight Song










Watch the Original version:
Rachel Platten – Fight Song (Official Video)

Lord of the Rings – What are we holding to?

Frodo Baggins: I can’t do this Sam.

Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.

Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?

Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Samwise Gamgee: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo Baggins: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil… between me… and the wheel of fire! I can see him… with my waking eyes!

Samwise Gamgee: Then let us be rid of it… once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you! COME ON!

Tangkuban Perahu Bandung Upturned Boat Volcano Mountain
Tangkuban Perahu a.k.a Upturned Boat – Volcano Mountain in Bandung

PS: I thought of posting Lord of the Ring (LOTR) scenes when I witnessed the beauty of Tangkuban Perahu during my recent trip to Bandung. The idea of visiting the crater reminds me of the hobbits on their quest to Mount Doom in LOTR.

Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater

The entrance fee to visit Tangkuban Perahu is slightly expensive for foreigners (300K Rupiah on Weekend/Public Holidays, 200k Rupiah on Weekday – accurate as of Sep 2016)

Hiking to Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout
Mountain Man Humble Accommodation

If you are adventurous and don’t mind the hike up the mountain, there is a mountain man living on-top of Tangkuban Perahu! It is an awesome experience at Tangkuban Perah that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Bandung.

Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout Tunnel

Interesting fact:
– The volcano erupted as recently as 5th October 2013.
– Tangkuban Perahu is also known as Upturned Boat. The name derives from a local legend on its creation.

LOTR quotes – What are we holding on to?
LOTR quotes – I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you!
Wikipedia – Tangkuban Perahu

Be Remembered – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:


See the thing about life, we’re gonna die, right?
Eventually we’re gonna die, but our legacy live on.
The impact, can be non-perishable, forever.
But it’s gotta be built right and we got to take
advantage of the time we have right now.

What are you waiting for!
You’ve got one life to live.
Today begins; tomorrow continues
and never end…
until you reach your goal, and cross the finish line.
With your hand, held victorious.

You go after things. You try,
even if you fail you get back up,
and you continue to try and fail, continue to try and fail.
And ensuring you never fail to try.

Failure is part of recipe for success.
It’s the losers, that failed once and quit.
Every winner has done with failure.
The loser and the winner, both have failed…
it is just that a winner gets back up and does it again.

Making your dreams a reality, rep by rep.

Stop running from the potential what you can be, guys.
It’s inside of you, it’s always been there.

You must believe in yourself enough.
To be the person now,
of what others remember you later.

If you guys mentally believe you can do it,
your body will find a way to physically make it happen.

We put the work in now,
so we never wonder ‘what if’.

Not run by the clock,
But from our desire where we wanna go tomorrow.

It’s not for everybody
and might not be for you…
but you are still watching so maybe it’s for you.
Here we go!

There is no excuse, not to be the hardest mother fucking worker in the room.
And all your endeavour, schoolwork, the gym, your career, your relationship.
You need to be attached to it.
It’s got to mean more than anything.

Believe in yourself.
Be the one of a hundred that has a belief.
Instead of just fucking jaw jack talk of intent.

You only live once.
But if you work it right,
once is enough my friends.

1977 – 2015

See Related:
Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video
Dream – Motivational Video
Unbroken – Motivational Video
The Mind – Motivational Video
Unstoppable – Motivational Video
Vision – Motivational Video

Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M

王德順 – Age is no excuse. Be the Brightest & Fiercest version of yourself.


Introducing the coolest, brightest, and fiercest male model – 王德順 (Wang Deshun)
This man literally crushed any excuse that age matters, that we are too old to achieve our goals and dreams, that retirement is the only way to go when we are 75 years old and above. The story of his life and his performance at the runway show has inspired people around the whole to achieve their own dreams and goals.

Watch below for a short inpirational clip on how to be the fiercest version of yourself

English Transcript | 中文副本 | 《《船》》

My name is Wang Deshun
Born and raised in Shenyang, China
Many people started noticing me after a catwalk show
Some people call me “The Hottest Grandpa”
Some also said that I’m an instant Internet sensation
But you know what, to prepare for this day
I’ve been preparing for 60 years
At 24, I was a theatrical actor
At 44, I started learning English
At 49, I created my own pantomime troupe
and went to Beijing, became a “Beijing Drifter”
I had nothing to my name, starting everything from scratch

At 50, stepped into my first gym
started working out
At 57, I returned to the stage
and created the world’s only form of performance art
called “Living Sculpture Performance”

At 70, I really got into working out
At 79, I got on my first catwalk
I’m 80 this year, and I still got some left in me
I still have dreams to achieve

Believe me, human potential can be explored
When you think it’s too late
be careful you don’t let that
become your excuse for giving up
No one can keep you from success
except yourself
When it’s time to shine,
be the brightest

I am Wang Deshun
I’m the fiercest North-Easterner

中文副本 | English Transcript | 《《船》》

一场T台走秀 让很多人认识了我
也有人说 我一夜爆红

到北京 成了一名老北漂
没房没车 一切从头开始

五十岁 我进了健身房 开始健身
五十七岁 我再次走上了舞台

七十岁 我开始有意识的练腹肌
七十九岁 我走上了T台
还有梦 还有追求



And also, a beautiful and powerful poem he delivered at the end of his talk
追求生命的亡命徒 – 王德順 (2015/08/23)

《《船》》 | English Transcript | 中文副本

只在 瞬息之间
都成了突然崛起 随即倾倒的高山

每一滴海水都变脸 变色
把我被抛向了高空 又投进了深渊

当时 我甚至想到过轻生
放弃希望 那就像放弃舵柄了
面对暴力 只能沉默和哀叹

今天 我才有资格嘲笑昨天的自己
为昨天落叶似的惶恐 而感到羞惭
唉 虚度了多少年华

啊…… 道理原来如此的浅显


命中注定 我要常常和它们相逢



我不会沉沦 决不

未来的诗人 会喟然长叹

PS: He resembles an anime character.
His gusto, zest and awesomeness
Maybe he is Captain Yamamoto in disguise😛

The Value of Honour – Jack Ma

Mr Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, specially recorded this video for the Honour International Symposium, which was held from 19-20 May 2016 in Singapore

English Transcript | 中文副本

Greetings everyone!

It is a special honour to be invited to the symposium. However, due to work conflicts, I regret that I cannot attend and partake in the insightful discussions. However, I have a special interest in today’s topic and have many thoughts to share and discuss as well as to learn from you all. In this regard I would like to pay special thanks to the symposium organizers for allowing me the opportunity to show my video.

At first, I questioned both my English and Chinese language abilities as I could not precisely translate “Honour” to Chinese. In the end, I was relieved when I learned many of you also had trouble translating the meaning of this word into Chinese. In fact, when you carefully consider the meaning of “Honour” and the principles it embodies it has been ingrained in Chinese people for thousands of years and has also been deeply embedded in the “bones” of Chinese people around the world.

Chinese have long understood that in order to do things completely you must complete certain tasks first. As a first step, China took to thoroughly considering and understanding the meaning of compassion, justice, courtesy and wisdom before realizing the past two thousand years of glory, politics, culture, art, and economics. Each of these areas have been great achievements for China.

Over the past 800 years the rise in China’s GDP ranked first in the world. “The Analects of Confucius” is only 11,000 characters long, only taking the space of one page of a newspaper today, but this important literary work has influenced and guided China for 2,000 years. Similarly, today’s symposium represents a topic of equal importance because the next 2,000 years of human development also needs our influence and guidance.

I believe that Singapore has set an example for the Chinese-speaking world and I fully agree with the beliefs of the Singapore government, the level of development that it has achieved today and its international status but the most important factor is its steadfast commitment to “Honour” and everything that it includes: respect, righteousness, integrity, responsibility, etc.

When I first started doing business, I asked my wife if she would rather have a husband that is rich or one that has values and is well respected. She replied, of course have values and be respected. Because at that time, most people did not believe I could make money.

In the past, I did not look highly on businessmen. Furthermore, I believed the societal value created by businessmen was very limited. However, after I had my own business, I realized that if you want to last long and be successful your daily considerations and analyses should have nothing to do with money. Decisions that are made related to money are not strategic. Instead, the decisions that aren’t made based on profit and instead made based on values are actually the truly strategic ones. Hence, I have always believed that a good finance director would not make a good chairman because a good finance director is always thinking about money. People that have money fully occupying their mind have difficulties in doing good things and have difficulty in being good friends.

I realized that if you want to last long and be successful your daily considerations and analyses should have nothing to do with money.

When Alibaba was founded, we were in a very difficult situation. We had nothing. Nobody believed in what we did. Everyone said we were crazy people or cheaters but what actually allowed us to survive? Was it money? In fact, we had no money. Was it resources? We had no resources. Was it human talent? In fact, our human talent all ran away when they saw our situation. In fact, what we had were our values. Our values included: customers first, team spirit, and integrity. And when you look at these areas they appear empty and worthless. When Alibaba first started, we were really poor. But we believed in the future development of the internet. We had a dream of creating a future. We had our own values for doing business.

We started out by helping Chinese foreign trade companies with their overseas orders, charging them annual fees. But after a year had passed, these companies’ transaction value did not even exceed their annual fees to us. Our staff felt heart broken and felt like they let their clients down. During the end of year’s visit, our staff spoke to them with honesty: Ecommerce will have a great future but results may not be instant. Perhaps you can get a refund and not sign up next year.’ What resulted instead was that our clients encouraged our young employees. “It takes time and training for foreign clients to migrate online. Your considerations of our business have earned our belief and trust.” There have been many similar companies and even from over ten years ago until now they remain Alibaba’s clients.

After ten plus years of building businesses, my most profound thought is that, as a businessman, the most important decision to determine a company’s destiny has nothing to do with money. Many people have asked me, “Jack why are you so capable Jack?” I said, in fact I’m not very capable, it’s just that we are lucky. Other people have said, “Jack, you are so lucky and succeed every time.” I don’t feel like this is the case. In fact, our success was due to right choices we made. Alibaba has grown to this point today because we made a few critical choices.

The first case was in 2002 when the internet bubble burst, Alibaba had to survive. During that time the company was in a difficult situation but we set a goal of making $1 profit. At that time if we didn’t make any profit we would die and the most painful issue was in order to win website design business we had to offer bribes. So we held an all-day meeting in Hangzhou. We understood that if we offered bribes we could survive but if we didn’t our company would likely die. I remember that day we met until 4pm and finally decided we would never offer bribes. We would rather close down the company. We would not operate without integrity. We would rather together find new jobs and continue to maintain integrity.

In 2002, because we maintained our integrity, we started to make a profit. After we started to make profit we discovered during our end of year review that two employees accounted for over 60% of the entire group’s sales. And we discovered these two employees were giving kickbacks, commissions, and bribes. So what should we do? If we fire them immediately, the company will not have profit. If we do not kick these two employees out then what does this say about us? It would imply that our words are empty so in the end we decided to let these two employees go. “Do not bribe”, this rule is written into Alibaba’s employee code of conduct. Employees that violate this rule are immediately expelled.

After Alibaba became a large company, bribes started to flow the other way around. We set new rules that forbid employees to take bribes. We have billions worth of procurement contracts every year. In our contracts we include this sentence: “Thank you for doing business with us. We hope that in our future business interactions our employees cannot ask for bribes and you will not offer us bribes. If we discover any such related problems, our group will never do business with you.” This is written in our contracts.

Today, Alibaba employees are well respected in the community. This isn’t because our business has grown large but rather the result of the many codes of conduct our employees follow. In many places, our employees are warmly welcomed. But our employees are not allowed to accept free car rides or meals. Small gifts, even a piece of candy is sent back. Otherwise the employee’s value score will be very low, and even be subject to penalties.

There was one time when I sat in a salesperson training session. The training instructor was speaking about how to sell hair combs to monks. After listening for five minutes, I got extremely angry and expelled the instructor. I thought the instructor was a cheater because monks do not need combs in the first place. So to sell a product to a client that doesn’t need it is deceptive and not skill-based sales. This practice was a significant challenge to our values.

The second choice we made at Alibaba was Alipay. As soon as we launched Taobao it quickly became very popular. However, many users communicated online without transactions actually occurring due to the lack of trust between strangers.

People were not willing to provide payment in advance and no one was willing to ship merchandise first. Our biggest problem was to solve this transaction problem.

That year I participated in the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos with the intent to find a solution to this problem. Instead, I discovered that all the businessmen were discussing corporate social responsibility. During my time at Davos, I suddenly realized that if we wanted to develop e-commerce in China, we needed to do something that had true value, something that would promote societal development. Without it we will never succeed. To do something like this requires tremendous responsibility. Without it, we will not be able to get anything done.

The lack of development in China’s ecommerce was due to one missing piece—a mechanism that could facilitate trust between people.

I believe that Alipay is the mechanism that can fulfil this gap. That same night at Davos, I called my friends and colleagues. I said, “Immediately, right now. Let’s create this product, let’s launch Alipay.” I understand the regulatory risks associated with creating Alipay in China, and if someone needs to go to jail for this product, I will go.

China is a country that has valued credibility and integrity. Confucius has said, “Every day, I self-reflect on three issues.” During ancient times people self-reflected on three issues a day, two of these three issues are related to sincerity and honesty: did I try my best in helping others and did I keep my word when engaging with friends. Chinese value credibility but lacks a system of trust. If Alipay wants to have value in China it must establish a trust system.

Today, Alibaba has built a trust system in China: users provide reviews, Alipay facilities transactions, and all the actions taken on our platform is data which helps inform credibility and credit ratings.

Only with this system, would it be possible for users to send strangers money and merchandise solely based on a picture and a few sentences posted online.

Today, we have millions of daily visitors on our site. Sometimes an order can represent a diamond worth several hundred thousands or a car worth millions. A few days ago, we sold 100 Mercedes-Benz in only 25 seconds. As a result, without this trust system, these transactions would be nearly impossible. What makes us most proud today is not how many products we sold but rather the trust system Alibaba has built. We proved to everyone in a commercial manner how much trust is worth. We built a system of trust. We are also a beneficiary of the system. This system provides the foundation for Alibaba to achieve $500 billion in sales during our fiscal year. The power of honour is tremendous.

If the past 30 years of China’s development relied on its advantage in population size and the relatively low price of labour. Then in the coming years China should not look to rely on having cheaper products but instead rely on the trust or honour between people. If there is a significant human potential that has not been realized I believe mutual trust and credibility is the biggest undiscovered fortune. Only when we pay attention and care about “Honour” will we “Honour” ourselves. I believe it is only then that we can earn other people’s “Honour.”

Many thanks to the symposium organizers for inviting me, and I am very sorry that I was not able to be here personally for the meetings. Congratulations to everyone here. Thank you all!

中文副本 | English Transcript













阿里巴巴一开始那么难,什么都没有,没有人相信我们要做的事情,人人都说我们是疯子、是骗子,但究竟是什么让我们这个企业活下来?是钱吗?其实我们根本没有钱;是资源吗?我们也没有资源。 是人才吗?其实人才跑到我们公司看到这个状况都跑了。



















See Related:
Advice from Jack Ma on Life and Entrepreneurship
Jack Ma advice on how to be successful in Life
Jack Ma’s vision for Alibaba

Facing the Giants – Death Crawl Motivation Speech

Video Transcript:

Random Dude 1: Man, that’s not even funny, dude. Oh Yeah.

Random Dude 2: So, Coach, how strong is Westview this year?

Brock: A lot stronger than we are.

Coach: You already written Friday night down as a loss, Brock?

Brock: Well, not if I know we could beat them.

Coach: Come here, Brock. You too, Jeremy.

Brock: What? Am I in trouble now?

Coach: Not yet. I wanna see you do the death crawl again except I wanna see your absolute best.

Brock: What? You want me to go to the 30?

Coach: I think you can go to 50.

Brock: The 50? I can go to 50 if nobody’s on my back.

Coach: I think you can do it with Jeremy on your back, but even if you can’t I want you to promise me that you’re gonna do your best.

Brock: All right.

Coach: Your best.

Brock: OK.

Coach: You’re gonna give me your best?

Brock: I’m gonna give you my best.

Coach: All right, one more thing. I want you to do it blindfolded.

Brock: Why?

Coach: I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further. Get down. Jeremy, get on his back. Now, get a good tight hold, Jeremy. All right. Let’s go Brock. Keep your knees off the ground. Use your hands and feet. There you go. A little bit left. A little bit left. There you go. Show me good effort. Ataway, Brock. You keep coming. There you go.

Coach: It’s a good start. Little bit left. Little bit left. There you go, Brock. Good strength. That’s it, Brock. That’s it.

Brock: Am I at the 20 yet?

Coach: Forget the 20. You give me your best. You keep going. That’s it. Don’t stop Brock. You got more in you than that.

Brock: I ain’t done. Just resting a second.

Coach: You gotta keep moving. Let’s keep moving. Let’s go. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. There you go. Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving Brock. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Your very best. Your very best. YOUR VERY BEST. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. Don’t quit on me. Keep going. Keep driving it. Keep your knees off the ground. That’s it. Your very best. Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. I want everything you got. Come on, keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go.

Brock: He’s heavy.

Coach: I know.

Brock: I’m about out of strength.

Coach: Then you negotiate with your mind to find more strength, but don’t you give up on me, Brock. You keep going, you hear me? You keep going. You’re doing good. You keep going. Do not quit on me. You keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: I know it hurts. You keep going. It’s not hard from here. 30 more steps. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Keep going.

Brock: It burns.

Coach: Then let it burn.

Brock: My arms are burning.

Coach: It’s all heart. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Come on. Keep going. You promised me your best. Your best. Don’t stop. Keep going.

Brock: It’s too hard.

Coach: It’s not too hard. You keep going. Come on, Brock.Give me more. Give me more. Keep going. 20 more steps. 20 MORE. Keep going, Brock. Give me your best. Don’t quit. No. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Brock Kelley, you don’t quit. Keep going. Keep going. Go, Brock Kelley. You don’t quit on me. No, you keep going. You keep going. Go, Brock. 10 more steps. 10 more. 10 more. 10 more. Keep going. Don’t quit. Give me your heart.

Brock: I can’t do it.

Coach: You can. You can. Five more. Five more. Come on, Brock. Come on. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Come on Brock. Two more. One more.

Brock : That’s gotta be 50. That’s gotta be 50. I don’t have any more.

Coach: Look up, Brock. You’re in the end zone. Brock, you are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they. Now tell me you can’t give me more than what I’ve been seeing. You just carried a 140-pound man across this whole field on your arms. Brock, I need you. God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership. Don’t waste it.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: Can I count on you?

Brock: Yes.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: What is it, Jeremy?

Jeremy: I weigh 160.

Random Coach: All right. Who’s next?

Tribute to Muhammad Ali – Compilation of Ali’s Best Quotes

Muhammad Ali Tribute: Jan 1942 - Jun 2016

The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time
Jan 1942 – Jun 2016

Compilation of Muhammad Ali quotes across the web
(sorted based on LEN count)

  1. Don’t feel sorry for me.
  2. What keeps me going is goals.
  3. I shook up the world. Me! Whee!
  4. Superman don’t need no seat belt.
  5. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
  6. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
  7. The white man is destroying the world.
  8. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  9. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  10. My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  11. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
  12. Don’t count the days; make the days count.
  13. A man who has no imagination has no wings.
  14. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.
  15. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
  16. Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
  17. America is the greatest country in the world.
  18. I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.
  19. Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapour.
  20. No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.
  21. It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.
  22. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
  23. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.
  24. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
  25. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  26. It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
  27. I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.
  28. My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
  29. My principles are more important than the money or my title.
  30. I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.
  31. When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
  32. The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
  33. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  34. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
  35. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.
  36. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  37. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  38. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
  39. Joe Frazier got hit more than me – and he doesn’t have Parkinson’s.
  40. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  41. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
  42. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  43. Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it’s like we don’t even exist.
  44. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.
  45. Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
  46. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
  47. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
  48. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
  49. White people just don’t want their slaves to be free. That’s the whole thing.
  50. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  51. Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.
  52. Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
  53. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  54. I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
  55. Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
  56. There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
  57. It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
  58. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  59. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  60. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  61. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  62. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  63. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  64. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
  65. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.
  66. He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
  67. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  68. You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.
  69. Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
  70. Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
  71. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
  72. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
  73. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
  74. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.
  75. If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
  76. If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.
  77. I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
  78. I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
  79. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
  80. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
  81. I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
  82. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
  83. I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
  84. Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
  85. I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
  86. I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
  87. I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
  88. To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
  89. The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
  90. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.
  91. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  92. The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain’t ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month?
  93. No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.
  94. I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
  95. I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.
  96. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
  97. When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
  98. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  99. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  100. You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.
  101. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
  102. My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
  103. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.
  104. We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
  105. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.
  106. I should be a postage stamp; because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. I can’t possibly be beat.
  107. No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
  108. People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
  109. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
  110. I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
  111. I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
  112. Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.
  113. To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’
  114. 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.
  115. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it. Jesse Jackson said this as early as 1983, according to the Associated Press, and Ali used it in his 2004 book.
  116. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.
  117. God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
  118. I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the Day of Judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.
  119. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  120. Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.
  121. Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.
  122. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
  123. Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.
  124. I would say things like ‘I am the greatest! I’m pretty! If you talk jive, you’ll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I’m pretty!’ When white people heard me talking like this, some said, ‘That black man talks too much. He’s bragging.’
  125. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.
  126. The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighbourhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighbourhoods?
  127. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
  128. My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favourites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ they contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.

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VISION – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Mayday, mayday, mayday! Bravo 160 heavy. Emergency descent!

We have as humans
We have something that no animal has
And what is called is, imagination
And what imagination allows you to do
it allows you to see it
Before it actually happened

What I mean by that is
I need you to go 10 years into the future
20 years into the future
And I need you to see yourself
Actually becoming the person you want to be

You gotta live in the forward

Block the whole world out
Put some music on
Some classical music
Right, the piano music
I don’t know what you need to listen to
But I want you to take 30 minutes
Go in the closet, go in the basement
Go to the library, go into a room alone.
And I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you to imagine
I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you live in the forward

See the problem is
I’m talking to some of you guys
The problem that you’re having is
You’re living in the future and you’re living in the present
And you keep talking about the mistakes
And you keep talking about the past
And you keep talking about your trials
And you keep talking about your situation

And I want you to know
That everybody that has ever been great
Everybody has had a obstacle to overcome
They had a barrier that they had to climb
There is no individual who’s ever reached success
And he didn’t have to go through
A obstacle or a barrier to get there
I need you to live in the future
I need you to go in your future every single day
I need you to go in your future
I need you to see what you’re going to be

Listen to me
What you are to be, you are now becoming
So you gotta use your imagination
And your imagination has to take you beyond the pain
Your imagination has to take you beyond the trouble
Your imagination has to take you to the next level
We have to see ourselves there long before it happens

The second rule is
We’ve gotta embrace faith
I had to have faith and believe that the thing that I see
10 years from now
20 years from now
That one day that thing is gonna be successful

When I was homeless at 16
I could have quit
When I was homeless
I could have given up
There were many a day that I thought about
Commiting suicide

But I said to myself
“E just keep imagining, keep thinking, keep seeing”
Keep seeing what you’re not now
But what you’re going to be
Sometimes it’s gonna be hard
Sometimes you gonna look all around you
And nowhere do you see success
Nowhere do you see anything that
Remotely looks like success
But you gotta embrace

Number 2: You gotta embrace the faith
You gotta believe that
Although it’s not happening right now
If you keep pressing
If you keep pushing, guess what?
One day is gonna be your day
That’s right
I need you to say that with me
One day is gonna be your day
Embrace the faith
You gotta be able to see it and believe it
When there is no evidence around you
When there is no evidence around you
When you got pain in your life, when you are tired
When you feel like giving up
And you feel like quitting
When you look around you
And you don’t see anything that looks anything like success
You gotta embrace the faith
And believe that one day is gonna be my day
But one day can’t be your day if you give up
If you quit
If you quit, no day will ever be your day

I want you to fail forward
That’s right. I said it. Fail forward.
I want you to get to a place in your life
That every mistake you make
Every setback you get
Right, every obstacle that you don’t overcome
Every barrier you can’t climb
I don’t want you to give up
But I want you to fail forward

You gotta learn from your mistakes
That every mistake you make
You failed that class? Get back up and try again!
You lose a job? Get back up and try again!
You put all your money in an investment?
Get back and try again!
If you start a business and it don’t work
Don’t stop, don’t quit!
Fail forward
Learn from each and every one of your mistakes

Don’t quit. Don’t give up
Listen to me. Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
If it gets hard, you tie a knot around yourself
You double tie it if you have to, but you hold on
But I want you to know, you’ll never reach your goal
You’ll never reach your dreams
If you don’t use your imagination

So when you failed that class
Don’t drop it
When you failed that class don’t just stop going
You’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
Because I want you to know something
When you start that class over the next semester
You won’t be starting from scratch
You won’t be starting from the bottom
Because you were all the way up here when you quit
And now all you gotta do is go a little further
And a little further
So keep reaching
Keep climbing

But it started with a vision

Is not real
The only place that fear can exist
Is in our thoughts of the future
It is a product of our imagination
Causing us to fear things
That do not, at present and may not ever, exist
Fear is a choice

Only those who risk going too far
Can possibly find out how far one can go

I want your dream be so clear
That when you wake up in the morning
All you gotta do is step in your dream

And the first step for me
Was seeing something I was not before I was

You can do it
Where you are is temporary
You will not be there for rest of your life

I don’t care what happens in your life
I don’t care what it looks like
I don’t care where you are
Every single day you wake up
If you’re gonna have energy
If you’re gonna have passion
If you’re gonna have drive
Every day you wake up
You gotta start with that vision

This is the mentally like
You gotta live this
You gotta eat this
Every single thing you do
It’s not a cute saying
It is a way of life
It’s got to possess everything you do
It’s got to own you

There’s no reason to have a plan B
Because it distracts from plan A

I want to see how far I can go
I want to see what I can accomplish
I want to see what I can do
What I can be
What I can have. I want to see.
I don’t want to see what I think I can do
I don’t want to see what I think is possible
I wanna see what my life will look like
If I don’t count the cost
And I was willing to go further
Than anybody was willing to

One problem
The violin
Because to do what you do
You have got to be a world class violinist
Because if you don’t
When you’re moving around
Being thrown around and still trying to play
You end up doing what you did
That is missing loads of notes
And there were times when it sounded to me
Like a bunch of rats being strangled.
Seriously, that bad.
But you’re not good enough, I don’t think
To get away with flying through the air
And trying to play the violin at the same time

I don’t think what you’re doing right now
Is enough to fill a theater in Vegas

That much movement made you not as great as you were
Made you not as great as you were

Anytime there’s a change to be made
You have to realize that
There is somewhere else you wanna be
And I want to basically be happy

You can’t do anything without faith
it’s impossible to accomplish anything without faith
So i need you to believe
There is still time
As long there is a breath in your nostrils
As long as you can wake up in the morning

The first step
Before anybody else in the world believes it
Is you have to believe it
So I need you to believe

Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling
you got to go through to get where you wanna get
Who’s got the right to stop you?
I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished
Something you really want to do
Something you never said to someone, something…
And you’re told no, even after you paid your dues?
Who’s got the right to tell you that, who?
It’s your right to listen to your gut
It ain’t nobody’s right to say no
After you earned the right to be where you want to be
And do what you want to do

You gotta do what you was called to do
You gotta do what you was born to do
You gotta do what works for you
Because if you do what works for you
you’re gonna blow up!

It’s in your DNA!
It’s who you are!

Even if you get knocked down
You get back up, you get back up, you get back up
And you continue to throw shit against the wall!

You have a vision, but listen to me
You are where you are because of who you are
And if you’re going to get somewhere else
You’re gonna have to change something

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