Muhammad Ali, famously known as ‘The Greatest,’ bestowed this title upon himself, and the entire world eventually embraced it. It was evident to all that Ali possessed unique qualities inside and outside the boxing ring.
His journey to prominence among boxing enthusiasts began with his victory in the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he clinched an Olympic gold medal. However, according to his daughter Rasheda Ali, it was not merely his Olympic triumph or financial gains that defined his ‘success.’
According to a report by Essentially Sports, following his Olympic triumph, Ali went on to claim numerous world titles. In addition to his boxing prowess, his exceptional ability to verbally spar with his opponents became a winning formula that only a few could emulate in the sport.
However, there was something more profound driving his achievements. Despite not being born in an era of lucrative athlete endorsement deals, Ali secured sponsorships with prominent companies such as Chevrolet, Under Armour, Pizza Hut, Adidas, Wheaties, Coke, Gatorade, and Toyota, after retiring from boxing. His magnetic presence swiftly transformed him into a global brand.
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During an appearance on the UP-CLOSE show on YouTube, Rasheda Ali shared insights from her childhood, recalling how she would constantly assist others. Muhammad Ali firmly believed that the ultimate purpose of every individual in life is to serve others. This value was deeply ingrained in the Ali household. Rasheda Ali aims to instill these values in her own children, recognizing their importance in carrying forward her father’s legacy.
“And I think that’s the key when you look at the formula of success. It’d be just that, to serve others,”
“When people look at Muhammad Ali and what made him successful, they can- most of them will agree that he was a humanitarian and he served others his whole entire life, and I think that’s what made him successful,” she said