If you are one of those people who feel compelled to put your thoughts down on paper (like I do) there are no shortage of sources to draw ideas from.
Since I started publishing online about years ago, I have produced just under 400 separate articles, which cover 62 different topics. To date, I’ve had just under 250,000 “hits” on those articles at various places around the world, and I’ve been read in something like 100 countries, some of which I have never heard from. After the United States, the 2nd most common place my writings have been in is Russia. More than likely, some of my thoughts have been read by employees of the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-backed troll farm that placed fake Facebook ads during the 2016 election campaign.
Yesterday, I monitored an English class at a local high school, and wound up playing the YouTube video of Oprah Winfrey’s visit to Auschwitz with Elie Weisel in 2006. It’s a very powerful film, and it almost inspired me to write about it. However, since I viewed it on the same day as the United States dedicated its new (and ill-advised) new embassy in Jerusalem, I decided that I had had enough bad news for the day.
The idea from the title shown above came to me in a dream, and it wasn’t the first time that I have gotten ideas that way.
When I was still in high school, a brash young man names Cassius Clay became the WBA, WBC, and lineal heavyweight championships at the tender age of 22. He loudly proclaimed “I am the greatest”, and he BRIEFLY had the admiration of a large number of people.
Not long after winning his championship, he converted to Islam, and changed his named to Muhammad Ali, which infuriated a bunch of his fans. Two years later, he refused induction into the U.S. military, which caused him to be stripped of his titles for 5 years, at which time his titles were reinstated by the Supreme Court.
Ali was one of the leading 20th century boxers, and remains the ONLY three time lineal heavyweight champion. After his retirement at the age of 39, Ali focused on religion and charity, and eventually helped feed more than 22,000,000 people affected by hunger.
If we expand beyond Muhammad Ali, what exactly DOES make a person the greatest?
Scholars still debate whether Michael Jordan or Lebron James is the greatest basketball player, or whether Tiger Woods is still the greatest golfer, or Abe Lincoln is still the best president.
Not all “the great ones” are as bodacious as Ali was, but people that are “the greatest” share two qualities.
(1) They are confident
(2) They are persistent
Cassius Clay started boxing at the age of 12, and won an Olympic gold medal when he was only 18 years old. During his boxing career, he beat 21 boxers for the world heavyweight title, and is the only boxer to be named fighter of the year six times by Ring magazine.
Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity team when he was a sophomore in high school, but was cut from the team. Determined to prove his worth, Jordan trained vigorously, and became the star of the junior varsity tram. The following hear, he made the varsity team. When he was a senior, he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team. In college, he selected to the NCAA All-American First team, and was drafter by the NBA before he graduated. Eventually, he led the Chicago Bulls to six national championships. In his retirement years, he became the first former player to become the majority owner of an NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Despite the team’s dismal record, its ownership (along with his lucrative sponsorships) allowed Jordan to become the first former athlete to become a billionaire. As of March, 2018, his net wroth is $1.65 billion.
Tiger Woods started playing golf before he was 2 years old, and played against Bob Hope in a television show when he was 3. Starting in 1988, when he was 13, he won the Junior World Golf Championships, which he went on to win 5 more times. At the age of 15, he became the youngest winner ever of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. At the age of 19, he became the youngest ever U.S. Amateur, and a year later, he turned pro. At the age of 21, he became the youngest ever winner of the Masters at Augusta, Georgia.
His awards and records are almost too numerous to mention, but they are all listed in the link shown below. He is also the 2nd person known to walk on water.
Despite personal and physical setbacks, Tiger Woods is still competing today, and he has an accumulated net worth of $740 million.
Abe Lincoln is consistently ranked the best president America has ever had, but he had NUMEROUS setbacks before he was elected president in 1860, including being defeated for public office on six different occasions.
We’re all good at some things, and terrible at other things, but all of us are capable of greatness if we set our minds to it. If you have any doubts at all about that, consider the story of J.K. Rowling, whose story is listed below.
Before her first Harry Potter book was published, she was a single mom living on state benefits. With the success of the Harry Potter series, she became the first writer in history to become a billionaire. Even though she has given enough of her fortune away to charity to lose her billionaire status, she is STILL worth 600 million British Pounds, (about $800 million U.S.)
Remember- YOU are the greatest, which is why YOU were Time magazines person of the year in 2006.