But not because of his talent. Although, he was talented, it wasn’t the secret to his BIGG success.
Not because of his physical strength. Although, he was definitely strong.
He became the heavyweight champion of the world because of his heart.
And the fight inside him.
Muhammad Ali talked about this in his wonderful book, The Greatest. He shares what was going through his mind when we fought Frazier.
Frazier didn’t stop. He just kept coming.
Ali hit him. Hard. Again and again.
Frazier didn’t slow down. He stayed right there. As if nothing had happened.
Ali had a longer reach. Frazier didn’t care; he stayed close to Ali so reach didn’t matter.
Ali was arguably a better boxer. Frazier was a fighter. But he fought like no one else.
Ali kept slugging him. A right. A left. A jab. A hook.
He landed punch after punch. But Frazier stood strong.
Ali finally realized that this guy was not going down. Sure, he may fall.
In fact, Howard Cosell made one of his falls famous: “Down goes Frazier.”
But it wasn’t the falls that made him a BIGG winner.
Sure, he fell down. But he rose up.
He fell down. He rose again.
Joe Frazier would not let go down on the canvas. He would struggle to get up. He would fight to keep fighting to the finish.
Because he had the heart of a champion.
Because he had the fight inside of him to fight to the finish.
He didn’t know he would win. Nobody does.
He only that he wouldn’t quit. Nothing and nobody could ever take that away from him.
Joe Frazier demonstrated an essential component of BIGG success. As a fighter in a different ring once said:
“Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
~ Steve Jobs
You will get knocked down. Everybody does.
The singe biggest difference between winners and losers is how many times they get up.
Because one time makes all the difference.
Winners get up one more time than losers.
It is “the size of the fight in the dog” that really matters after all.
Do you have the fight to be a BIGG success?
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