Since he first fought his way to public attention, Muhammad Ali has been regarded as the most charismatic and polarizing athletes of all time. At 22, he came out of nowhere to become heavyweight champion of the world, but he was soon stripped of his title and exiled from the ring because he refused to fight in the Vietnam War.
It took 3 years for the ban to be lifted. In an Epic comeback, he beat the odds, to become champion of the world again. He was never afraid to speak his mind about sports, politics, race, religion or life in general. His stance on many sensitive issues caused a lot of controversy, but also made him the inspiring larger than life figure he is today.
Below we have picked Muhammad Ali’s 10 most motivational quotes:
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
― Muhammad Ali
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
― Muhammad Ali
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
― Muhammad Ali
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
― Muhammad Ali
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
― Muhammad Ali
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
― Muhammad Ali
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
― Muhammad Ali
“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
― Muhammad Ali
“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
― Muhammad Ali
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
I leave you with a bonus quote that should encourage you to be ambitious and think big. Its is longer, but it’s so amazing, almost every part can be quoted:
“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.”
To learn more about Ali’s mindset I recommend everyone to read The Greatest: My Own Story. In his excellent autobiography, Ali reveals a good deal about himself. This book does a great job of going inside Ali’s mind. Reading the book feels like sitting with Ali alone and hearing him answer all the questions you ever wanted to ask him.
Prince’s Cause of Death Officially Revealed as an Opioid Overdose
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 22: Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Since legendary singer Prince passed on a couple of months ago there have been speculations about the cause of death.
The results from the autopsy carried out have been leaked and according to AP, a law-enforcement official says that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
Opioids are medications that relieve pain like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and others.
8 young badass women of African Literature you should be crushing on
Are you in need of some funny, beautiful, brave, soulful, and clever women from African literature who have won the hearts of readers?
Here are some attractive young badass women of African Literature that you should totally start crushing on.
And of course, if you think I left out a particularly crush-worthy woman, please let me know in the comments!
1. Helen Oyeyemi
I am a huge fan of Helen Oyeyemi and she is the youngest on this list. Born 10 December 1984, Oyeyemi, a Nigerian wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels. In 2013 she was included in the Granta Best Young British Novelists list.
She has 5 published novels to her credit (The Icarus Girl (2005), The Opposite House (2007), White is for Witching (2009), Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014).
NoViolet whose real name is Elizabeth Zandile Tshele was born 12 October 1981. She is a Zimbabwean author whose debut novel entitled We Need New Names was released in 2013, and was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prizeshortlist. This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
She also won the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award among other accolades.
Maaza Mengiste born 1971, is an Ethiopian-American writer. Her debut novel, the award-winning Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was named one of the 10 best contemporary African books by The Guardian. Mengiste is a Fulbright Scholar and World Literature Today’s 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow.
She has so many awards to her credit including an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award.
4. Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani
Adaobi (born in 1976) is a Nigerian and the first contemporary African writer on the global stage to have got an international book deal while still living in Nigeria (her home country).
Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to you by Chance, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa), a Betty Trask First Book award, and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of 2009.
5. Lola Shoneyin
Born 26 February 1974, Titilola Atinuke Alexandrah Shoneyin is a Nigerian poet and author who whose debut novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, was Longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize. The book also won the 2011 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and won two Association of Nigerian Authors Awards.
Lola is married to Olaokun Soyinka, a medical doctor and the son of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
The only lightskinned African on the list, Lauren Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and television scriptwriter. Born 5 June 1976, She is the author of The Shining Girls a book that won The Strand Magazine Critic’s Best Novel Award, the RT Thriller of the Year, Exclusive Books’ Readers Choice Award, and South Africa’s most prestigious literary award, The University of Johannesburg Prize.
The TV rights for the novel have been acquired by MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way according to The Hollywood Reporter.
7. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda is perhaps the most popular contemporary African author. Born 15 September 1977, Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. Her third novel, Americanah (2013), was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013.
Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prizefor Best First Book (2005).
Petina Gappah born 1971, is a Zimbabwean-born writer whose first book, An Elegy for Easterly, a story collection, has been described as “a collection of stories about every layer of Zimbabwean culture. It was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and it also won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009.
Ramos, Ronaldo, Zidane break world records as Real Madrid win 11th UCL
Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have inked their names in the history books again, as Real Madrid win its 11th UEFA Champions league.
Ramos became the first defender in history to score in two UEFA champions league finals, while Ronaldo edged-out his archrival, Lionel Messi, to become a player with three goals from three different UCL finals.
According to UEFA, “Ronaldo has also broken clear of Lionel Messi in the all-time UEFA Champions League goalscoring stakes, with 93 to his name compared with the Barcelona man’s 83 – both players having begun the campaign on 77 goals. Ronaldo leads Messi 94–83 in the European Cup overall, including qualifying, for the competition’s 61 seasons”.
Zidane joined two enviable companies, as he became the seventh man in history, to have won the UCL as a player and as a coach. He also became the eight man ever, to have won the UCL in his first coaching season at a club.
Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalty kicks after extra time to win its record eleventh UCL.
The game had ended in a one all scoreline and Ronaldo scored the winning kick after Juanfran missed for Atletico.
Real Madrid drew first blood in the fifteenth minutes as a foul saw them awarded a free-kick just inside the Atletico half.
Gareth Bale, always dangerous in the air flicks it on and Sergio Ramos just got enough on it to put it between Oblak’s legs.
The set-piece looked planned and came off perfectly. Real led 1-0.
Real Madrid were so close to killing off the game and scoring in the 79th minutes but it was Atletico who equalised!
Ronaldo and Bale were denied at close range but Atletico substitute Carrasco went up the other end and turned in an excellent volleyed cross from Juanfran for the equaliser.
It was a masterpiece decision by Simeone as the Belgian substitute threw the game open with Atletico looking more determined and dangerous.
Ronaldo however missed what could have finished off the game in the 83rd minute as Real Madrid continued to look vulnerable till the final whistle for regulation time.
Ronaldo had the first opportunity of extra time in the 95th minute from a lovely delivery by Luca Modric but his effort was deflected into the arms of Atletico Goalkeeper Oblak.
Real Madrid had a golden opportunity in the 120th minutes to finnish off the game but missed it.
You’re 52yrs old, Johnny Depp and it’s time to start acting like it
His wife of 15 months filed for divorce on May 22nd and now everyone has an opinion about the 52 year old legendary actor. Below is what UK Daily Mail’s Editor-at-Large, Pierce Morgan thinks…
Dear John(ny), It’s time for an intervention. As your latest marriage, to actress Amber Heard, collapses in ugly high-profile divorce after just 15 months, your moment of reckoning has arrived. We don’t know each other, but I feel like I know you better than perhaps you currently know yourself. The problem with being a movie star of such magnitude is that it’s often very easy to disappear up inside the self-adulatory bowels of one’s own ‘genius’.
We’re a year apart in age – you’re 52, I’m 51 – but we’re a world apart in every other way.
You look in the mirror each morning, and you see Johnny Depp, impossibly handsome, absurdly sexy, ludicrously gifted, hugely popular global star.
I look in the mirror each morning, and see Piers Morgan, sadly lurking at a slightly different end of the impossibly handsome, absurdly sexy, ludicrously gifted, hugely popular global star spectrum.
So I get it, I can see why it must be bloody difficult to be even vaguely normal when every man you meet wants to go for a beer with you, and every woman wants to go to bed with you.
The sheer volume of painfully sycophantic guff which must spew your way in every waking hour of the day would tip most of us over the edge of humility.
You go to Starbucks and everyone sighs, faints or just stands, glass-eyed and paralysed, reciting the words ‘It’s Johnny f**ing Depp!’ over and over like a demented love-struck robot.
But the problem with fame on your level is it often becomes poisonously corrosive.
It takes your soul and crushes it into a broken slab of deadened vacuity.
When you can have sex with whomever you like and party with your fellow louche heroes like Keith Richards, Marilyn Manson and the late Hunter S Thompson whenever you desire, the fun of real life ceases to exist.
No more thrill of the chase, no more joy in the quiet, solid friendship of somebody non-famous.
I remember when you played the older, LSD-addled Thompson in the movie of his iconic book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and he told you after seeing it, “it was like an eerie trumpet call over a lost battlefield.”
That’s going to be you, Johnny, if you’re not very, very careful; an aimless bugler looking back with nothing but regret for what he should and could have done to win the battle of life.
I’ve no idea what happened between you and Amber, and I don’t care.
It’s your marriage, your business.
But I could sense it was doomed from the moment I saw that pathetic video you released after the now infamous dog-smuggling case in Australia.
Your joint thespian egos conspired to secretly bring your Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo on your private jet into a country which has had big problems with rabies.
The punishment for ‘normal’ people in such cases is rightly draconian: a heavy fine and prison sentence of up to ten years.
After Amber was charged with various offences, you joked you’d killed your dogs and eaten them ‘under direct orders from some kind of sweaty big-gutted man from Australia.’
Despite this appalling, justice-mocking arrogance, she escaped with a $1000 fine and a one-month ‘good behaviour’ bond.
Rather than be eternally grateful to Australia’s star-worshipping judges, you instead chose to mock them again by filming a self-promoting parody apology with Amber.
I didn’t find it funny.
I just saw a pair of insincere fakes being insincere fakes. Carry that theme into a marriage and the words ‘happy ever after’ seem highly unlikely.
What I did laugh at, though, was your ridiculous voice.
You were born in Kentucky and raised in Florida. Where the hell did that absurd, slow-talking baritone drawl come from?
Oh yes, I know: your hero, Marlon Brando, in the Godfather.
You want us to think you’re Don Corleone because it doesn’t get any cooler in your eyes than being Don Corleone.
But here’s the problem, Johnny: you’re getting less and less cool by the day.
‘I’m kicking 50 right up the a**,’ you declared just before you arrived at your half century.
But instead, it appears that entering your 50s is kicking YOU right up the a**.
Your ‘look’ – the old battered fedoras, rotting leather jackets, stained and duct-taped jeans, skull rings on the fingers, myriad tattoos and dishevelled goatee – is now so tired I want to give it a pillow.
Your looks, once so fiercely fresh and youthful, have turned the way they usually do when a man hits our age: puffy and middle-aged. You’re still way better looking than me, but you’re not the Adonis you once were.
You’ve morphed into Mickey Rourke light, without the facial scarring.
As for your acting, you’re still very good as you recently proved in the excellent Black Mass, but you’re not, I fear, as good as you think you are or as you once were.
Off camera, I suspect the problem is simpler: you never stop acting.
You told Rolling Stone magazine last year: ‘Covering myself in makeup, it’s easier to look at someone else’s face than your own. Jesus, you wake up in the morning and you brush your teeth and you’re like, “Ugh, that f**er again? You’re still here? What do YOU want?” Hiding, I think it’s important. It’s important for whatever’s left of your sanity.’
Then you solved the mystery of that ridiculous voice, revealing that you constantly hear Brando’s own voice in your ear, growling, saying: ‘F**k it, you don’t need this s**t.’
But remember what happened to Brando; he became a fat, bloated, weird loner who married three times, fathered 16 children, and ended up being driven by Michael Jackson around the singer’s Neverland fantasy home in an oxygen-stocked golf cart.
That way madness lies, Johnny. Utter, self-delusional, narcissistic insanity.
Don’t do it to yourself.
There comes a time in every buccaneer’s life when you have to stop being a pirate.
A time when the cutlass has to be put back in its sheath, the eye-patch discarded and the favoured refrain of ‘Yo, ho, me hearties!’ as you plunge into yet another debauched Vegas-style orgy is finally confined to the vault marked ‘Gloriously Debauched History’.
You’re a 52-year old father of two now, it’s time to behave like one.
Find your voice again, Johnny. Your real one, whatever that is.
In fact, go one better: find yourself again.
Stop running, stop hiding, stop slapping on that make-up to mask who you really are.
Otherwise, you’ll end up not just sounding like a sad old Marlon Brando tribute act, but being one.
The common perception, when we’re talking about sexual infidelity, is that men are always stepping out on the women in their lives. Needless to say, this idea is antiquated at best. In reality, women are just as likely to cheat as men. That said, men and women tend to think about their infidelity in very different ways and to have very distinct reasons for doing it.
For starters, men are much more likely to seek a purely objectified experience—sex with no strings attached. Meanwhile, women are much more likely to be interested in sex that includes (or at least hints at) some sort of emotional connection. In one study, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher looked at married men and women who were actively cheating on their spouses. She found that 34 percent of the women were happily married, as compared to 56 percent of the men.
Of course, the need for emotional connection is only one among many reasons that women cheat—though it is often paramount. Other motivations include:
1. They are combating low self-esteem.
In such cases, they seek external validation through romantic and sexual intrigue. If they are wanted romantically and sexually, they feel worthwhile, desirable, needed, etc.
2. They have unrealistic expectations about what their primary partner should provide.
They think their significant other should fulfill their every whim and desire, 24/7/365. When this expectation is not met, they seek external satisfaction.
3. They want some extra sizzle in their life.
They miss the neurochemical rush of meeting someone new, flirting with that person, and being sexual for the first time. They find their ongoing relationship predictable and maybe a tiny bit boring, so they grab some excitement elsewhere.
4. They’re unhappy in their current relationship.
There may be a lack of intimacy (a lack of emotional connection, as discussed above), there may be a lack of sex (for any number of reasons), their mate might not be around enough to satisfy their physical and emotional needs, or things might just be falling apart as relationships sometimes do. In such cases, they might cheat to see if there is something better out there or to line up someone new before they end their current relationship.
5. They feel neglected and lonely at home.
Typically, such women feel more like a nanny, a maid, a mother, or a financial provider than an equal and valued life partner. As such, they use romance and sex outside their primary relationship to fill the emotional void.
6. They’re angry and want revenge.
Usually, these women act out in response to a betrayal by their partner. Their partners may have cheated, or spent money without asking for their opinion, or made an important life decision without including them in the process. Out of anger, these women might seek extracurricular sex—and they usually don’t try to hide it.
7. They lack female social support.
Much more than men, women need same-gender social support. Sometimes women, especially those who experienced maternal abuse or neglect, undervalue this need. And they simultaneously overvalue the attention of men. This may lead to cheating.
8. They’re addicted.
Sometimes women have an issue with alcohol or drugs, and these substances affect their decision making, leading to impulsive sexual decisions. Other times they are sexually and/or romantically addicted, using sex and romance compulsively as ways to escape unwanted feelings. (This desire for distraction and escape also drives substance addictions.)
As with men who cheat, there is typically no single driving force for infidelity. That said, there is always another option. Women don’t lose the ability to make decisions for themselves simply because they’re bored, or their mother neglected them, or their husband bought a new car without asking.
Alternative choices include: talking about feelings with close female friends, sharing in therapy, going to couples counseling as a way to improve the relationship, and, most importantly, simply being honest with a significant other about what’s going on.
Motivational Quotes: If you’re not on the right path, get off it
Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
Too often, we end up doing things that don’t really work for us. If a certain thing didn’t work the first time and still failed a second time, may be you are better off without it. When you have started a book and you don’t really feel like reading it, do not finish it just because you think you should.
This life is really short and if you want to make something out of it, you need to do things that work, things that you are meant to do. Life is all about walking the extra mile, looking for that happiness which you deserve. Sometimes, you may have to do something you don’t really like so that you can finally have that which you have always wanted.
Life isn’t about settling down with what you have. It is about going out with a hunger to attain that which you want. There was a time in my life when I got really complacent. I did what everyone asked me to do and I had no real aspirations of my own. However, soon I realized that I was not answerable to anyone. I didn’t have to eat something if I didn’t like it. If I didn’t want to read a book, I could abandon it. So, I brought in major changes in my life. I learned that there are things which are to be done for the satisfaction of your inner soul. When your soul is happy, it will help you fly higher and live the kind of life which will leave a trail of happiness around.
So, live your life, grab the choices and do what your heart wants you to do. You will be able to enjoy life the way it is meant to. You are not a robot who simply follows the instructions, carve your own path and leave a happy trail.
Motivational Quotes: Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion
Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
In order to be successful, you need to constantly keep trying. You should not expect to miraculously wake up one day and find that you have tasted success. If you really do desire to be successful, the fire to perform needs to be ingrained in you right from the very start.
You should never question if you will succeed. Your part is to keep trying relentlessly day in and day out. When you have done your part, you will find that the journey is going to be exhilarating. You will begin to see the kind of success which you have always wanted to enjoy.
I remember a point of time in my life when I was not sure of myself. I was going through self esteem issues and I ended up doubting my own skills and capabilities. It had really pushed me down the road of failure. I thought that if I was meant to succeed, fate and destiny would show me the way. However, I soon realized that I was the maker of my own destiny. If I really wanted to bring in the changes, I have no one but myself to help. So, I started trying, every day, every week and every month. I stopped questioning myself and I knew that success was the only destination and there is no alternative choice for me.
Today, I am happy at how successful I am in my life. I have managed to make a life for myself and I live it on my own terms. I no longer worry about whether or not I will succeed because I know that if I keep on trying, keep on chasing my dreams without the fear of failing, sooner or later, I am going to kiss success. In order to succeed, you need to believe in yourself and you need to always strive to make a mark. Then, you will work it out, always!
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
Don’t we all desire to look young all throughout our life? Every human heart craves to be beautiful, but are you really prepared to do what it takes to stay forever young. When you’re 20, you would have a natural beauty because your face is young and you feel alive and awesome. However, it is the way you take care of yourself when you’re 20 that will shape who you are and who you become when you are fifty.
I realized in my twenties that if I didn’t eat right, by the time, I will be thirty; I will detest my own refection in the mirror. Look at Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford or the ever young and stylish Madonna. They seem to have defied the laws of age because they still look like they are drinking the fountain of youth.
They were my inspiration and so I am very particular of the food I eat, the exercises I perform. I start my day with yoga and today, as I am approaching 30; I still smile at the way I look. Being young is a choice and you need to do your bit to stay the same.
At 20, you may be reckless and pay no heed to your skin. Maybe, you would get off with it, but as time passes your beauty will begin to fade. If you want to look stunning and young even when age is catching up on you, the work needs to be done right in your prime. I did my bit and I am happy at the reflection that stares back at me in my mirror. Eat right, smile more, exercise and you will always look young. When you are fifty but you look like 20, the compliments you will get will make you feel like you could rule the world.