Muhammad Ali’s Secret To Insane Confidence
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Muhammad Ali’s Secret To Insane Confidence

August 25, 2019


Muhammad Ali was one of the most outspoken self
promoters in sports history. He said that he was the greatest all the time. You would
think that that confidence would be construed as arrogance, yet Ali was one of the most
beloved sports icons we’ve ever known. Today we’re going to look at what made him such
a remarkable man and how he was supremely confident without coming off as too arrogant
and how we can make the kind of impact he did on the people around us. The first thing you have to note about Muhammad
Ali is that he could trash talk like no other. Ali predicted he’d crush every fighter he
ever fought and he usually did, but you never heard him say, “I respect his talent. I’ve
been training hard and, I think, I’m gonna come out on top.” It was always about how
the guy he was fighting was a total bum and was about to get whooped. Obviously, this
runs the risk of coming off as extremely arrogant, but Ali pulled this bravado off while remaining
very likable. And it was primarily because his confidence was real, but his arrogance
was performed. And you knew he was kind of joking when he
made ridiculous and funny statements like this. The rhyming, the exaggerated bragging, the
humor, these are things that let the audience know it’s all just a performance. We know
Ali didn’t really think he was going to go to jail or that he was faster than lightning.
And because we can see that he’s partially kidding, we can forgive the boasting. So the lesson here is that if you’re going
to brag, it is actually less obnoxious when you take it to the extreme. If you can take
it so far to the extreme that people laugh, then bragging can even become something that
people like about you, and I’ve seen Kevin Hart make this same type of joke often. You see there? Just an example, but that kind
of exaggerated boasting can actually make people like you more, and that’s how it was
with Ali. But let’s be clear, talk without walk means nothing. A huge portion of Ali’s
charisma comes from the fact that he was super humanly talented. He backed up what he said.
Look at how good he was. Ali was so good that sometimes he looked like
he had actual super powers. So if you’re going to brag, make sure that
you’re doing it over the top, to the point of humor. But if you want to convey honest
confidence that inspires people, make sure you can back it up. As much confidence as
Ali had, and as much as he showed, he was just as good in the ring, but that wasn’t
everything that Ali had. He was also a dominant force in every interaction.
Watch here how he completely ignores the reporter, telling him that he isn’t pretty, and delivers
one of his most iconic lines. This kind of interaction might look insignificant,
but it happens all the time and it is very important. It is a clash of frames. We’ve
talked about this before in different videos on Tyrion if you want to check that out. But,
right here, Ali’s frame says that he should be doing the talking. The reporter’s frame
says that Ali should listen because he’s asking questions. Those two frames collide and Ali,
as always, comes out on top. The winner of any frame collision is going
to be the person who believes their frame more, but watch here to see the subtleties of how
that is communicated. I want you to pay attention to three things. First, how Ali doesn’t look at the reporter,
but the reporter looks at him. Second, how Ali doesn’t respond to what the reporter says,
but the reporter responds to him. And, third, how the reporter tries to physically pull
Ali towards him, but Ali doesn’t budge. That took about 8 seconds, which is as long
as it takes for him to be a winner in the frame game. These short little frame collisions
happen all the time throughout your day in tons of different ways. And what’s remarkable
is that from what I can tell, Muhammad Ali always stayed firmly rooted in his own frame.
When we see that kind of conviction, we can’t help but be drawn to it. Here’s just another little example that you
might relate to. When two people go to give different styles of handshakes, watch how
Ali maintains his frame. Ali isn’t trying to be a jerk. In fact, he was
very playful throughout this interview, but he has grown accustomed to setting the tone
of the interaction. Pay attention in your own life, in subtle little ways, who do you
make adjustments for and who do you stick to your guns with? That’s a pretty clear indication
of who the leader is in any sort of relationship. Now, there is no problem with taking a follower
role sometimes, but in certain situations like sales pitches, interviews, even dates,
you are usually going to benefit from being the leader, so those frame games become very
important. Ali was so confident, had such a strong frame,
that he seemingly had no fear of being honest. That might not seem like a big deal, but most
people are extremely afraid of what others would think of them if they were totally real.
Have you ever been in a conversation, pretended to know something you didn’t, so you wouldn’t
look stupid? Look at how Ali handled that exact type of situation. Admitting what you don’t know, especially when you want to come
across as intelligent, takes serious guts. It shows leadership and courage. Similarly,
had you ever bit your tongue when you disagreed with someone who was telling you how wrong you
were? Look how Ali handled that kind of situation. It’s not just his skill at boxing, but this,
that made Muhammad Ali an icon. Agree or disagree with him, you knew exactly what he stood for.
You knew exactly how he felt because he told you to your face. That kind of unreserved
honesty draws people like a magnet because it shows that unlike almost everyone else, Ali
wasn’t afraid of the consequences of the truth. Here, he’s speaking about his refusal to fight
in Vietnam. If you don’t know the background, the short of the story is that Ali refused
to fight in Vietnam when he was drafted based on his religious beliefs as a Muslim. Now, keep
in mind, he’s a Black Muslim man in the 1960’s in America. This is a huge, huge thing. Now you might not agree with Ali’s religious
beliefs or his refusal to fight in the Vietnam war, but when you see someone standing up
to authority and social convention because at the time, Vietnam was still pretty well
supported. You can’t help but respect that person’s conviction. Most people blow whichever way social norms
take them, and when we find someone rooted firmly in their own beliefs, who is willing
to suffer the consequences of stating and standing up for what he believed in, part
of us loves them for their bravery. So if you take only one thing from this video,
make it this. Think of something you believe in that you might be hiding from the people
around you and stop hiding it. You don’t have to push your beliefs on others, but stand
up for what you believe, even when it’s inconvenient for you. It might feel like that would alienate
you from everyone, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do to build self-esteem
and radiate charisma. If you’re curious what some of the other things
that can help you radiate charisma, there are actually four things in total in a first
impression. And, unfortunately, most people do this completely wrong. They make the mistake
in the order and butcher their first impression. So, if you’re curious what those things are
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  1. I have evolved through different stages and phase. Maybe you can address it. I was EXTREMELY introverted and shy. But then gradually became outlandish, boisterous, charismatic and loud. Alpha. But then realized loudest people brings unwanted attention as much alpha and charismatic he is. So I decided to be grey man and subdued. Unfortunately that regressed me back to passive ways. Now watching this clip I miss those alpha days of mine.

    Question… LOL! How do I strike the perfect balance?

  2. On TV he came across to much of the country as a arrogant braggart and many rooted against him.  But everybody who knew him loved him.  Waylon Jennings said Ali was his favorite person of all time and let Ali use his tour bus to drive to Louisville to visit his mother when he came to Shooter's christening.  George Foreman, who Ali knocked out has said several times he loved him.

  3. Secret is, work hard and be the best at what your doing, and all your boasting will be taken as confidence.

  4. I would recommend that no one tries and impersonate Ali, he was a one off special historical figure. The fact that he was a 3 time World Heavyweight champion tends to get peoples attention and respect

  5. 1:39 this scene, this music… I know it is a tribute video of Muhammad Ali. I search it a long time but can't find it. I listened an watched every time as I was 13 years old and so motivated to be a boxer. Can anyone help me to find the video it would be so awesome

  6. 2:46 ' a fuselage of punches' …?.nis he in an airplane ?did he mean a barrage? was the London, WW2 theme getting away from him because I thought extreme American public school retardation didn't set in until the late 70's.

  7. Thank you for the video.

    He was a Christian born to Christian parents. Because of the Racial segregation even in churches forced him to change his religion. You forgot to mention the fact that most of his opponents in the ring became his friends and admirers.

  8. I mean he is not wrong especially at that time his country failed him in every way so of course he won't have much loyalty to it, and the attacked party Shared his religion. Why did they think he would say yes?

  9. Clay were a sick man full of hate and Rage ! he choose the perfect religion ! a religion full of Hate and rage and war and Death against everyone in the world.
    you need to know Islam to know Clay and you need to know Clay to know a Perfect Muslim !

  10. How about Bruce Lee, I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

    I know we Would Love that 😂😂😂

    Muhammed Ali is still 1 of the Best….🥊🥊

  11. I wouldn't be surprised if Ali might have wanted for people to see that he as a black man is the one leading his own life and being very successful at it .
    But who knows, maybe I am imagining shit,
    the guy's a legend and no one can take that away from him

  12. YES STILL THE GREATEST HE WILL BE THE GREATEST BOXER FOR EVER. Second place I think is Sugar Ray Robinson and as third best ever is Mike Tyson.

  13. When a beloved muslim appears

    A non-muslim: religion has nothing to do with him

    When a terrorist appears

    Non-muslim: religion has everything to do with him

  14. Mohammed Ali wasn't the greatest boxer of all time, statistically speaking. Mayweather is/was. And if we're talking just heavyweights who have retired, George Foreman was the greatest of all time, with 79% of his fights being won whilst Ali's being 59%. Even Joe Frasier was statistically better than Ali with 63% of his fights being won. Ali was simply the greatest talker of all time, the greatest salesman of himself.

  15. What a joke this video is. If I know I can back up being super duper confident, I would not need to "act" confident, I would just "be" confident.

  16. ali man of peace and refused to fight in Vietnam but boxes in rings and says he will hurt his opponents.

  17. God told Moses his name is "I AM". He warned Moses of being convicted according to how he uses "His" name . So be careful "not to take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Ali took God's name when he constantly affirmed "I AM THE GREATEST!".,and he was not held guiltless to the self proclamation of being the "GREATEST OF ALLLLLLL TIME".

  18. "When someone stands firm for their beliefs, people love them for it"…unless they believe in 'blatant fiction', like Resurrection.

  19. This video was long overdue. You nailed it on the greatest. Ali is top of my list of the greatest people ever.

  20. Wow man, u should be ashamed of yourself! Using an amazing man like Muhammad Ali to sell yourself. Your voice is annoying and Muhammad Ali would put a whooping on you. Don’t ever use the platform of somebody amazing to sell yourself, your such a pathetic person. What is it you even do?

  21. Ali is afraid to go to war in Vietnam thats why he use islam as a scapegoat. Lol everybody wants to change the world but no one wants to die. Ali is afraid of bullets

  22. All was the greatest man in the world and nobody was like him and nobody will like him in this world and should never talk bad about Ali that's why I dislike your video

  23. I feel like it's the same reason people love Charles Barkley. He's always been honest about what he believes and is hilarious about it! Would love to see a video on Chuck!

  24. You can't accurately describe Muhammad Ali's confidence without examining the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It's like studying an apple without examining the tree that produced it.

  25. if you didn’t know too much about Muhammad Ali and you heard him speak, you would probably think he has a degree in all subjects 😂

  26. In the 21st century Mayweather has inherited the confidence and mental strength of Ali, so too has Wilder and Crawford.

  27. Muhammad was surely the most skillful boxer in those days but he would have been a better person if he didn't misuse his confidence to stir up his arrogance.
    He affirmed himself very well but he could have been humble about it.

  28. Muhammad Ali thank the Nation of Islam many times throughout the years that's how he got his confidence as a black God to you white devils

  29. How can you say that you are the greatest. Have you ever fought against me. I promise you, that battle you would have remembered.

  30. News alert we as black people don't need white people to tell us about heroes white people always trying to dissect us and what makes us tick but yet a lot of white people look down their noses at us we know about heroes and our true living gladiators you don't need you to tell us continue trying to be us I'm out

  31. His speed. Watch his fights, and you can see that by the time his opponent's punch is coming, Muhammad's already moving backwards, which decreases the sting of the punch. The only punches that hurt him are the ones he didn't see coming: Frazier's left hook being the easiest example.

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