Speaking of inspirational videos, one of my all time favourites is the excerpt above from ‘When We Were Kings’. Drawn from the classic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ (on which I have already posted), it illustrates strategy, character and most of all resilience in the deepest adversity…

“The bell rang. Ali went back to the corner. The nightmare he had been waiting in the ring had finally come to visit him. He was in the ring with a man he could not dominate, who was stronger than him, who not afraid of him, who was going to knock him out, and who could punch harder than Ali could punch. And this man was determined and unstoppable. And Ali had a look on his face that I’ll never forget. It was the only time that I saw fear in Ali’s eyes. It was as if Ali looked into himself and said, ‘Alright, this is the moment. This is what you have been waiting for. This is that hour. Do you have the guts?’ And he sort of nodded to himself and said ‘You gotta get it together boy. You really gotta get it together. And you are going to get it together. You will get it together.’ And he nodded some more. Looking as if he was looking into the eyes of his maker. And he turned to the crowd and said ‘Ali Bomaye’.

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