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5 things salespeople could learn from Muhammad Ali

Muhammed Ali is probably the greatest boxer the world has even seen. Nevertheless, what impresses me even more than his boxing skills is this mans remarkable mindset. This is what really made him the champion he later became. Just look at these 5 Ali quotes, and learn how you can utilize them in your sales work to become the ultimate sales champion!

What salespeople could learn from Muhammad Ali

1. “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

Ali was a master of using positive affirmations to boost his self image. How is your self talk when it comes to selling compared to his?

2. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

Fake it until you make it! It doesnโ€™t matter how good you are at selling NOW. If you really BELIEVE you are the best, it will manifest in your behavior around prospects too.

3. “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

Feeling tired and don’t want to visit more prospects 2′ o’clock in the afternoon? Think the same way as Ali! Pain is only temporary, victory is forever!

4. “It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.” – Muhammad Ali

Nuff said…

5. “I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.” – Muhammad Ali

Pretty powerful affirmation don’t you think? Why don’t you use it yourself? Substitute Joe Louis and Dempsey with the names of your biggest competitors and the word “boxing” with “selling” and repeat it to yourself endlessly!


1 Wim @ Sales Sells

Loved this Einar! Affirmations can be very powerful, as long as they don’t lead to a lager-than-life ego. It’s good to be confident and believe in yourself, but customers don’t like arrogant attitude.

Thanks for the tip!

2 Einar

Thanks Wim, it’s probably best not to shout “I’m the greatest” the moment you enter the prospects office ๐Ÿ˜‰ It dosen’t hurt to do it inside your head though.

3 Lothar

I like number 2 the best. Say to yourself that you are the best salesman ever, and great results will follow.

4 michael akoje

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5 Mary

What about “I am great AND SO ARE YOU!

6 Marko

No Mary, “there can be only ONE”! ;))
I am not sure that you understood correctly whats all this about…

I like no.3 as well… Pushing yourself to the limits… When it is hard, you push even harder, stop by the prospects at 16h… ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 Mart

I never like Ali because he came across so egotistical

8 Dennis LaVergne

We must be able to admire our enemies and competitors for when we are able to put our emotions aside we can learn what it it that makes them a worthy adversary…..

-some dude said this a long time ago

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