Believe it or not, Muhammad Ali didn’t always grow up with aspirations of becoming a legendary boxer. At the age of 12, Muhammad Ali had his bicycle stolen and he wasn’t very happy about it.
Angry, as any young boy would be, he reported the missing bicycle to a police officer by the name of Joe Martin. Ali told Martin that he was going to “whup” whoever stole his bike. What Ali didn’t know at the time, however, was that Martin was also a boxing trainer. Martin also told Ali that he “better learn how to box first” before he planned on attempting to “whup” anyone. This was the beginning. Martin went on to teach the young Cassius Clay how to box and in a matter of weeks he was boxing and winning.
This sparked his interest in the sport we know him well for. A stolen bike was the key, the fuel that drove Ali to becoming legendary and practically dominating for nearly 30 years. And so it is with each of us. Maybe you don’t want to be a great boxer, but there is greatness inside of you.
Who stole your bike?
© David McGhee