“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

Boxing ring or boardroom—the struggle to improve is universal. Ali’s wisdom sings a universal anthem. It’s your anthem too, the rising professional.

Training isn’t just about sweat and stamina. It’s about grit and growth. “I hated every minute of training,” Ali confessed. But it wasn’t about the hurt. It was about the horizon: the golden glow of the champion’s belt.

Now swap the boxing ring for your workspace. Your training is different. It’s the wrestle with new skills, the uphill climb of self-improvement. Each new task is a training round, each problem solved, a round won.

“DON’T QUIT,” echoes Ali’s voice. So, you don’t. The challenge looks steep, but you keep scaling.

“Suffer now,” Ali would insist. Suffering means stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s the pain of stretching yourself, pushing past your previous best. It’s growth, disguised as discomfort.

“Live the rest of your life as a champion.” This is not just about winning. It’s about being better than you were yesterday. It’s about shaping your work, your world, into a place that’s better because of your efforts. You become a champion of improvement, a hero of progress. Your victory belt is the mark you make, the difference you create.

Ali’s wisdom teaches us that the road to success is lined with challenges. But these challenges, they’re your allies. They sculpt you into a better version of yourself. So, embrace them, surpass your limits—and like Al—become a champion of progress and impact.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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