Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
— Muhammad Ali

Taking the time to stop and watch something so simple as the grace and ease of a butterfly can soothe the soul when the world around us seems to have gone a bit crazy.   

Watching from afar, some pretty unimaginable events have happened here in the U.S. and beyond over the course of this summer.  Now is the time to stop and remember what is good and right on this planet. To stop the stinging so to speak and turn our energies towards what is good.      

To remember how we each have the choice everyday to find the littlest of victories and help where we can to make the world right again. 

Muhammad Ali, who we can all probably remember saying the words, “I am the greatest!” said his eternal goodbye in June. He was a gentle giant of man that went on to give back to the world in so many ways. It was touching to see how many people were deeply moved by his passing - including my husband.  

His funeral played out with a pretty diverse who’s who list among the 20,000 people that attended. There was much laughter and of course tears shared by those who eulogized him.  

I felt a tribute in the Victory Letter to this bigger than life personality was important especially this month as we honor the Master Mind principle of our Unique Personality here in the Victory Circles.  He most definitely had that one mastered.   

Ali founded the Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky (actually the city I was born) based on the 6 core principles he felt fueled his life. Each one in itself comes with strength and the promise to float majestically and sting when necessary.  After all we do in fact need to protect ourselves from time to time. 

Here are his core principles: 

1.     Confidence – Belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future.

2.     Conviction – A firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind the belief despite pressure to do otherwise.

3.     Dedication – The act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task.

4.     Giving –To present voluntarily without expecting something in return.

5.     Respect – Esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others.

6.     Spirituality – A sense of awe reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is great than oneself. 


In what can become a complex world the simplicities are without a doubt so important to keep us grounded and moving forward. 

Think of the challenges that lay before you, both big and small. How could one or more of his principles help guide you forward? 

When the day comes that you are eulogized after you leave the planet – what do you want to be remembered for doing and being?  What matters most to you?

As you cruise forward this week remember to let your true self-shine.  You are the greatest you that there ever was or will be again.  Ali also once said, “I said I was the greatest, I never said I was the smartest.”  Greatness without a doubt comes from the inside out and does not require perfection.

Here is to your greatness!

To Your Successes and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus 
Author, Business Growth Coach, 
and Founder of the Victory Circles