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 

Ali Bday Dinner 06

Today while power walking through the Desert I started contemplating my life and where I want it to go with it.  I always found the solitude of  walking with only the Desert winds answering me to be my way of connecting to (insert your favorite deity)… for lack of a better word, GOD.  I focus my thoughts on my positive goals and aspirations, goals like being a better husband to Lisa, being a better father to Beaumont, being a better Chef professionally, being a better friend, being a better citizen on Earth.  We must challenge and push ourselves to the extremes to be the greatest.  One year ago I had the great fortune of being one of five Chefs cooking for Muhammad Ali on his 70th Birthday.  I first met Ali when I was a small child.  I grew up in his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.  The man was a force to be reckoned with.  I look at the picture above and it is filled with words and phrases like: inspire, break the mold, spirit, believe, hope, embrace, give time, unwavering, passion, take action, give.  Words we all should meditate on and incorporate into our lives.  Words I should live my life by.


A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

-Muhammad Ali

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