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Bonjour Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles et surtout…Messieurs.

Ahhh, summer in beautiful Montréal. Although I enjoy all four seasons, one must admit that there is something particular about this one, especially in a Nordic country such as ours. All our senses are constantly stimulated. The Sun actually warms our skin and penetrates down to our soul, the lilies and other flowers’ wonderful aromas circulate in the air, we can now hear creatures that either hibernated or came back from their exotic winter destinations and last but not least; the ladies’ garments lighten considerably for the pleasure of our eyes…

This brings us to our main subject: a gentleman’s summer look. Light blues, white pants, bright colours. One can truly express one’s eccentricities during the warm seasons. One can also go classic with a full beige match. Light coloured shirts are to be favoured; one can never go wrong with white…

Keep your four season shoes or go with loafers, there too interesting colours such as red can be worn and go perfectly with the season plus…You can wear them again on a sunny vacation.

Voilà!

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”  – John Locke, English philosopher

Cardigan: The Gap

Tonic Scoop T-Shirt: All Saints

Belt: Polo Ralph Lauren

Trousers: Ralph Lauren

Loafers: Baileys 

Glasses: Tom Ford

Watch: Tissot

Bracelet: Bloodstone Jewels

“So everything the God made, the cows, horses, the moon, stars, ants, everything has a purpose. Now what’s your purpose? You’re a human being. If God made the sun have a purpose, humans have a purpose too. You haven’t found your life purpose yet have you?”

There’s everything notable and respectful about Muhammad Ali‘s life, and as a friend said earlier today: if this man’s path can’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. Here’s the thing, you will get to meet and hear about many successful people and you’ll see many forms and kinds of hustlers: visionaries and dreamers, people who have wealth, people who have talents and those who have will and determination. What I learned is that the best hustlers are those who combine talent, will and faith. Talent is the base, the preliminary, the ”you” while the will is working hard to make your purpose take form: goals to be attained, mountains to be climbed, adversity to be taken down. The will is how hard are you’re down to hustle and go get it. And there’s faith, the ”deal-sealer”. That certitude that someone over there is watching over you and helping you every mile of your road, and that the universe, the stars and the winds are all conspiring to help you get where you want to get. Coelho’s words, not mine:)

So this afternoon, when I learned about his death, I realized I knew so little about this guy, this champion, the world’s greatest.  All I knew is that he rocked the boxing world, and then the world tout court. Out of curiosity, I played the Netflix Movie ”I am Ali” – Well-done film that covers all of his identity, his history and professional achievements. But above all, it covers what took him to be successful and from what I concluded, it goes down to the five following life-lessons.

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When you find your purpose, think with clarity. How to get there depends on the dreams, goals and visions you build around your purpose and then, how hard you work to get those dreams come true.

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

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Call a cat, a cat. And yourself: a warrior – if you plan on working hard to get where you want. Something I learned in my personal experiences and those of people around me: People will always give you less credit of what you deserve. Doubting yourself, and expressing it out loud is career suicide.

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

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“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

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“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

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“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”

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“I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.”

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You have your purpose, you have the will: find the strength to go get it. Set goals, pull out some strings, and work everyday your way up the sky. In the movie, one trainer was telling about the time super young Muhammad Ali knocked on his door and asked him: How does one get to be the world’s champ? What do they eat? How do they train? How do they win? Don’t ever scared to reach out, work hard and harder.

“What keeps me going is goals.”

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“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

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You may not achieve all your goals, and sometimes, you’ll trip and fall down. When you do, find the silver lining, there’s always one. And when you do, reach for higher.

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”

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You’ve won. You’re getting the success you finally deserve, you worked super hard, nobody laid it for you. You got it by yourself. To be the world’s greatest, to be truly respected – Not just envied, and befriended for money and connections. To be truly loved and remembered, be good. The difference between those who make it and those who are remembered is how you treat others. When asked on how he would like to be remembered, Muhammad Ali responded:

I would like for them to say, he took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience, one tablespoon of generosity, one pint of kindness; he took one quart of laughter, one piece of concern, and then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith, and he stirred it up well. Then he spread it and expanded it over a lifetime. And he served each and every deserving person he met.

” We Belong to God, And To Him We Shall return”