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Published on September 21st, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos

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Words Week: How Do You Define Greatness?

mayweather“Let Me Be Great” to quote Jay-z off of his latest album. “TBE, The Best Ever,” Floyd Mayweather. These two quotes come to my mind when I think of greatness. Last weekend, like many people, I watched the Floyd Mayweather fight and it got me thinking, I am witnessing greatness before my eyes. Floyd is so skillful and masterful in that ring that he makes it look easy against really good and upcoming boxers. Floyd speaks greatness over his life and it shows in his boxing. Against Canelo, he looked like he was bored. He strategically lets the boxer fall into his game plan, maintaining total control. Mayweather’s greatness was on full display in that ring. This made me think, “How do you define greatness?”

I had a conversation with a friend a while back and it still resonates with me. My good friend and Philadelphia Eagles receiver, Jeremy Maclin, once said during a great “debate” at his house- (I use that word “debate” loosely haha),- he said “People use that word ‘great’ a little too loosely.” At first it didn’t hit me, but then I thought about it and decided as an actor, I strive to be associated with the “greats” of entertainment. Jeremy was a Kirkwood High School Great, a Mizzou Great, and he is striving to be great in the NFL. All who know him will tell you, J Mac, as we call him, strives to be the best at the little things, even card games and video games. That same mentality is what has set him up to become one of the greatest the NFL might ever see.

In these two examples, one man has already reached his plateau, yet still strives to be greater and another man is on his journey to greatness. Yet in the world we live in, if Floyd was too lose, we would be quick to say he wasn’t that great. Or if Jeremy was to drop a pass, we’d say he wasn’t that good. We need to learn that as human beings, we make errors and mistakes but when we learn from them and bounce back, we become greater. Greatness is all encompassing- it is not only what is done in the public eye, but also what is done in private. I know in Jeremy’s case, he uses his fame and fortune for his foundation to help underprivileged young kids. He loves to give his time and money to these kids who don’t necessarily have it.

So do me a favor next time you think you are watching or even experiencing greatness, pay attention to its characteristics. Look at it deeply and ask, “What is the context for it?”

How do you define “greatness”? We’d love to hear your answers!

Hello, My Mannie Ramos Jr and I am from a city right outside of Philadelphia called Camden, NJ. I grew up with a rough child and nothing really came easy but at the age of 17 I graduated high school and joined the U.S. Army. I spent 10 years while serving all over the world and I decided to get out in 2012 and pursue a full time career as an actor. I currently reside in LA pursuing this dream. I love to encourage people to be the best that they can be. You never know who looks to you for encouragement so do not slight anyone from being encouraged by your actions and words.

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Hello, My Mannie Ramos Jr and I am from a city right outside of Philadelphia called Camden, NJ. I grew up with a rough child and nothing really came easy but at the age of 17 I graduated high school and joined the U.S. Army. I spent 10 years while serving all over the world and I decided to get out in 2012 and pursue a full time career as an actor. I currently reside in LA pursuing this dream. I love to encourage people to be the best that they can be. You never know who looks to you for encouragement so do not slight anyone from being encouraged by your actions and words.



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