For about two weeks, every boy who had tried out for the basketball team at my high school knew what day the cut list was going to go up. We knew it was going to be posted in the gym in the morning. So that morning we all went in there, and the list was up. We stood there and looked for our names. If your name was on the list, you were still on the team. If your name wasn't on the list, you were cut. Mine wasn't on the list. I looked and looked for my name. I looked at the H's, and the l's, and the J's, and the K's, and I wasn't there, and I went back and started again. But I wasn't there. I went through that day numb. I sat through my classes. I had to wait until after school to go home. That's when I hurried to my house and closed the door to my room and I cried so hard. It was all I wanted - to play on that team. The next day I got up early and played basketball - Michael Jordan.
Hard work is everything. - Larry Pacifico
When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: 1.admit it, 2.learn from it, 3. Don’t repeat it - Paul "Bear" Bryant.
As a kid, I always thought I was behind and I needed that extra hour to catch up. Jim Jones once told me, "No matter how many shots you take somewhere there's a kid out there taking one more. If you dribble a million times a day, someone is dribbling a million and one. " Whenever I'd get ready to call it a day, I'd think, "No. Somebody else is still practicing. Somebody, somewhere is playing that extra 10 or 15 minutes and he's going to beat me someday." I'd practice some more and then I'd think, "Maybe that guy is practicing his free throws now." So I'd go to the line and practice my free throws and that would take another hour. I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough.
I still wonder if somebody somewhere was practicing more than me. - Larry Bird.
Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but ain't no man got to be common - Satchel Paige.
Nobody wants to be mediocre in life. The mediocre are the top of the bottom, or the best of the worst, or the bottom of the top, or the worst of the best - Lou Holtz.
If I work on a certain move constantly, then, finally, it doesn't seem so risky to me. The move stays dangerous and looks dangerous to my foes, but not to me. Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win - Nadia Comaneci.
Two people are in the same business on the same street. One of them prospers and the other does not. Why? Because one of them wants it more than the other. It is not always the strongest man who wins the fight, or the fastest man who wins the race, or the best team that wins the game. In most cases, it is the one who wants it the most, the one who has gone out and prepared, which has paid the price - Tommy Lasorda.
In the second grade, they asked us what we wanted to be. I said I wanted to be a ballplayer and they laughed. In the eighth grade, they asked the same question, and I said a ballplayer and they laughed a little more. By the eleventh grade, no one was laughing - Johnny Bench.
There are few things you can't do as long as you're willing to apply yourself. There are many times I wish I was playing 18 holes of golf instead of training in miserable cold weather. But In the final analysis, I'd rather win the Tour de France than play 18 holes of golf. That's why I do it - Greg LeMond.
One day, during the 1983 Stanley Cup, we'd just lost Game Three and we were down three games to none. We were practicing and afterward my dad came down to me and said, "Why did you practice today'" "Because we had to," I said. "Everybody had to." "Well, you shouldn't have. You Just wasted your time and theirs. You didn't give an effort." That was the last time we talked about it until later that summer. We were at my grandmother's house and she was out in the sun working in the garden. My dad came up to me and said, "Look at that, 79, and she's still working hard and you're 23, and when you're In the Stanley Cup finals you won't even practice!" Ever since then, the highest compliment you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it - Wayne Gretsky.
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no matter what happens - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's not what you start with that counts, but rather what you end up with - Fred Glass.
Talent is God-given, be humble; fame is man-given, be thankful; conceit is self-given; be careful - Anonymous.
When all is said and done, as a rule, more is said than done - Lou Holtz.
Yours in strength,