Pressure usually represents opportunity.
— Jimmy Connors
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
— Edge Keynote
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
— James Bilkey
It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
— Rick Pitino
Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances. If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.
— John Maxwell
Pain is short, and joy is eternal.
— Friedrich von Schiller
Pain and suffering are inevitable in our lives, but misery is an option.
— Chip Beck
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
— Ernest Hemingway
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— George Bernard Shaw
Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.
— Rick Warren
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
— Ann Landers
Among the humble and great alike, those who achieve success do so not because fate and circumstance are especially kind to them. Often the reverse is true. They succeed because they take whatever has been given to them and go on to make the most of their best.
— Sidney Greenberg
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Optimism enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the character of the part he plays.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the biggest thing for me was just mentally believing I should win these tournaments.
— Lindsay Davenport
I’ve gotten a long way just on sheer optimism – taking jobs I was unqualified for, never believing I would fail at them because I’m optimistic to the point of being naïve. I was willing to try things I probably should have failed at and could have failed at but didn’t.
— Liz Dolan
Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost.
— Jerome Jerome
When God shuts a door, He opens a window.
— John Ruskin
While you wait for great things, the door to little ones may close.
Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.
— Kyle Chandler
It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because, at the moment, we expected some other good.
— C.S. Lewis
You must adapt to change, and condition yourself to see it as an opportunity to improve yourself, not as a window to failure.
— Rick Pitino
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
—George Bernard Shaw
Change means the unknown. It means, too many people cry, insecurity. Nonsense! No one from the beginning of time has had security.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
See change as opportunity, not threat.
— Jack Welch
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
— King Whitney, Jr.
Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
— Orison Marden
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
— Sun Tzu
The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.
— Ted Levitt
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
— Jonathan Winters
I had to make my own opportunity. Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them.
— Madame C.J. Walker