The time to prepare isn’t after you have been given the opportunity. It’s long before that opportunity arises. Once the opportunity arrives, it’s too late to prepare.
— John Wooden
The most prepared are the most dedicated.
— Ray Berry
Everyone wants to win, but I think winners believe they deserve to win. They’ve made the commitment, they’ve followed the right path, and they’ve taken the right steps to be successful.
— Amy Ruley
Victory is achieved before, not just during, the battle.
— Sun Tzu
I believe there is nothing wrong with the other fellow being better than you are if you’ve prepared and are functioning in the way you’ve tried to prepare. That’s all you can do. But there is something wrong if you’ve failed to measure up to your ability because you haven’t prepared.
— John Wooden
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.
— Florence Nightingale
Success is the ability to close the door on your past, regardless of your failures, and move forward.
— Bill White
Just remember that success is relative. You don’t have to win a gold medal to be successful. As long as you feel good about yourself, you try as hard as you can and enjoy what you do, that is success.
— Mia Hamm
Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.
— Mike Ditka
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
— Helen Hayes
Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it’s enough on its own.
— Robert Heller
Sometimes you just have to trust your intuition.
— Bill Gates
Trust your hunches. Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Warning! Do not confuse your hunches with wishful thinking. This is the road to disaster.
— Dr. Joyce Brothers
Intuition is given only to him who has undergone long preparation to receive it.
— Louis Pasteur
Don’t tune out your hunch. It’s easy to intellectualize or analyze your way out of a heeding or hunch. The trouble is you know, but you don’t know how you know. So remind yourself that this feeling, this little whisper from deep inside your brain, may contain far more information – both facts and impressions – than you’re likely to obtain from hours of analysis.
— Roy Rowan
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.
— Garrison Keillor
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
— Thomas Jefferson
Don’t count on luck to get you out of a tight spot.
— Harvey Penick
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
— Darrell Royal
Luck means the hardships which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep, the airplanes you never failed to catch.
— Margaret Clement
Spectacular achievements are always preceded by spectacular preparation.
— Robert Schuller
I will study and get ready and someday my chance will come.
— Abraham Lincoln
Life requires thorough preparation. We must rid ourselves of the idea that there’s a short-cut to achievement.
— George Washington Carver
A lasting work requires extensive preparation.
— Douglas Rumford
If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated for long and have foreseen what may occur. It is not genius which reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others, it is thought and meditation.
— Napoléon Bonaparte
Preparation is everything. Noah did not start building the ark when it was raining.
— Warren Buffett
To be prepared is half the victory.
— Miguel de Cervantes
Success in not a matter of just wanting to win. It’s a matter of preparing to win – which is much more important.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Do your homework. Your competitor is.
— Rick Pitino
You know where you’d like to go, whether it’s to a national championship in basketball or a particular goal in your business or life. You must also realize that this goal will be simply a by-product of all the hard work and good thinking you do along the way – your preparation. The preparation is where success is truly found.
— John Wooden