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The Importance of Sacrifice

Everything worthwhile must be bought with sacrifice.
Ara Pareghian

To be truly disciplined about our goals, and to keep working toward happiness at all costs, we often need to sacrifice smaller opportunities and pleasures in order to reach our end goal sooner.
Mary Lou Retton

Let our life be one of self-sacrifice, finding our highest joy in blessing others.
Andrew Murray

You must give up something in the immediate present – comfort, ease, recognition, quick rewards – to attract something even better in the future. Without that sacrifice, you’ll never know your team’s potential, or your own.
Pat Riley

I view sacrifice as a kind of “moral investment,” where what you give up now in the way of immediate gratification will eventually pay you tremendous dividends down the line.
Mary Lou Retton

The Power of Passion

Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
Mary Lou Retton

Passion persuades.
Anita Roddick

If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
Elizabeth MacKay

Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
Martha Graham

I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
A.J. Mleczko

Work Ethic

Once you’ve created a work ethic second to none, and you’ve learned to motivate yourself, you look in the mirror and you see someone different.
Rick Pitino

Watching my father work, the great care and pride he took in painting, made me admire him, though I knew I wouldn’t follow in his footsteps.
Muhammad Ali

My dad was my biggest influence. The thing that he gave to all of his kids was a good sense that you need to work hard and be dedicated and committed to what you are doing. So my work ethic, which I think is a good one, comes straight from my dad.
Tom Lehman

As a kid, I used to wonder why Pop worked so hard. Now I know it was his Old Country values: discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice and an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. He was setting an example for all of us.
Yogi Berra

Though neither rich nor educated, my dad cared for all nine of us, teaching us to work hard and appreciate what we had. We knew everything was attainable, if only we had courage to pursue it. His work ethic carried me to my goals: winning a Silver Medal in the Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
Henry Boucha

The Power of Sacrifice

Deferred joys purchased by sacrifice are always the sweetest.
Mike Doyle

Sacrifice and self-denial lie behind every success.
Vince Lombardi

In order to succeed greatly, you have to sacrifice greatly. Nobody ever said it would be easy.
Mike Pruitt

Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.
Gary Player

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
Gaylord Nelson

How to Be a Leader

Leadership lies in sacrifice, self-denial, love, fearlessness and humility. And this is the distinction between great and little men.
Vince Lombardi

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
Jack Welch

To be a real leader means to be a shepherd to a flock, to protect and defend, to nurture growth and tend to needs. To be a leader means to consider each life in your care as precious as your own.
Wayne Dosick

Let us be servants in order to be leaders.
Fyodor Dostovsky

Good leaders should also be good followers. If you’re coming up within an organization, you must be a good follower or you’re not going to get very far. Leaders and followers share certain characteristics such as listening, collaborating and working out competitive issues with peers.
Warren Bennis

The Power of Vision

The great man has a vision of the future that enables him to put obstacles in perspective; the ordinary man turns pebbles in the road into boulders.
Henry Kissinger

If you have been seeing things that are not there, it could be that you are not hallucinating but are a person pregnant with a miracle and about to do the impossible.
T.D. Jakes

I see that my steadfast desire was alone responsible for whatever progress or mastery I have made. The reality is always there, and is preceded by vision. And if one keeps looking steadily the vision crystallizes into fact or deed.
Henry Miller

Begin with the end in mind.
Stephen Covey

The people who make a difference in this world commit to what could be before they know where the money is coming from. Their vision is enough to cause them to jump in. Money usually follows vision. It rarely happens the other way around. Consequently, vision always involves sacrifice and risk-taking.
Andy Stanley

How to Love

Nothing demonstrates that you care about people more than spending personal time with them.
Mike Krzyzewski

If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.
Mother Teresa

Few things have a more positive effect on others than finding out and remembering things about them. Knowing a lot about people is a real display of your care for them, and it creates a lasting bond.
John Maxwell

Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:12-13

One word we use around the house a lot is love, and the kids understand it and aren’t afraid to use it. They’ve really taught me how to express love, which I didn’t do too much of in the past – being an athlete, which sometimes makes you keep your feelings inside. It’s a whole other ballgame now.
Austin Carr