Do what you fear and the death of fear is certain.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
No great thing comes to any man unless he has courage.
— Cardinal Gibbons
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the difficult place where it leads.
— Erica Jong
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
— Anaïs Nin
Leadership means having the courage to make decisions not for easy headlines in ten days, but for a better country in ten years.
— Brian Mulroney
I didn’t want to look back when I’m an old man and say, “You had a special talent and you didn’t get the most of it.” That’s been a real motivating factor for me, something I think about every day.
— Kerry Collins
When my time is up and I stand before my maker, I’d like to be able to say, “God, I don’t have one ounce of talent, love, compassion or energy left. I used every gift you gave me.”
— Montel Williams
Trying to get by on talent is a fatal mistake.
— Pete Maravich
It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness, but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.
— Frederick Robertson
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fire its intellectual eye.
— Mary Shelley
You must have a purpose for each day. This gives each day a structure and the sense you are controlling the day and not being controlled by it. Purpose establishes your discipline and makes you more focused.
— Rick Pitino
More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
— Billy Sunday
The rewards of reaching for excellence are profound. I’m not talking about a pay raise, a plaque or even a gold medal. It’s living into a purpose or a calling that enlivens even the most mundane tasks. It’s a deep pride in the life we are living.
— Nancy Hogshead
No one will outwork me.
— Woody Hayes
All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired.
— Brendan Foster
I’d rather have a self-made player than a natural-made player. I’d rather have a guy with less talent who works than one with more talent who doesn’t.
— Bum Phillips
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
— Jerry West
Winners vaccinate themselves against self-satisfaction by remembering that some rival is always planning smarter and working harder to overtake and unseat a winner.
— Pat Riley
Dedication requires fulfilling commitments long after the sentiment in which they were made is gone.
— Phil Gramm
Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
— Irving Stone
Many, many times, the kids with less talent become the better athletes because they’re more dedicated to achieving their full potential.
— Red Auerbach
A lot of people don’t realize that about 98 percent of the running I put in is anything but glamorous: 2 percent joyful participation, 98 percent dedication. It’s a tough formula. Getting out in the forest in the biting cold and the flattening heat, and putting in kilometer after kilometer.
— Rob de Castella
At some point, you say to yourself, “I want to be the best.” But when you honestly make that commitment, you have to realize all the dedication and time that it takes.
— Raymond Floyd
If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.
— James Garfield
Happiness walks on busy feet.
— Kitte Turmell
You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have.
If you can’t outsmart people, outwork them.
— Bill Veeck
The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job at hand. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
— Ernest Newman
The greatest ability is dependability.
— Curt Bergwall
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.
— Proverbs 22:29
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
— Erma Bombeck
Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.
— Marilyn vos Savant
My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson