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
If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
— John D. Rockefeller III
The man who simply drifts into success in any field of human activity is almost as rare as the ship that drifts aimlessly into a safe harbor.
— John Gregory
A person, or a team, can work hard to be successful. And once success is achieved, it’s very easy to sit back and think that success will just come again – like rain on the rooftops. But I’ve found that it is much harder to stay on top than it is to get there.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Winning isn’t worthwhile unless one has something finer and nobler behind it.
— Knute Rockne
The worker and the thinker and the giver always go ahead. That is the sure way to success.
— Norman Vincent Peale
It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.
— Leo Tolstoy
Everything costs. No accomplishment comes without suffering.
— Joe Paterno
The best way to escape our sufferings is to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.
— John Wesley
Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the suffering of others.
Do not give up when you find that you have to suffer greatly in order to get results. Never forget that the winners are the ones who can suffer best. It’s the no-hopers who cannot suffer. The inability to suffer is almost always the real reason riders do not succeed in our sport. He who can suffer best has the best chance to get to the top.
— Charles Ruys
A champion pays an extra price to be better than everybody else.
— Bear Bryant
You will always have joy in the evening if you spend the day fruitfully.
— Thomas à Kempis
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
— Colossians 3:23-24
Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
— George Bernard Shaw
I loathe drudgery as much as anyone else; but I have learned that the only way to conquer drudgery is to get through it as neatly, as efficiently, as one can. A dull job slackly done becomes twice as dull, whereas a dull job which you try to do just as well as you can becomes half as dull.
— Harold Nicolson
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
— Roger Bannister
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
— Galatians 6:9
The secret to persevering is building your self-esteem so you can take rejection and move on to the next opportunity.
— Jack Canfield
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
— Ted Williams
A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.
— Nancy Lopez
Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
— Oprah Winfrey
Winners are not always those who have finished first. A winner is someone who gives the most in preparation to reach his potential and makes every effort to perform at his highest level. There will be times when that is accomplished and you still aren’t victorious; but you are a winner.
— Dr. Gary Wiren
Doing the best you are capable of doing is victory in itself, and less than that is defeat.
— John Wooden
Not everybody is going to be the greatest something ever, but it’s important to find something you really love and do it as well as you can.
— Yogi Berra
Do few things but do them well; simple joys are holy.
— St. Francis of Assisi
Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.
— Roy Smith
Discipline is the secret of all champions. Discipline means giving things up, mostly things we’d rather be doing.
— Dr. Gary Wiren
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
— Pearl Buck
The climate in Kansas varies from ice, deep snow and blizzard in winter to 100-degree heat in summer. Through it all, Jim Ryun ran. Every day, twice a day. Hot or cold, rainy or sun, he ran.
— Phil Pepe
Remember that what is hard to endure will be sweet to recall.
— Tote Yamada