Here are 10 inspirational sports quotes to help you get motivated. 10 Inspiring Quotes From Sports Heroes To Get You AMPED UP About Life.
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." — Billie Jean King
Do you struggle to find the motivation to drag yourself out of bed, drain your morning coffee, and face the day? Maybe these motivational quotes will help. Sports stars are often afforded equal amounts of praise, adoration, and scorn in modern society.
But whether you respect the work they do or think they are overpaid and underworked, you have to admire the effort they put into mastering their craft and honing their skills.
To get to the top in any sport requires endless hours of dedication, blood, sweat, and tears. It may be a cliche, but it’s true. Success isn’t handed to the greatest stars of their generations, it’s taken in moments of determination, confidence, and fearlessness, and it comes following years of hard-work.
Here are 10 sports quotes to motivate you every day:
1. "A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." — Mary Lou Retton
Young athletes want the trophies and the acclaim, but ask any retired athlete what matters most and they’ll focus on the memories, ignoring the trophies that gather dust in their cabinets or sit out of sight in storage.
The thrill of the moment, the joy, and the satisfaction it brings is what matters, and this is something we can all learn from.
2. "What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose." — Andre Agassi
Agassi felt that everything was on the line every time he played because he was always fighting to be the best. He had one of the game’s greatest going up against him week-in and week-out.
He didn’t have as much natural talent as Sampras, and his name is not as prominent in the record books, but because he worked hard and because he gave it his all, he has still gone down as one of the greatest.
3. "You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." — Michael Phelps
Let’s be honest, if anyone seems to have no limits, it’s multi-Olympic gold medal winner Phelps. He has done things previously thought impossible and is living proof that hard work, dedication, and opportunity can conquer the world.
4. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." — Billie Jean King
Talent comes through practice and hard work, not luck. From David Beckham’s free kick to Mike Tyson’s right hand and Tom Brady’s right arm, they weren’t born with those qualities, they just spent countless hours honing them and perfecting them.
5. "In baseball and in business there are three types of people: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened." — Tommy Lasorda
You’re either a winner, a loser or a spectator and you choose what you’re going to be as soon as the game begins. That winning mentality plays a big role in any sport. It’s about having enough confidence to believe in yourself, but it’s also about adopting the right mindset and being fully prepared.
6. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take." — Wayne Gretzky
This is similar to the old adage: "You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket." It’s all about taking risks and having the confidence to believe in your own abilities, knowing that even if you fail, there will be another shot, and another, and another.
7. "Winners never quit and quitters never win." — Vince Lombardi
This quote is often attributed to others, but the first man to say it was the football legend, the winner of the first and second Super Bowls and someone who understood exactly what it took to win at the highest level.
8. "A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t." — Jack Dempsey
If Buster Douglas had stayed on the canvas after being floored by a lack-luster Mike Tyson, sporting history wouldn’t have one of its greatest underdog stories. As it was, he defied the odds, fought to get to his feet, and became heavyweight champion of the world as a result.
It was short-lived, but it was the highest point of his life and career and a moment we still talk about 20 years later.
9. "I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan
All the greats will tell you that failure is one of the biggest parts of success. It’s something that is learned, something that is gained through experience, and not something that is bestowed on you from day one.
History’s greatest basketball, football, soccer, and baseball players aren’t the most successful ones and they don’t have flawless records. The greatest fighters have countless losses in both their professional and amateur days. The best become the best because they lose and learn, not because they have everything their own way.
10. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." — Mohammad Ali
Ali is perhaps best remembered for his quote "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee". But, the self-proclaimed "Greatest" was a master of wordplay and said many inspiring things. The part that often gets left out of that quote is actually the best bit, "His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see."
He was also a master when it came to taunting his opponents. If you’ve ever walked away from an argument angry with yourself for failing to come up with a decent rebuttal, learn from the master who said: "If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize."
This article was originally published at Online Cricket Betting. Reprinted with permission from the author.
Forget about super-strength, laser vision, or — our personal favorite — the ability to consume any type of matter in the universe; the best.
In honor of Comic-Con International, here are ten motivational quotes from superheroes to give you the power boost you need for your day.
In 1970, Comic-Con began as a way to fund a larger convention in the near future.
With 145 attendees and two famous guest speakers, the first Comic-Con or San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, as it was called, was considered a success.
In 2014, there were over 130,000 people in attendance over the massive four-day event—its exponential growth coming from recent years. There are many lessons entrepreneurs can take from Comic-Con, but even more so from the superheroes that are the inspiration behind the ever-popular convention.
Here are ten motivational quotes from superheroes to give you the power boost you need for your day.
Same goes for the strength of your company. A great product and creative marketing campaign can get you to a certain point, but it is the passion of the founder and the employees that is the driving force behind any business. From the ideation stage of your startup to a booming empire; a business is as stong as one's personal belief in it.
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There is a trait that makes successful entrepreneurs stand out from the rest, and that is their passion. Staying focused on the end result can keep you optimistic in the darkest of times. You have endured many challenges before, and will continue to not only get through them, but to thrive. Realizing one's own power is the key to success.
In life, you will run into obstacles. It's absolutely the same in business. What makes superheroes and entrepreneurs unique is their ability to pursue their goal for the good of many. Just as Superman does not give in to super villain Lex Luthor, entrepreneurs do not waiver when their idea is rejected. Both find their success through being able to endure the challenge.
Great entrepreneurs know that mistakes are a reality check. They give us the feedback we need to see what went wrong and what efforts are working. How would you learn about your business, your strategy and yourself without being taken off course along the way? Successful entrepreneurs see mistakes as a blessing and take responsibility for what occurred so they can succeed in the future.
Much like the comic book world, the business world is dominated by men, especially in executive and C-level positions. The Original Justice League was made up by a total of seven superheroes, six of them being men. This means women represent roughly 14.3 percent of the Justice League, which is representative of the United States, where women make up 14.6 percent of executive officers. Wonder Woman is no ordinary mortal—she is not only powerful but also a powerful role model. Just as Queen Hippolyta did, women, remind yourself that you are not ordinary, you too are a wonder woman.
This quote can trace back to many scientific revelations that has occurred throughout history. In business, I think of this quote as the “lucky” companies, whose success is attributed to chance or luck rather than hard work. To quote a man even more philosophical than Thor, “luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”
There are many success stories of college, or even high school, drop outs that found their education in experience. However, a good education teaches you discipline. Although not as widely spoken of, there are even more stories of successful entrepreneurs who stayed in on their Friday and Saturday nights to pursue their degree in order to become the thought leaders and innovators of the 21st century. Not the sexiest underdog story, but one that matters just as much.
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A lesson learned time and time again throughout comic books and corporate America. With power comes the ability to control others, and take advantage of your surroundings. However, what makes heroes and leaders remarkable, is their ability to use their power to inspire those around them.
In your personal life, business life or secret hero life, it is easy to get into a routine that does not break from the ordinary. Outside of your business and sleep schedule, take the time to enjoy your surrounding and experience your community. You do not need to travel the world or dabble in extreme sports to “live.” Rather, relish the little things that make you happy and give you the extra motivational boost you need to enjoy yourself.
Finally, do everything with purpose. The most successful companies are not motivated by money, or dominating their industry. Just as superheroes do, these companies set their goal to solve a problem, make people’s lives better and do it with passion. Each action has a purpose. You get to make the decision of what that that purpose is.
Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.
Peter S. Beagle
That is why embittered people find heroes and madmen a perennial source of fascination, for they have no fear of life or death. Both heroes and madmen are indifferent to danger and will forge ahead regardless of what other people say.
Heroes don’t have the need to be known as heroes, they just do what heroes do because it is right and it must be done.
Shannon A. Thompson
Dead people can be our heroes because they can’t disappoint us later; they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
George Bernard Shaw
A hero. You want to be one of those rare human beings who make history, rather than merely watch it flow around them like water around a rock.
Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.
No, what he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.
You learn eventually that, while there are no villains, there are no heroes either. And until you make the final discovery that there are only human beings, who are therefore all the more fascinating, you are liable to miss something.
The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Henry David Thoreau
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces “nice” people, not heroes.
To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today.
You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.
Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
Charles Horton Cooley
Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.
What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?
To be heroic may mean nothing more than this then, to stand in the face of the status quo, in the face of an easy collapse into the madness of an increasingly chaotic world and represent another way.
I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up … discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.
Friends are the real superheroes. They battle our worst enemies—loneliness, grief, anxiety, depression, fear, and doubt—every time they come around.
Richelle E. Goodrich
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
But heroes, at times, had to be fools.
A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can’t be a lasting thing. That’s not saying that people shouldn’t keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Winston S. Churchill
Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.
Men have to have heroes, but no man can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl.
Peter S. Beagle
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
Philip G. Zimbardo
The world’s battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
Henry Ward Beecher
Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.
George R.R. Martin
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.
People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them.
To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand.
What I wanted to express very clearly and intensely was that the reason these people had to invent or imagine heroes and gods is pure fear. Fear of life and fear of death.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost.
Heroes became extinct when saving the world became more important to rescue a damsel in distress.
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
That’s why you can’t give up. Heroes don’t give up.
Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.
The hero sees values beyond what’s possible. That’s the nature of a hero. It kills him, of course, ultimately. But it makes the whole struggle of humanity worthwhile.
The hero sees values beyond what’s possible. That’s the nature of a hero. It kills him, of course, ultimately. But it makes the whole struggle of humanity worthwhile.
You were the one who taught me,” he said. “I never looked at you without seeing the sweetness of the way the world goes together, or without sorrow for its spoiling. I became a hero to serve you, and all that is like you.
Peter S. Beagle
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.
George R.R. Martin
Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.
The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He’s dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he’s a hero the whole time.
What we need now are heroes and heroines, about a million of them, one brave deed is worth a thousand books. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Anyway, if you need your heroes to be perfect, you won’t have very many. Even Superman had his Kryptonite. I’d rather have my heroes be more like me: trying to do the right thing, sometimes messing up. Making mistakes. Saying you’re sorry. And forgiving other people when they mess up, too.
When you’re truly awesome, you know that it’s actually a burden and wish day after day to be relieved of such a curse. Think of about 95% of the superheroes.
Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.
Heroes aren’t heroes because they worship the light, but because they know the darkness all to well to stand down and live with it.
Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.
Someone needs to fight, someone needs to sacrifice, someone needs to inspire, someone needs to be a hero.
There are no heroes…in life, the monsters win.
George R.R. Martin
I think—the hero observes that nothing is so frightening as a labyrinth with no center.
Jorge Luis Borges
But no man’s a hero to himself.
The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks.
In the spirit of President’s Day, I thought it would be fun to get inspiration from each of our 45 presidents.
In all fairness, I could not spontaneously name all the presidents in order. (How about you?) So, not only was this a fun exercise in finding motivating quotes from our country’s leaders, but also a good lesson in history.
Each citation can provide you with insight and encouragement, regardless of what is going on in your life. They are not specific to the time in history when these men were in office, but are rather timeless wisdom.
1. George Washington
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
2. John Adams
“To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.”
3. Thomas Jefferson
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
4. James Madison
“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”
5. James Monroe
"It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future."
6. John Quincy Adams
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
7. Andrew Jackson
“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
8. Martin Van Buren
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”
9. William Henry Harrison
"Times change, and we change with them."
10. John Tyler
“I can never consent to being dictated to.”
11. James K. Polk
"The gratitude ... should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy."
12. Zachary Taylor
"I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me."
13. Millard Fillmore
"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."
14. Franklin Pierce
"While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles."
15. James Buchanan
“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
16. Abraham Lincoln
“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
17. Andrew Johnson
“If you always support the correct principles then you will never get the wrong results!”
18. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
“Every expert was once a beginner.”
20. James A. Garfield
“Right reason is stronger than force.”
21. Chester A. Arthur
“Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”
22. Grover Cleveland
“It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.”
23. Benjamin Harrison
“Great lives never go out; they go on.”
24. Grover Cleveland
“Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.”
25. William McKinley
“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.”
26. Theodore Roosevelt
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
27. William Howard Taft
“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”
28. Woodrow Wilson
“The object of love is to serve, not to win.”
29. Warren G. Harding
“There's good in everybody. Boost. Don't knock.”
30. Calvin Coolidge
“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”
31. Herbert Hoover
“Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.”
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
33. Harry S. Truman
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Pessimism never won any battle.”
35. John F. Kennedy
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
36. Lyndon B. Johnson
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
37. Richard M. Nixon
“Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”
38. Gerald R. Ford
“Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still 'beat the pack.'”
39. Jimmy Carter
“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.”
40. Ronald Reagan
“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”
41. George H. W. Bush
"No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit."
42. Bill Clinton
“If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”
43. George W. Bush
"A leadership is someone who brings people together."
44. Barack Obama
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
45. Donald Trump
“Without passion you don't have energy, without energy you have nothing.”
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