Monday, September 10, 2012


"If you can't out play them, outwork them."  -Ben Hogan
"The only thing wrong with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finishing." -Anonymous

“We had a saying with our team that we used as a reminder on down days: Hard Work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.’” –Kevin Eastman

“Anything can happen with hard work and dedication.” -Jerry West

"If your health is threatened, work. If disappointments surface, work. If your faith falters, work. If you inherit riches, continue to work. If your dreams are shattered, and the star of hope begins to darken your horizon, work. If sorry overwhelms you, or your friends prove untrue or desert you, work. If you are happy, keep right on working. No matter what ails you, work. Work as if your life depended on it, because it does." -Dennis Kimbro

“The successful man derives more pleasure and real satisfaction from his hard-working life than ever comes to the one who neglects his business and suffers the penalty which such neglect brings.” –Henry Baldwin Hyde

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good. That's just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you'd be surprised at how much you can have." –Woody Hayes

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Anonymous

"I was the first one in the gym, and the last one to leave." –Muhammad Ali

"Nothing will work unless you do." -- John Wooden

"Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. Instinct won't carry you through the entire journey. It's what you do in the moments between inspiration." -Cate Blanchett

''We got better yesterday. We got better on Wednesday. We're going to have a better team this Sunday. That really has been a trademark of this team ... to always make improvements over the course of the season. So I don't think we take weeks off. I don't think we take days off. We're always trying to get better.'' -Tom Brady
"If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I'd be out of a job." -Steve Nash

“There’s a simple doctrine: Outside of a person’s love, the most sacred thing they can give is their labor.” -James Carville

"When I played with Michael Jordan on the Olympic team, there was a huge gap between his ability and the ability of the other great players on that team. But what impressed me was that he was always the first one on the floor and the last one to leave." -Steve Alford

“The great ones come back every year with a new weapon or a new counter to one of the things that’s an important weapon to their game because teams are constantly adjusting to them.”  – Rick Carlisle on Dirk Nowitski

“Stop working, and your power, your ability, your endurance, your form will leave you. There’s only one way you can get to the top and stay there, in athletics, and that’s through long hours of hard work.” –Bob Richards

"One of the more important things we look for when we pick a player is that he is a worker, someone who will buy into our program. He has to be willing to lift weights and to condition himself...our experience has always been that the kids that are more self-starter-type guys are the ones who you eventually have more success with. The guys that you’ve got to kick all the time or push all the time, you sometimes fail with them because they get a little bit lazy." -Bill Parcells

“If you think you are working hard, you can work harder. If you think you are doing enough, there is more that you can do. No one really ever exhausts his full potential.” –Pete Carril

“I understand why this organization wins. They work extremely hard. Hard. I mean hard! My first couple of days here, I [would] call my agent and be like, ‘Man, what’d you get me into?’ It’s unbelievable. After that first day, I understood why they’re Super Bowl champions. I understand.” –Corey Dillion on the New England Patriots
"Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need hard work because it's such a tough atmosphere. You need togetherness because you don't always win and you gotta hang tough together." -Tony Dungy

“Hard work is never a waste. No one will say, "It is too bad he was such a good, hard worker." But if you aren't they will surely say, "It's too bad he was so lazy—he could have been so much more!" Hard work will leave a grand legacy. Give it your all on your trip around the earth. You will do a lot of good and leave a terrific legacy.” –Jim Rohn

"The way I see it, if I put two hours in by myself, then someone who is working out with somebody else has to put in four hours in order to beat me. That's the way I've always gone about it." -Larry Bird

“Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”-Theodore Roosevelt

“The personal physical exertion of leaders must not be overlooked. It is as important as any strategy or tactic.” -Karl Von Clousewitz

"If you really want something , you can have it if you're willing to pay the price. And the price means you have to work better and harder than the next guy." -Vince Lombardi

"The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” –Vince Lombardi
"I didn’t just show up for work, as has sometimes been said. I also showed up to work." -Cal Ripken

"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all." –Michelangelo

“The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight:
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It comes down to a very simple saying: There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way.” –Michael Jordan

“If you don’t back it up with performance and hard work, talking doesn’t mean a thing.” –Michael Jordan