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For basketball specific strength & conditioning resources, please visit:

Stronger Team | Alan Stein’s Blog: http://Blog.StrongerTeam.com

Training Products, Guides, Workouts, Programs: http://Shop.StrongerTeam.com

Stronger Team Information, Schedules, Articles, Services: http://www.StrongerTeam.com

Free Training Videos: http://www.youtube.com/StrongerTeamDotCom


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602 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Success On and Off the Court!

An Invaluable Resource for Coaches and Players of all Levels

Compiled by Alan Stein

I have been a self diagnosed “quote nerd” for as long as I can remember. Back in high school (in the early 90’s), I started with a spiral notebook and a pen and wrote down every quote I found inspiring. Quotes from movies, coaches, books, signs… you name it… if I saw it or heard it and found it uplifting, I wrote it down. Years later, I converted the growing collection into a computer database and added to it as often as I could.

As a professional basketball strength & conditioning coach, a big part of my job is to motivate my players to work hard consistently and to get them to do the things they don’t’ want to do because I know it will help them get to where they want to go. So there have been countless occasions where the inspiration from a specific quote has come in handy. I use quotes as tools to motivate my players as well as motivate myself.

While I am strength & conditioning coach by trade, my overall goal in life is simple; to inspire, to motivate, to influence and to help anyone who is passionate about basketball and training. I have found quotes are a valuable tool in doing just that. I am extremely thankful to have new platforms like Twitter, Facebook and my blog to impact players and coaches of all ages and levels… all over the world!

It is important to understand what follows is merely a collection of my favorite quotes. I am not the original author of any of these quotes, I merely compiled my favorites. I am sure you have heard (or read) many of them, but I am confident there are several that you haven’t. I have tried to pick quotes that transcend sports and are applicable to life as well. After all, life is the game we are all playing.

I have done my absolute best to give proper credit and recognize the original author of each of the quotes. However, you will notice many of the quotes do not have a known author... or at least I do not know, nor could I find, who originally said it. I sincerely apologize to any author who has not been given proper credit or if any quotes have been slightly altered or paraphrased.

While I didn’t officially tally them up, my guess would be the Most Quoted Award would go to the legendary John Wooden. You will also notice two other gentlemen whose names appear quite often; Steve Chandler (Club Fearless at ClubFearless.net) and Ralph Marston (The Daily Motivator at GreatDay.com). I am a fan of both of these men and genuinely appreciate their insightful, positive work.

I have chosen to list the quotes at random; they are in no particular order and are not categorized. Just a long running list of inspiration!

I hope you enjoy these quotes and use them to motivate yourself and those around you.

Work hard, have fun.

Alan Stein



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1. “The first thing you need to do when you find yourself in a hole… is stop digging.” Gary Mack

2. “Plan your work then work your plan.” Jay Virgil Mayhugh

3. “If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.”

Michelangelo 4. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

Aristotle 5. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really

are. Reputation is what people say you are.” John Wooden

6. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. “You don’t pull the tail of a lion when your head is in his mouth.”

Roy Williams 8. “I’ve always believed if you put in the work, the results will come.”

Michael Jordan 9. “Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do

difficult things easily.” Johann Friedrich Van Schiller

10. “Fall 7 times; stand up 8.”

Japanese Proverb 11. “You can make your life a triumph in spite of every adversity. Or you can make your life a mess in

spite of every advantage.” Steve Chandler

12. “The person who risks nothing… does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.” Denis Waitley

13. “That which does not destroy me only makes me stronger.”

Freidrich Neitzsche 14. “Practice makes perfect only if you practice perfect.”

Unknown 15. “Only keep the company of those that make you better.”

English Proverb 16. “If winning was easy; everyone would be doing it.”

Unknown 17. “Aspire to inspire before you expire.”



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18. “If I you have 8 hours to chop down a tree; I suggest you spend half of them sharpening your ax.” Abraham Lincoln

19. “Don’t throw away your hold bucket until you know the new one holds water.”

Swedish Proverb 20. “I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I’m going to be, but I am proud to say

I am better than I used to be.” John Wooden

21. “When you are satisfied you have played your best game; you probably have.”

Unknown 22. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

Moliere 23. “It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 24. “It’s better to say you don’t know than it is to lie about it.”

Ignas Bernstein 25. “Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past.”

Unknown 26. “People forget how fast you did a job, but they always remember how well you did it.”

Howard W. Newman 27. “People seldom want to walk all over you until you lie down.”

Elmer Wheeler 28. “Good and bad luck is a synonym for good and bad judgment.”

John Chatfield 29. “Don’t worry about being better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best that

you can be.” John Wooden

30. “I never worry about action, but only about in-action.” Winston Churchill

31. “Nothing is sometimes the right thing to say.”

Malcolm Forbes 32. “What a pleasure life would be if everybody would try to do half of what they expect others to do.”

William J.H. Boetcker 33. “It is not half as important to burn the midnight oil as it is to be awake in the daytime.”

E.W. Elmore 34. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self confidence is

preparation.” Arthur Ashe


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35. “The key to winning any game is to use your strengths and hide your weaknesses.” Paul Westphal

36. “Problems are the price you pay for progress.”

Branch Rickey 37. “Experience is the name we give our mistakes.”

Fred Shero 38. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you will achieve success.”

David Feherty 39. “Winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds winning.”

Hubert Green 40. “People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.”

Joe Gibbs 41. “Don’t whine, don’t complain, and don’t make excuses. Take ownership.”

John Wooden

42. “You play the way you practice.” Pop Warner

43. “Sweat + sacrifice = Success”

Charles O. Finley 44. “The quality of a person is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”

Ray Kroc 45. “Example is not the main thing influencing others. It is the only thing.”

Albert Schweitzer 46. “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

Booker T. Washington 47. “Persistence makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.”

Robert Half

48. “An army of asses led by a lion will always defeat an army of lions led by an ass.” Don Meyer

49. “If you can’t take the rubbing; how will you ever be polished?” Unknown

50. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Kevin Durant 51. “Everything is impossible until somebody does it.”


52. “Most people fail because they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.” Unknown


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53. “Success always looks easy to those who weren't around when it was being earned.” Unknown

54. “Failure is a part of success. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. There is no reward for always playing it safe.”


55. “There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who don’t know what’s happening.”


56. “You can’t always change things in the world, but you can always change things in your world.” Steve Chandler

57. “Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Unknown

58. “Don’t confuse being busy with being productive. There is a difference.” Unknown

59. “You need to learn to love the path to the prize as much as the prize itself. Success is a journey, not a destination.”

John Calipari

60. “Strive to accomplish the very best you are capable of. Nothing less than your best effort will suffice.”

John Wooden

61. “The more thankful you are for what you have, the more you will have to be thankful for.” Unknown

62. “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” Unknown

63. “People do not differ in their desire to win; they differ in the price they are willing to pay to win.” H.A. Dorman

64. “Temporary discomfort leads to permanent improvement.” Unknown

65. “You only feel pressure when you are not prepared.” Unknown

66. “Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t control. Instead, put your energy and focus on the things you can affect.”

Steve Chandler

67. “You only have two choices when you get out of bed; the choice to work hard or the choice to not work hard.”

Jim Valvano

68. “What goes around always comes back around, both good and bad.” Unknown


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69. “A great player can win any game. A great team can win every game.” Unknown

70. “I have failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeeded.” Michael Jordan

71. “Victory happens when thousands of hours of training meet one moment of opportunity.”


72. “A leader must accomplish the difficult task of getting those on the team to believe that we supersedes me.”

John Wooden 73. “Be the most enthusiastic person you know. Make your enthusiasm contagious.”


74. “Surround yourself with successful people. It’s best if you are not the wisest person in the room.” Unknown

75. “Never tire of doing what is right.” Messalonians 3:13

76. “Character is doing what is right even when no one is watching.”


77. “Dress for the job you want; not the one you have.” Unknown

78. “Never let anyone out work you or out hustle you. Ever.” Rick Pitino

79. “Passion is something that can’t be taught or bought; it must come from within.” Unknown

80. “Attitude is everything, so pick a good one.” Unknown

81. “Don’t pay a dollar for someone’s two cents.” Unknown

82. “Failure and rejection can be the best motivators and sources of learning. Setbacks can make you more determined and show you ways to improve.”

Ralph Marston

83. “Success favors the prepared mind.” Robin Sharma

84. “Everyone thinks they work hard, but most confuse activity with achievement.” Unknown

85. “Do what has to be done. Do it when it has to be done. Do it as well as you can. Do it this way all of the time.”

Bobby Knight


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86. “Do what others don’t do to have the things others don’t have.” Unknown

87. “If you don’t have the time to do it right; when will you have the time to do it over?”

John Wooden

88. “Success is determined by your daily choices and habits.” Rick Pitino

89. “Every morning imagine you are only one big break away from all of your dreams coming true. Approach everything as if it has the potential to be that big break.”


90. “Success comes from good decisions. Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions.”

Ellington Darden

91. “Good coaches know it’s not what you say; it’s what they hear that matters.” Unknown

92. “The secret to improving communication is to listen more and talk less. That’s why you have two ears and one mouth.”


93. “There are no mistakes – only lessons. Learn to view setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement.”

Robin Sharma

94. “Most people don’t aim too high and miss; they aim to low and hit.” Unknown

95. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb; that’s where the fruit is.” Unknown

96. “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to stay there.” John Wooden

97. “A lot of people talk; but most don’t say anything of real value.” Unknown

98. “It is just as important to be respected as it is to be good. Being respected will help get you through times when you aren’t so good.”


99. “Learn how to balance your life, professionally and personally. No one has ever been on their death bed and wished they would have worked more.”


100. “There are only two types of people; energy takers and energy givers. You need to be an energy giver and surround yourself with energy givers if you want to be successful.”


101. “The only limits on your life are those you set on yourself.” Robin Sharma


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102. “A bad habit is any habit that doesn’t serve you in a positive way.” Unknown

103. “You have to feel good about yourself to be successful.” Unknown

104. “The more adversity you face the more positive you have to be.” Unknown

105. “Anyone can be great for a day or a week. It is consistent, long term excellence that is most impressive.”


106. “Be happy now. Don’t wait for something to make you happy in the future.” Ralph Marston

107. “When you make a mistake there are only three things you should do: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.”


108. “Basketball is a we game; not a me game. Do you play for the scoreboard or the scorebook?” Kevin Eastman

109. “Fun is doing difficult things well.” Jay Bilas

110. “Don’t try to get through the workout, try to get from the workout.” Kevin Eastman

111. “Good players play hard for the first hour of practice. Great players play hard for the second hour as well.”


112. “To be successful you have to know the secret of L.I.F.E. – Listen, Intensity, Focus, and Enthusiasm.”

Herman “Tree” Harried

113. “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” Unknown

114. “Spend one hour working on your craft for every hour you spend working in your craft.” Unknown

115. “Want to get ahead of your competition? Put in one hour of extra work each day. That is 5 extra per week, 20 extra per month, and 240 extra hours per year!”

John Calipari

116. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Unknown

117. “It is amazing how much a team can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.” John Wooden

118. “If you want to be happy; act happy.” Unknown


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119. “Whether you are somewhere for 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 weeks or 5 years, always leave it better than you found it.”


120. “It can take years to build someone’s trust and two seconds to lose it.” Unknown

121. “Happiness is something you decide ahead of time.” Unknown

122. “Successful people create opportunities; they don’t just wait for them to happen.” Unknown

123. “Your I can is more important than your I.Q.” Unknown

124. “The secret to success is finding out what you truly love to do and then directing all of your energy towards doing it.”

Ralph Marston

125. “The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.” Steve Chandler

126. “Weak minds lead to weak actions.” Unknown

127. “The purpose of life is having a life of purpose.” Robin Sharma

128. “The only way to improve tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.” Unknown

129. “Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more, nothing less.”


130. “A leader must be what he wants the team to become.” John Wooden

131. “When you improve yourself, you improve the lives of those around you.” Unknown

132. “Willpower allows you to do what you said you would do when you said you would do it.” Unknown

133. “80% of your results come from 20% of your time. Successful people focus on that 20%.” Unknown

134. “Allow me to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Alcoholics Anonymous Mantra

135. “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” Unknown


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136. “Never quit. My book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, was turned down by the first 33 publishers. It has since sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.”

Jack Canfield

137. “Every action you take has a certain and unavoidable consequence. Everything you do makes a difference in one way or another.”

Ralph Marston

138. “What would happen if the person you are ever met the person you could have been?” Unknown

139. “If you are not having a good day, make it a good day!” Unknown

140. “Once you begin to take action, you've made an investment. The more of your time and energy and focus you invest, the more you'll be motivated to see it through no matter what.”

Ralph Marston

141. “There are no big things, only an accumulation of little things done well.” John Wooden

142. “Every night before you go to sleep, ask yourself this question: I just traded 24 hours of my life for what I got today; am I happy with the trade?”


143. “If you only work hard when you feel like it, nothing will ever get done.” Unknown

144. “Make the most out of today; it will be over tomorrow.” Unknown

145. “Act now; opportunities do not wait for conditions to be perfect.” Unknown

146. “Long term success is achieved by not trading it for short term pleasure.” Robin Sharma

147. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Unknown

148. “Everything will be OK in the end. If things aren’t OK; then it isn’t the end.” Unknown

149. “Don’t waste time climbing the ladder only to realize it was leaning against the wrong wall.” Unknown

150. “The value you experience in life is precisely equal to the value that you put into life.” Unknown

151. “The depth of your struggle will determine the height of your success.” Steve Chandler

152. “It takes 10,000 hours to truly master a skill.” Malcolm Gladwell


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153. “Repetition is not a form of punishment.” Tates Locke

154. “Make all of your work count for something by seeing it through to the finish.” Ralph Marston

155. Connect your goal to a meaningful purpose. When you're clear about why, you'll surely be able to take care of how.

Steve Chandler

156. “Failure is an important part of development. If you never fail you aren’t challenging yourself.” Gary Mack

157. “It's great to dream but there is no substitute for action. Go beyond just thinking you can do something. Take action and know for sure.”

Ralph Marston

158. “Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Your comfort zone is your enemy.” Gary Mack

159. “Adversity is usually a prerequisite to great things.” Unknown

160. “You can have anything in life if you are willing to ask 1,000 people for it. Are you willing to ask that many? Most people quit after 2 or 3 no’s.”

Byron Katie

161. “Be humble. No matter how good you are; there is always someone better.” Unknown

162. “Keep your commitments; even when you don’t want to. Nothing is more important than keeping

your word.” Ralph Marston

163. “Don’t let your God given talents be a crutch. You never know when they will be taken away from you.”


164. “Respect every opponent; don’t take anyone lightly. On any given night, you can beat anyone. On any given night, anyone can beat you.”


165. “Don’t judge yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you could’ve accomplished given your ability.”

John Wooden

166. “Your situation is what it is. Yet your perspective on that situation is whatever you choose for it to be. You will see what you decide to see.”

Steve Chandler

167. “It’s not who you play; it’s how you play.” Unknown

168. “Every workout, every practice, and every game is a chance to improve. Take advantage.” Unknown


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169. “Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.” Morgan Wootten

170. “You must believe you are good enough and you have put in the work to deserve success. If you don’t believe in you; who will?”


171. “A good coach will tell you what you need to hear; not what you want to hear.” Unknown

172. “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success; but without it you have no chance.”

Roy Williams 173. “If everything you do is working; you are not pushing yourself hard enough.”


174. “Success is the self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

John Wooden

175. “Excellence in small, unimportant things leads to excellence in big, important things.” Unknown

176. “Take pride in overcoming difficulties. The greater the difficulty, the greater the pride.” Unknown

177. “Be thankful for challenges and enjoy working through them. They are where real value is created.”

Ralph Marston

178. “The more effort you invest in a task, the less likely you will be to abandon that investment and quit.”


179. “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing; you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. If you don’t like what you’ve been getting; stop doing what you’ve been doing.”


180. “To whom much is given; much is expected.” Unknown

181. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Unknown

182. “Little hinges swing big doors.”


183. “Don't wait for the energy to get going. Get yourself moving and you'll create the energy necessary to keep you in motion.”

Steve Chandler

184. “In ways small and large, the world is filled with opportunities to make a difference. Take initiative.”

Ralph Marston


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185. “Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” Unknown

186. “You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” Jay-Z

187. “Success does not require extraordinary ability. Success comes from ordinary abilities applied with extraordinary persistence.”


188. “Success is not a matter of getting it right every time. Success comes from continuing to persist until you eventually get it right.”


189. “The only lasting form of discipline is self- discipline.” Bum Phillips

190. “Things aren’t always what they seem. Only when the tide goes out do you see who's been swimming naked.”


191. “Lack of willpower and drive cause more failures than lack of intelligence and ability.” Robin Sharma

192. “A sincere compliment is one of the most effective motivational methods in existence.” Unknown

193. “Give loyalty and loyalty will be returned in abundance.” John Wooden

194. “The player who can push themselves further once the situation gets uncomfortable is the one who will win.”


195. “The greatest power you have is the power to choose. Wherever you are today, you are there because you have chosen to be there.”

Lou Holtz

196. “If you get yourself too engrossed in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect the things over which you do have control.”


197. “The way to be nothing is to do nothing.” Unknown

198. “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Unknown

199. “Many failures have occurred because people did not know how close they were to success when they gave up.”



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200. “Don’t ever walk by someone without opening your mouth; even a dog can wag its tail when it passes you on the street. It doesn’t cost a thing, nor require any effort, to say hello or good morning.”

Howard “H” White

201. “Why be negative about something when it is just as easy to be positive?” Unknown

202. “Don’t hold other people responsible for things you do and decisions you make. If you don’t like where you are in life; look in the mirror… don’t point a finger.”

Lou Holtz

203. “Make a meaningful contribution to everything and everyone you are involved with. If you aren’t making those around you better; you are making them worse.”

Ralph Marston

204. “Everyone gets 24 hours in a day. Successful people get more out of those 24 hours than everyone else does.”


205. “Don’t ever do anything you wouldn’t want printed on the front page of the USA Today.” Unknown

206. “It’s important you believe you can win it all. But don’t assume you will win it all.” Coach K

207. “Be concerned with what is right rather than who is right.” John Wooden

208. “Making your bed is a sign of discipline and you must be disciplined to be successful.” Unknown

209. “Remember your roots when you taste success. Share your success with your family and friends; but always stay grounded.”


210. “Jealousy is a waste of time. Spend less time hating and more time learning and emulating people who do what you do and do it well.”

Ralph Marston

211. “One hour of proper planning saves three hours of execution.” Steve Chandler

212. “Self belief is the absolute core of being successful in anything.” Jeffrey Gitomer

213. “A champion wins in his or her mind first and then plays the game; not the other way around.” Alex Rodriguez

214. “One key to success is learning how to focus on the task at hand and not let negative thoughts intrude.”

Gary Mack

215. “Successful people make a habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” Michael Phelps


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216. “The block of granite is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak and a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.”

Thomas Carlyle

217. “As the challenge elevates, the need for teamwork escalates.” Sir Edmund Hillary

218. “Great teams are not built by extraordinary players, but by ordinary players doing extraordinary things.”


219. “There are only two types of leaders: those who believe in themselves and lift everyone up and those with a poor self image and pull everybody down.”

Lou Holtz

220. “Being respectful is more important than being right.” Unknown

221. “More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying that they made them.”


222. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” Benjamin Disraeli

223. “Don’t be self conscious, coach conscious, or fan conscious. Be task conscious. Be game conscious.”

Gary Mack

224. “You will become your habits in pressure situations.” Unknown

225. “The best way to grow and improve is to surround yourself with people who are more successful than you are.”


226. “I can accept failure. I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

227. “Opportunities are never lost; but someone will take the ones you miss.”


228. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain; but the fun in life is the challenge of the climb.” Unknown

229. “When in doubt, just take the next small step.” Unknown

230. “Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. The grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence.”


231. “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” John Wooden


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232. “When it comes to going after what you love in life; don’t ever take no for an answer.” Unknown

233. “What other people think of you is none of your business.” Unknown

234. “Self confidence comes from repetition and knowing you deserve success because you’ve worked harder than everyone else.”


235. “Do the right thing; not simply the easiest thing.” Unknown

236. “Always exceed expectations and do more than is required.” George S. Patton

237. “The attitude of do what I say not as I do is a destroyer of respect, legitimacy, and integrity.” Unknown

238. “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

239. “Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what needs to be done and let them surprise you with their results.”

George S. Patton

240. “Delegating works provided the one doing the delegating works too.” Robert Half

241. “Always respect your competition. To disrespect your competition is to disrespect yourself.” Coach K

242. “A successful person makes more opportunities than they find.” Unknown

243. “The uphill climb is slow; but the downhill road as fast.” John Wooden

244. “Learn to do more than you are paid for so you will eventually be paid for more than you do.” Unknown

245. “Knowledge X practice = proficiency. Proficiency X motivation = productivity. Productivity X consistency = success.”


246. “If you want to be successful, find what most people do and do the opposite.” Unknown

247. “Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal. Nothing can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

248. “Today’s opportunities erase yesterday’s failures.” Gene Brown


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249. “To finish first; you’ve got to run like you’re in second.” Unknown

250. “The person who tried and failed is superior to the person who never tried.” Unknown

251. “Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.” Brad Weingartner

252. “Energy and persistence will conquer most things.” Benjamin Franklin

253. “It is not the will to win that is important; it is the will to prepare to win.” Bobby Knight

254. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather the lack of will.”

Vince Lombardi

255. “There will be two buses leaving for the game. The 2pm bus will be for those who need some extra practice. The empty bus will leave at 5pm.”

Dave Bristol

256. “Competition is a byproduct of productive work, not its goal. A person should be motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

Ayn Rand

257. “Real strength is not gained overnight; it is cultivated over time. This is true for both physical and emotional strength.”

David Shaw

258. “If you believe in yourself, have dedication, pride, and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.”

Paul “Bear” Bryant

259. “Champions are made when nobody is watching.” Unknown

260. “Things achieved without effort are seldom worthwhile or long lasting.” John Wooden

261. “What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.”


262. “Seven days without strength training makes one weak.” Unknown

263. “If fifty million people say foolish thing; it is still a foolish thing.” Anatole France

264. “If you want to guarantee you hit your target, simply shoot first, and call whatever you hit your target.”

Ashleigh Brilliant


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265. “The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” Steve Jobs

266. “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it.” W. Somerset Maugham

267. “Don’t skate to where the puck is, skate to where it is going.” Wayne Gretzky

268. “One person with passion is greater than 99 who only have an interest.” Unknown

269. “Reputation is valuable; character is priceless.” Unknown

270. “Others can stop you temporarily; only you can do it permanently.” Unknown

271. “He who asks a question is a fool for 5 minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”

Chinese Proverb

272. “The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with them.” Unknown

273. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” Unknown

274. “The impossible; what nobody can do until somebody does.” Unknown

275. “The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.”

Edward Simmons

276. “It’s the little things you do to make the big things happen.” Unknown

277. “In the eyes of average people, average is outstanding.” Unknown

278. “Push yourself to keep improving or you’ll stay as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

279. “A person who really wants to do something finds a way; others find an excuse.” Unknown

280. “If you’re satisfied with good; you’ll never be great.” Unknown

281. “Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.” Unknown

282. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.” Irving Berlin


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283. “The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.” Unknown

284. “Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it.” George Halas

285. “Those who can… do. Those who can’t… criticize.” Unknown

286. “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

287. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln

288. “The difference between mediocre and excellent is usually a very small amount of effort.” Unknown

289. “You will have more success in two months by being interested in other people than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in you.”

Jeffrey Gitomer

290. “The loudest boos always come from the fans in the cheap seats.” Unknown

291. “In most walks of life, communication skills are just as important as technical skills.” Coach K

292. “The people who have earned the right to boast don’t have to.” Unknown

293. “Most people are like a wheelbarrow; they go no further than they are pushed.” Unknown

294. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

295. “What’s right is right even if everyone is against it, and what’s wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”


296. “It takes years to make an overnight success.” Eddie Cantor

297. “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” Elbert Hubbard

298. “Just because it is common sense doesn’t mean it is common practice. Common sense is not so common.”


299. “You may occasionally give out; but never give up.” Mary Crowley


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300. “Some succeed because they’re destined to; most succeed because they are determined to.” Unknown

301. “Be concerned with your preparation, not theirs. Your execution, not theirs. Your desire, not theirs. Don’t worry about them. Let them worry about you.”

John Wooden

302. “It is often the last key on the ring that opens the door.” Unknown

303. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Unknown

304. “Have respect for, without fear of, every opponent you play. Have confidence without cockiness in regard to yourself and your team.”

John Wooden 305. “Winners do what losers don’t want to do.”


306. “A winner works hard to achieve success. A loser works hard to find a shortcut.” Unknown

307. “Great opportunities come to those who make the most of the small ones.” Unknown

308. “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Unknown

309. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Effie Jones

310. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.” George S. Patton

311. “Experience is not what happens to a person. Experience is what a person does with what happens to them.”

Aldous Huxley

312. “Your future depends on what you do in the present. Today is important.” Unknown

313. “Seek to get it perfect, yet even when it won't be perfect go ahead and get it done to the best of your ability.”

Ralph Marston

314. “Quality work never goes out of style.” Levi Strauss

315. “It’s not the number of hours you put in; it’s what you put into those hours that matters.” Unknown

316. “What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Paul “Bear” Bryant


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317. “Do more than you currently do to have more than you currently have.” Unknown

318. “Good habits are just as hard to break as bad ones.” Colleen Mariah Rae

319. “Most people have the desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.”

John Maxwell

320. “Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams.” Unknown

321. “A hero is an ordinary person who performs an ordinary task in an extraordinary situation.” Unknown

322. “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” Unknown

323. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

324. “Success doesn’t come to you; you have to go get it.” Marva Collins

325. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Gary Player

326. “You can never go wrong by doing what’s right.” Unknown

327. “You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

328. “To be successful you don’t have to do extraordinary things. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily well.”


329. “You must earn the right to be confident.” John Wooden

330. “Persistence is the hard work you do after you finish doing the hard work you’ve already done.” Unknown

331. “There are those who see an opportunity and then there are those who seize an opportunity.” Unknown

332. “There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. That’s its only reward.” Robert Frost

333. “The price of excellence is discipline. The price of mediocrity is disappointment.” William Ward

334. “Winners don’t do different things. Winners do things differently.” Unknown


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335. “Motivation is what gets you started. Heart is what keeps you going.” Unknown

336. “Adversity will cause some people to break, others to break records.” William Ward

337. “The way you think is the way you are. Choose thoughts that empower you, inspire you, and compel you to give your best effort in everything you do.”

Ralph Marston

338. “If you’re going to strike out, strike out swinging.” Babe Ruth

339. “Competing is like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.”

Robert Strauss

340. “Everyone wants to be successful. But very few are willing to make the effort and the sacrifices to become successful.”


341. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

342. “There are only two options regarding commitment. Either you’re in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as in between.”

Pat Riley

343. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” John Wooden

344. “Think big, believe big, and act big, and the results will be big!” Unknown

345. “The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, others willing to let them.” Unknown

346. “Those who seek knowledge and instruction find the path of enlightenment before anyone else.” Robin Sharma

347. “Focus is important. If you try to chase two rabbits, both will escape.” Unknown

348. “Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.” Ray Knight

349. “A good coach can make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” Ara Parasheghian

350. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Vince Lombardi

351. Sports do not build character. They reveal it. Haywood Brown


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352. “If opportunity doesn’t knock; build a door.” Milton Berle

353. “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” Earl Wilson

354. “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mary Kay Ash

355. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Beverly Sills

356. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you have.” H. Jackson Brown

357. “Success is not measured by what you do compared to someone else. Success is measured by what you do compared to what you’re capable of doing.”

Zig Ziglar

358. “What you do is so loud people can’t hear what you say. Actions speak louder than words.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

359. “Being without a goal is like being in a boat without a rudder.” Unknown

360. “Goals are important. If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?”


361. “The goal should be progress; not perfection. Be inspired by perfection; not stifled by it.” Ralph Marston

362. “The reason most goals are not achieved is because people spend their time doing secondary things first.”

David Allen

363. “Spend more time listening than you do talking; it will add greatly to the effectiveness of what you say.”


364. “Personal greatness is not determined by the size of the job, but by the size of the effort that one puts into the job.”

John Wooden

365. “Success does not come to those who merely have great ideas. Success comes to those who have great ideas and who follow through on them.”


366. “Each setback provides an opportunity to recover. And each time you recover, you grow stronger.”



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367. “Do you wish to be in the right place at the right time? Then commit to creating real value in every time and place where you find yourself.”


368. “It serves no purpose to wish for what you don't have. Instead use that energy to take action and get what you want!”

Steve Chandler

369. “Each individual on your team needs to take responsibility for their own performance and actions.”

Coach K

370. “Success is fully available to anyone who decides to make the effort and the commitment.” Unknown

371. “When there's the possibility of making a bad impression, there is also the possibility to make a great impression.”

Ralph Marston

372. “Success comes from being able to accept the risk of failure.” Unknown

373. “When there's something on the line, there's something to be gained.” Unknown

374. “The world does not owe you success. But the world gives you plenty of resources and opportunities to create all the success you want.”

Ralph Marston

375. “Many coaches confuse control with respect; there is a difference. Respect must be earned.” Denny Kuiper

376. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away.”


377. “Accountability means following the rules and discipline means enforcing those rules.” Denny Kuiper

378. “If you want the rainbow; you have to put up with the rain.” Unknown

379. “Success may result in winning but winning does not necessarily make you a success.” John Wooden

380. “If you want to walk on water; you have to be willing to step out of the boat.” Unknown

381. “The only important shot is the next one; because no matter how hard you try, that is the only one you can still affect.”


382. “Failing at something is OK as long as you learn from it and it doesn't become a habit.” Unknown


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383. “Event + Response = Outcome. If you don’t like the outcomes you’ve been getting, and you can’t change the event; then you better change your response!”

Jack Canfield

384. “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to something simple.” Unknown

385. “Effective leaders learn how to manage their stress and use it to enhance their performance.” Unknown

386. “To be successful you need to stay within your strength zone but constantly leave your comfort zone.”


387. “When you are truly and fully committed to a specific outcome, you can make it happen. Taking action is what authenticates and locks in your commitment.”

Ralph Marston

388. “To be mentally tough you have to embrace obstacles. Expect nothing to be easy.” Michael Phelps

389. “Try your hardest, make the effort, and do your best.” John Wooden

390. “Learn as if you will live forever; live as though you will die tomorrow.” Steve Chandler

391. “What you think affects how you feel and how you perform. Training your brain is as important as training your body.”

Gary Mack

392. “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability. The higher you set the standard for yourself; the higher your self-image and confidence.”

Lou Holtz

393. “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.” John Wooden

394. “Whatever you think is holding you back is not what is actually holding you back. What's holding you back is the thought that something is holding you back.”

Steve Chandler

395. “You can’t make up for a poor effort today by giving 110% tomorrow.” John Wooden

396. “It’s not just who you know; it’s also who knows you.” Jeffrey Gitomer

397. “The mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Instead of suppressing what you don’t want to happen focus on what you do want to happen.”

Gary Mack

398. “We become what we think about most.” Michael Phelps


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399. “It’s not that you can’t; it’s that you haven’t.” Steve Chandler

400. “Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

401. “Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.” John Wooden

402. “Be quick but don’t hurry.” John Wooden

403. “No team or person, no matter how good they are, can win on reputation alone. You have to earn success.”

Coach K

404. “You will never find the time for anything. If you want something bad enough you will make the time for it.”

John Wooden

405. “Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.” Janet Lane

406. “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. You can never carry them over to the next day. Never take a second for granted!”


407. “Stay in the moment. There is nothing you can do about the past and the future is never guaranteed.”


408. “Do your best in everything you do. Attack everything with excellence and enthusiasm. The rest will take care of itself.”


409. “Real achievement demands many consistent, focused efforts spread over long periods of time.” Unknown

410. “It is not as important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.” Unknown

411. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” Hannah More

412. “Think like a person of action; act like a person of thought.” Unknown

413. “Confidence is contagious. Unfortunately so is lack of confidence.” Unknown

414. “Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” Michael Jordan

415. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Hugh C. Cameron


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416. “The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.” Unknown

417. “The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.” John Wooden

418. “We tend to get what we expect.” Unknown

419. “The quality of a person is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” Unknown

420. “Focus is putting all of your eggs in one basket and then watching that basket.” Andrew Carnegie

421. “When you come to the end of your rope; simply tie a knot and hang on!” Unknown

422. “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining. Don’t wait for the rain!” Unknown

423. “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” George S. Patton

424. “Experience tells you what to do. Confidence allows you to do it.” Stan Smith

425. “Practice without improvement is meaningless.” Chuck Knox

426. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Unknown

427. “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unknown

428. “Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes don’t believe them.”

John Wooden

429. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” Unknown

430. “The only sure thing about luck is it is bound to change.” Unknown

431. “The dog that trots around finds a bone.” Unknown

432. “Competitive toughness is an acquired skill, not an inherited trait.” Gary Mack

433. “The most welcomed person is the one who knows when it is time to go.” Unknown


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434. “Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You’ll be surprised that the result.”

John Wooden

435. “If at first you don’t succeed… you are running about average.” Unknown

436. “Proper preparation boosts confidence.” Unknown

437. “Expectations without action amounts to little more than empty wishes. Actions without specific,

positive expectations will fail to achieve the desired result.” Ralph Marston

438. “Success happens when you stop talking and start doing.” Unknown

439. “A player that makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.” Unknown

440. “Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin

441. “If I advance, follow me. If I stop, push me. If I fall, inspire me.” Robert Cushing

442. “Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land.” Unknown

443. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

Dr. Suess

444. “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” Walt Disney

445. “An effective leader is very good at listening. It is difficult to listen when you’re talking.” John Wooden

446. “It's not good enough to do your best; you also have to do what's required.”

Winston Churchill

447. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.”

William Jennings Bryan

448. “Examine what you believe to be impossible; then change your belief.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

449. “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” Charles Schwab


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450. “Enthusiasm is the daily food for successful people.” Marie Svistunovs

451. “You can always do more than you think you can.” John Wooden

452. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison

453. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Erin Majors

454. “Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.” Unknown

455. “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” Henry Mintzburg

456. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

457. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” Sun Tzo

458. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison

459. “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison

460. “Never let a day pass that you will have cause to say, I will do better tomorrow.” Brigham Young

461. “You can't build your reputation on what you're going to do.” Henry Ford

462. “A losing season doesn't mean that you are a losing team.” Unknown

463. “Don't do things half-heartedly. If you do, then you can expect half-hearted results.” Unknown

464. “There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” Vince Lombardi

465. “The road to success is always under construction.” Arnold Palmer

466. “If you always do what you've always done, you will always be where you've always been.” Unknown

467. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Unknown


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468. “A giant avalanche begins with a tiny snowflake.” Joseph D. Compton

469. “A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.” Unknown

470. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”


471. “A single day is enough time to make you a little better.” Unknown

472. “You must lose a fly to catch a trout.” Unknown

473. “If you think you can't do it, stop thinking and start doing. The smallest positive action can begin to erase even the biggest doubt.”

Ralph Marston

474. “A good leader is a person who can step on your toes without messing up your shine.” Unknown

475. “Pay less attention to what people say and more attention to what they do.” Andrew Carnegie

476. “Greatness usually lies just beyond fatigue.” Unknown

477. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden

478. “If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.” Unknown

479. “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you're made of.”


480. “Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” Unknown

481. “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” Frank A. Clark

482. “There are two kinds of failures; the person who will do nothing they are told and the person who will do nothing else.”

Perle Washington

483. “Strive for perfection and settle for excellence.” Unknown

484. “Things are never as bad as they seem or as a good as they seem. Somewhere in the middle is reality so always keep things in perspective.”



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485. “The 10 minute period before you go to sleep and the 10 minute period after you first wake are profoundly important to your subconscious mind. Use this time wisely.”

Robin Sharma

486. “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” Unknown

487. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” John Wooden

488. “If you are constantly looking back at your failures then you are limiting your future successes.” Unknown

489. “Confidence is demonstrated performance.” Unknown

490. “Being down is only permanent if you make it that way.” Unknown

491. “You have to expect success, earn success, and deserve success to have success.” Unknown

492. “Without pain there is no pleasure. Without valleys there are no mountaintops. Without struggle there is no achievement.”

John Calipari

493. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

494. “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort, but where they stand in times of adversity.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

495. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

496. “If you quit you don’t give yourself the chance to find out what you might have been.” Jacques Lemaire

497. “The strong do what they will; the weak do what they must.” Thucydides

498. “Everything of value is hard to get. Most people miss their destiny because they weren’t willing to pay the price.”

William Barclay

499. “Defeat is a greater test of character than winning.” Richard Nixon

500. “Do you want to succeed? Stop focusing on getting what you want and start focusing on helping others get what they want.”

Steve Chandler


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501. “Success is not measured by the position you have reached in life, but by the obstacles you have overcome to get there.”

Booker T. Washington

502. “The most common thing in our society is unsuccessful people with potential.” Hubie Brown

503. “If you aren’t going to go all the way, why go at all?” Joe Namath

504. “Never let your successes go to your head. Never let you failures go to your heart.” Phil Jackson

505. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear… not the absence of fear.” Mark Twain

506. “Mental toughness is forcing yourself to act differently than you feel and being able to keep your mind in the moment.”

Jack Dahm

507. “You can’t do anything about yesterday, and the only way to improve tomorrow is by what you do right now.”

John Wooden

508. “You can’t lead the cavalry if you can’t sit in the saddle.” Unknown

509. “Be a headlight, not a tail light.” Fred Shuttleworth

510. “The formula for failure? Try to please everyone all of the time.” Herbert Bayard Swope

511. “Here is a six word formula for success: think things through then follow through.” Eddie Rickenbacker

512. “What it takes to be successful is simple, but not easy.” Marv Levy

513. “Commitment is an act, not a word.” Jean-Paul Sartre

514. “Hard work is relative to what you are accustomed to.” Dick Vermeil

515. “A brilliant idea is a job only half done. You have to follow through.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

516. “Being dedicated to success means sacrificing instant gratification for long term achievement.” H.A. Dorfman

517. “Don’t argue with a fool; you have more to lose than they do.” Viking Proverb


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518. “If you always stay in the middle of the road you greatly increase your chance of getting run over!”


519. “Development comes from listening. You never learn anything from talking.” Lou Holtz

520. “Common sense is genius dressed in work clothes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

521. “Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters for a reason.” Unknown

522. “Always over prepare so you don’t under perform.” Gary Mack

523. “All championship seasons begin with championship off-seasons.” John Amabile

524. “The ecstasy of victory comes from the monotony of repetition.” Unknown

525. “Every time you are not practicing, someone else is. And if you ever play them; they’ll win.” George Brett

526. “Make sure you do all of the little things your competitors fail to do.” Hubie Brown

527. “It’s not so much where you currently are; it’s the direction in which you are moving that matters most.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

528. “Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you can fly.” Unknown

529. “Character is made by what you stand for; reputation is made by what you fall for.” Robert Quillen

530. “Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” David Star Jordan

531. “It is not your abilities that show who you really are; it is your choices.” Unknown

532. “Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.” Unknown

533. “H.I.T. – play Hard, play Intelligently, and play Together.” John Wooden

534. “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” Satchel Paige


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535. “A smart coach will watch for something he doesn’t want to see and listen for things he doesn’t want to hear.”

John Madden

536. “The player who complains about the way ball bounces is usually the one who drops it.” Lou Holtz

537. “Rules of life: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and do your best.” Unknown

538. “Time is the most valuable thing you can spend.” Unknown

539. “It’s rarely crowded on the extra mile.” Unknown

540. “Practice isn’t what you do once you are good at something; practice is what you do to get good at something.”

Steve Chandler

541. “It’s better to be alone than in bad company.” Unknown

542. “Think about the big things while you are doing the small things to make sure the small things are lining up in the right direction.”

John Wooden

543. “Winners find a way; losers find an excuse.” Unknown

544. Tough times don’t last; tough people do. Unknown

545. “Only the mediocre are always at their best.” Unknown

546. “The only exercise losers get is jumping to conclusions, side stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.”


547. “An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” Unknown

548. “Good is not good enough if better is expected.” Lou Lamoriello

549. “A true teammate knows it’s not about being better than one another, but making one another better.”


550. “There is no substitute for strength and no excuse for a lack of it.” Unknown

551. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work hard on the days when you feel great.” Unknown


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552. “If you want to improve your team you must improve yourself.” Unknown

553. “Leaders are like eagles; they don’t flock, you find them one at a time.” Unknown

554. “Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.”

Malcolm Forbes

555. “When you ask a thoroughbred to work, it works. When you ask a donkey to work, it kicks. Be a racehorse, not a jackass.”


556. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision and to direct individual accomplishments toward team objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to achieve uncommon results.”


557. “Persistence and patience is exemplified by the stonecutter who hammers away at a piece of rock. He may hit the rock 100 times without so much as a crack showing. Then, on the 101st hit, the rock will split in two. It was not that hit that did it, but an accumulation of all that came before it.”


558. “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. Moral? It doesn’t matter who you are, when the sun comes up, you better start running!”


559. “Remember this your lifetime through, tomorrow there’ll be more to do. And failure waits for those who stay, on some success earned yesterday. Tomorrow you must try once more, yet even harder than before.”

Unknown 560. “If you can’t risk, you can’t grow. If you can’t grow, you can’t become your best. If you can’t

become your best, you can’t be happy. If you can’t be happy, what else matters?” Unknown

561. “Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions.

Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”


562. “Champions do not become champions on the court. They become recognized on the court. They become champions because of their daily routine and commitment to excellence. Players do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.”



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563. “I am the most desirable thing in life. Without me no can be healthy, happy, or useful. Without me, the hidden wealth and vast resources of this earth would have no value. Men and women who try to get along without me are characterless, selfish, undeveloped, useless, and unprofitable members of society. I am behind every fortune, every art and science, every real achievement, and every victory. People try to find substitutes for me hoping to secure a larger measure of happiness, peace, and satisfaction, but they are always left bitterly disappointed. Instead of gain, every substitute for me brings them loss. I am greater than wealth, power, fame, or any acquired possession because I am the true source to which those things are acquired. Who am I? I AM WORK.”


564. “Vague goals produce vague results.” Jack Canfield

565. “Do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t.” Jack Canfield

566. “The overnight sensation understands better than anyone that success never happens overnight.”

Ian Thompson

567. “If you are always striving to achieve success defined by someone else, you’ll always be frustrated. Define your own success.”

Coach K

568. “Whatever you do now sets up what you do later. And there is always a later.” Coach K

569. “You can’t win every game, but you can learn from every game.” Coach K

570. “When things aren’t working, try something new and different. Be creative. Never give up. Never.” Coach K

571. “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”

Arthur Ashe

572. “Winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.” Manuel Diotte

573. “If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning isn’t very exciting.”

Dick Vermeil

574. “Winning is the science of being totally prepared.” George Allen

575. “A winner is someone who recognizes their natural talents, works their tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish their goals.”

Larry Bird

576. “It’s never too late to get to where you want to be.” Unknown


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577. “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity that never presents itself, than to be unprepared for one that does.”


578. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success." Unknown

579. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

580. “If you have more than 3 priorities then you don’t have any.”

Jim Collins

581. “In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the pursuit of happiness, every day something is dropped.”


582. “No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.” Unknown

583. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

584. “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Carlos Castaneda

585. “A good coach balances what their players need with what their players want.” Jim Kielbaso

586. “You must be persistent in your discipline and habits if you want to be successful.” Jack Canfield

587. “The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance something will happen in your favor. The longer you persist, the greater your chance of success. Don’t ever quit.”

Jack Canfield

588. “Whenever a problem arises, you need to brainstorm three ways to get around it, over it, or through it.”

Jack Canfield

589. “Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.”

Michael Leboeuf

590. “Talent, brilliance, and energy mean nothing if you don’t have the ability to harness it and focus it on your specific goals.”

Zig Ziglar


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591. “Good coaches only use what they can teach and only use what they believe in.” Hubie Brown

592. “You do not have to win a championship to be a champion.” Don Meyer

593. "Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy." Baltasar Gracian

594. “Any job worth doing is worth doing right.” Unknown

595. “There is NEVER a good reason for lack of effort. EVER.” Unknown

596. “Success is not measured by the level at which you coach, but rather by your ability to help your players improve.”


597. “You prosper in direct proportion to what you contribute to the lives of those around you.” Unknown

598. “A poor craftsman blames his tools.” Unknown

599. “You are never so good that you can’t get better.” Unknown

600. “As a coach, only coach what you know… and spend time learning what you don’t know.” Unknown

601. “You can never win a championship in September; but you sure as hell can lose one.” Jim Boeheim

602. “Commitment to excellence + consistency of effort = success.” Unknown


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BONUS: 5 Laws of Success (from Go Givers Sell More)

1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

2. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

3. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.

4. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.

5. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.


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BONUS SECTION: 28 Books Every Coach and Player Should Read

(Listed in no particular order)

1. 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself by Steven Chandler 2. Mind Gym by Gary Mack 3. Little Black Book of Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer 4. The Bald Truth by David Falk 5. Rebound Rules by Rick Pitino 6. Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy 7. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield 8. Money Players by Marc Isenberg 9. Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel 10. Gold Standard by Coach K 11. Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump 12. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 13. Know Yourself As A Coach by Denny Kuiper 14. Game On by Tom Farrey 15. Cross Over by Brian McCormick 16. Leadership: Game Plan for Success by John Wooden 17. The Miracle of St. Anthony by Adrian Wojnarowski 18. Bounce Back by John Calipari 19. Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court by Roy Williams 20. Driven From Within by Michael Jordan 21. A Coach’s Life by Dean Smith 22. The Jump by Ian O’Connor 23. Out of Bounds by Jeff Benedict 24. Caught In The Net by Tates Lock 25. Leading with the Heart by Coach K 26. Success is a Choice by Rick Pitino 27. Just Do It by Donald Katz 28. The 50th Law by Robert Greene