"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.... If you prepare properly, you may be outscored, but you will never lose...
You always win when you make the full effort to do the best of which you're capable...
There's only one person on earth who knows you made your best effort; not your coach, not your employer... not your brother or sister. The only person who knows is YOU! You can fool everyone else."
"Failure Is Not Fatal, But Failure to Change Might Be..."
"Failure to change is often just stubbornness that comes from an unwillingness to learn, an inability to realize that you're not perfect.
There cannot be progress without change - even though not all change is progress."
8 Suggestions for Success:
1. Fear no opponent. Respect every opponent.
2. Remember, it's the perfection of the smallest details that make big things happen.
3. Keep in mind that hustle makes up for many a mistake.
4. Be more interested in character than reputation.
5. Be quick, but don't hurry.
6. Understand that the harder you work, the more luck you will have.
7. Know that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement.
8. Remember that there is no substitute for hard work and careful planning.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail....
.... John Wooden, Coach UCLA Bruins
EGO AND ARROGANCE
Everyone has a certain amount of EGO, but you must keep that ego under control. Ego is feeling confident and important, knowing you can do the job. But if you get to feeling that you are too important, that you're indispensable, or that you can do the job without real effort and hard work, without the correct preparation, that's ARROGANCE. Arrogance is weakness. So remember this:
Sometime when you're feeling important, You may splash all you please when you enter,
Sometime when you're ego's in bloom, You can stir up the water galore;
Sometime when you take it for granted, But stop, and you'll find in a minute,
You're the best qualified in the room. That it looks quite the same as before.
Sometime when you feel that your going The moral in this quaint example
Would leave an unfillable hole, Is to do just the best that you can,
Just follow this simple instruction Be proud of yourself, but remember,
And see how it humbles your soul. There is no indispensable man!
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out, and the hole that's remaining,
Is the measure of how you'll be missed.
"Have you ever wondered why certain people always succeed at whatever they do? High achievers seem to have a talent for thinking big. They have a sixth sense for knowing when and how to develop their ideas, and a driving ambition that gives them the confidence to do the right thing at the right time. How do these people achieve so much even though they appear to start with so little? The answer is simple; they are DISCIPLINED.
On the long hard road to success, there is one characteristic alone that will determine whether you ever reach your goal. It is NOT intelligence. It is NOT luck. And it is NOT "Who you know." It is plain old fashioned DISCIPLINE, but with a new modern meaning - a meaning from locker rooms, board rooms, class rooms and family rooms.
Rest assured, that all the brains, inspiration and education in the world won't get you past the starting gate of achievement and self-fulfillment. With it, there is truly no goal that is out of reach. Because self-discipline keeps you on the path to success no matter how long it takes or what obstacles may be thrown in your way.
In "Our" quick fix society that aims for immediate gratification, many people think self-discipline means suffering and self-denial. Today, too many are looking for that shortcut in life. Yes, "We" have become a quick fix society, a "Now" society; I want it now, what I see on TV because tomorrow is too late. If it feels good, I'll try it, relief is just a swallow away. Temptation resisted is the true measure of character.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Self-discipline is what enables you to achieve life-long gratification through the rewards that come from the patient planning and realization of your most cherished goals. Though many people seem born with an iron will, self-discipline is not an inherited trait. One sees it, learns it, witnesses it and feels it. Without a doubt, it is the essential factor that lifts one man above his fellows in terms of achievement and success. It is his greatest capacity for self-discipline."
The Great Competitor
Beyond the winning and the goal, beyond the glory and the flame,
He feels the flame within his soul, born of the spirit of the game.
And where the barriers may wait, built up by the opposing Gods,
He finds a thrill in bucking fate and riding down the endless odds.
Where others wither in the fire or fall below some raw mishap,
Where others lag behind or tire and break beneath the handicap.
He finds a new and deeper thrill to take him on the uphill spin,
Because the test is greater still, and something he can revel in.
- Grantlin Rice