How do the greatest basketball players make everything look so easy? Through hard work. Whether on the basketball court, in the classroom, in the office, or in the home, the price of victory is through consistent effort and hard work.
Simply put: Work works!
Remember this your lifetime through –
Tomorrow, there will be more to do.
And failure waits for all who stay
With some success made yesterday.
Tomorrow, you must try once more
And even harder than before.
The mark of a Champion, in any endeavor, is their pride in preparing for their competition. For the businessman, as well as the athlete, it’s reading the right books, listening to the right tapes/CDs, attending the right seminars and choosing the right mentors and coaches. Champions are built, not born. There is no off season for someone on the road to being a champion. There is only preparation and competition.
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.
The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: ‘Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.’ I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have – When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
It is counter-productive to put your best foot forward while dragging the other.
If you wear out the seat of your pants before your shoes, perhaps you are working the wrong end.
I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.
Although we cannot do everything at once, we can do something at once.
It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win — if you don’t you won’t.
Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
When you’re not practicing, remember, someone, somewhere, is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win.
Look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
Understand the difference between being at work and working.
Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.
When there’s a piano to be moved, don’t reach for the stool.
The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
I have nothing to offer but toil, sweat, tears, and blood.
People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.
Anything in life worth having is worth working for.
Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.
Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.
Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.
It takes no talent to hustle.
Lack of confidence is born from a lack of preparation.
Work hard to make things easier.
The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Sometimes our best is simply not enough. We have to do what is required.
Forget yourself and start to work.
If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort.
If a guy pays you five dollars, you give him seven dollars worth of work.
You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.
There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda and woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need the hard work because it’s such a tough atmosphere … to win week in and week out. You need togetherness because you don’t always win, and you gotta hang tough together.
Hard work alone won’t guarantee success, but without hard work, I’ll guarantee you won’t have success.
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
Whatever you start, give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn’t enough; dreaming about it isn’t enough; thinking about it isn’t enough. You’ve got to study for it, work for it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you.
They say good things come to those who wait. I believe good things come to those who work.
Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.
Conceive the inconceivable — then accomplish it.
Ability is useless unless it’s used
Don’t coach or play for the praise — but work in such a way as to earn it.
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
Never underestimate what hard work set to a dream can achieve.