It’s not just an athlete’s performance on the court, field, or in the pool that makes them special, but the dedication, hard work and sacrifice necessary to reach and maintain that professional status. Because of those factors, their words have the power to motivate, inspire and leave a lasting impression on people.
Managing Director Boyd Parker of London-based marketing firm Hero Corp shares 10 quotes from renowned sporting legends and coaches, which inspire Boyd in his career.
“Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” — Usain Bolt, Gold medal Olympic sprinter.
“Do not undervalue yourself. Be able to express your value and what impact you can make. Show how your experiences translate and can help a company.” — Katie Smith, three-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA assistant coach.
“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA MVP and 19-time All-Star.
“It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.” — Serena Williams, professional tennis player and 21 Grand Slams.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan, six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP.
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” — Bethany Hamilton, American champion surfer.
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” — Babe Ruth, seven-time World Series champion.
“The knowledge that everything good can be taken away at any second is what makes me work so hard.” — Ronda Rousey, mixed martial artist and Olympic medalist.
“Be the hardest working person you can be. That’s how you separate yourself from the competition.” — Stephen Curry, guard, Golden State Warriors.
“The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.” — Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.