QUOTE 15 – AUGUST 2016
With the Rio Olympics just a few days away, it’s time to start getting into the Olympic spirt. Here are some great lessons for life for all of us both on and off the fields of our dreams.
Impossible is nothing
I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
Michael Phelps, Winner of 18 gold medals in swimming in 2004, 2008 and 2012, the most decorated Olympian of all time
Dedication and discipline
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Jesse Owens, Track and field athlete and four time Olympic gold medallist in the 1936 games.
Believe in yourself
I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest.
Muhammad Ali, gold medallist in boxing in 1960
Accept failure as part of your success
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan, Gold medallist in basketball in 1984 and 1992
You have to beat your toughest opponent
Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals.
Kieren Perkins, gold medallist in swimming in 1992 and 1996
Cherish the Challenges
Hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made. So if you push through the hard days you can get through anything.
Gabby Douglas, two-time gold medal winner in artistic gymnastics, 2012
Get the Olympic mindset everyday
A winning mindset doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something that has to be worked on consistently. You must have goals. You must have something to aim for. And, you must work out the steps that you need to take to achieve them. Once you’ve worked that out, you’ve then got to get on with doing them. Take a leap, get started, and don’t wait til tomorrow! Push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, get used to the feeling. This will help you grow your success. And, at the end of the day, the most important advice I can give is that you must believe in yourself. With a healthy dose of self-belief, it’s amazing how much you can achieve.
Kerri Pottharst, Olympic Gold medallist, 2000 – Beach Volleyball
Back it all up with hard work
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.
Andre Agassi, gold medallist in tennis in 1996
Be prepared when your moment comes
I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
Mia Hamm, gold medallist in women’s football in 1996 and 2004
Success is a journey
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
Pierre de Coubertin – Founder of modern Olympic Games
Hope all your golden dreams come true.