Some days you aren’t feeling like you are up for the challenge in front of you.
Alex Zanardi woke up. He couldn’t move. Machines were hooked up to every part of his body. His whole body was in pain. Raw agony.
If you want your team to be awesome, you’re going to have to be awesome first.
Your mind is more powerful than you might ever imagine. What you think about becomes your reality.
Tom Molineaux stood in a makeshift 24 square foot boxing ring. In England. Ankle deep in mud and blood.
You can’t make progress without pain. It’s a simple as that.
So you’ve failed. Not once. Not twice. Maybe not even three times. Maybe you’ve failed twenty times in the last twenty endeavors you’ve ventured into.
As Kurt stepped out of his truck, the icy wind ripped at his face, turning his cheeks a splotchy red. He shoved his hands in his pockets.
It is not an accident if you find yourself constantly nervous and frustrated. And it’s not a coincidence if you wake up tired but inspired.
The great pyramids of Egypt were started by a single stone, placed by a single worker on that first day. That single stone didn’t amount to much of anything. The slave worker who placed it there didn’t get a bonus. There wasn’t a celebration to commemorate the occasion.
You’ll never be successful if you don’t finish what you start. Completing a task is an art all by itself.
“No.” That was the answer a young Norwegian named Lauritz Sand received from his father when he said he wanted to go to art school.
Poverty is a state of mind. What you think about most is who you are–and what you achieve.
There is no substitute for doing the right thing. There is no substitute for leading even when no seems to be following — or even noticing.
Behind every weakness is tremendous strength. The things that you’re desperately trying to improve are also your biggest assets.
You will always learn more from finishing a task than from beginning a new one. You’ll learn about how tough you are. Especially when it’s easy to generate legitimate reasons for stopping.
Crossing the finish line first doesn’t make you a winner. That’s just the time when you collect the trophy. Winning happens in the quiet when no one is watching or listening or cheering you on.
“Inveniam viam aut faciam.” That was supposedly Hannibal’s response to his generals’ advice that crossing the Alps by elephants is impossible.
It is a ridiculous waste of your time to worry about how other people view you. Specifically, if you’re trying too hard.
There’s somebody out there who has already done it before. It doesn’t matter what your goal is or what you would like to improve, there’s somebody out there with a lot more experience than you who is willing to help you get to where you want to be.