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Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you are right.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)


The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa, Tanzanian marathoner


Learn one way; react. Learn many ways; understand.

Tadeu Dias, Former Professional Brazilian Football Player and Professional US Soccer Coach


Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Woody Allen


Don't get so stuck in your ways that you can't change.

Sam Walton


Outsiders have the intuitive ability to continually view problems in fresh ways and to identify ineffective practices and traditions.

John Kotter, Harvard Business School professor and best selling author


Even when experts all agree, they may be mistaken.

Bertrand Russell


Use your head, and save your feet.

W Carr (Dialect of Craven)


When the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to view everything as a nail.

Abraham Maslow


All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than to assume that our views of science are ultimate, that there are no mysteries in nature, that our triumphs are complete and that there are no new worlds to conquer.”

Humphry Davy (1778-1229), British chemist and inventor


Bruce Lee:

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.


Albert Einstein:

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Nothing happens until something moves.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.

The greatest ideas are often met with violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

There is nothing that is more certain sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

The right to search for the truth implies also a duty one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.


General Colin Powell:

Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.

Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard. Learn from the pros, observe them, seek them out as mentors and partners. But remember that even the pros may have leveled out in terms of their learning and skills. Sometimes even the pros can become complacent and lazy.

The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.


Theodore Roosevelt

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything."

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."


Feel the fear and do it anyway

William Arthur Ward

  • To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
  • To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
  • To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
  • To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
  • To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
  • To love is to risk not being loved in return.
  • To live is to risk dying.
  • To hope is to risk despair.
  • To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live -- live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he has forfeited freedom.


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Ask advice, but use your own common sense.

A coach can only inspire their athletes, motivation comes from within.

Attitude reflects leadership.


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