From Michael Jordan to Vince Lombardi, the sports world has left us with some amazing, inspirational quotes to keep us motivated as we strive for success in business – and in life. Luckily, they don’t just apply to athletes. In fact, most of them hold true despite our profession or path in life.
Do you need a little inspiration?
Here are some of our favorite motivational sports quotes to get you inspired on your quest for success.
Our top motivational sports quotes
Sports quote #1:
“The key isn’t the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight
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The significance to the quote is that no matter how much one desires to win, without the proper preparing, winning isn’t likely. Whether in sports or everyday life, preparing to get the job done is essential to achieve excellent results.
Sports quote #2
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
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Ruth is one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Babe Ruth hit .342 with 714 home runs, 2,213 RBI, and was a 7-time World Series champion.
Talent alone can only get a player so far. In fact, it’s those that have the most desire and never give up, that are most successful. In professional sports where the competition is the best in the world, ultimately the one who wants it most will likely come out on top.
Sports quote #3
“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully
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Scully is widely regarded as the top play-by-play announcer in baseball history as the voice of the Dodgers from 1950 to 2016. In addition, he announced NFL games for CBS from 1975 to 1982.
A true competitor expects good results from working hard. Therefore, losing after intense preparation is much harder to swallow than the joy of doing what one expected – winning.
Sports quote #4
“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan
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Jordan is regarded by many as the greatest player in NBA history as a 14-time All-Star, 10-time scoring champ, and 6-time NBA champion.
Often when there’s an obstacle in your path, it’s a mental barrier that must be overcome. It can keep you from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. Having the proper frame of mind is half the battle in rising to the top.
Sports quote #5
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
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Gretzky, “the Great One,” is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, 15-time All-Star, and 4-time Stanley Cup winner.
While it’s obvious that a player cannot score without making an attempt, there’s deeper meaning. You need to take chances in life to make something happen. Nothing can be accomplished without taking a chance.
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Sports quote #6
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter
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Jeter is one of the top hitters and shortstops in MLB history. He’s a 5-time World Series champion, 5-time Gold Glove award winner, and 14-time All-Star. Currently, Jeter is CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins.
In all parts of life, there will be people more talented and better qualified than you. However, you can work as hard as anyone and achieves just as much, or even more. There are no excuses for lack of hard work.
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Sports quote #7
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi
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Lombardi is regarded by many as the greatest football coach in history, winning five NFL championships including the first ever two Super Bowls as coach of the Green Bay Packers. The trophy awarded to the Super Bowl winner is named after him.
If you quit, you can’t expect to rise to the top, whether in the sports world or other areas of life. Those who don’t give up may not win every time, but they’re winners by continuing to put forth their best efforts.
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