H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Sebastian Coe, four-time Olympic medalist and chairman of the LOCOG
"It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them."
"A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself . . . . He belongs to whatever can make captive of him."
"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time leading yourselfyour own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers. If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny."
Founder and CEO Emeritus
"It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always: this occupation ought to last as long as life."
Queen Christina of Sweden
"I think the guys who are really controlling their emotions ... are going to win."
"Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds."
"Let me . . . ; remind you that it is only by working with an energy which is almost superhuman and which looks to uninterested spectators like insanity that we can accomplish anything worth the achievement. Work is the keystone of a perfect life. Work and trust in God."
"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit."
"Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is true of earthly as of heavenly things. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life."
"Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another."
"Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind-you could call it character in action."
"There are no short cuts to any place worth going."
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else."
Henry Ward Beecher
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
"If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us."
"Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power."
"Never suffer your courage to exert itself in fierceness, your resolution in obstinacy, your wisdom in cunning, nor your patience in sullenness and despair. "
"Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath."
"Well begun is half done."
"This quality of self-denial in pursuit of a longer-term goal and, indeed, the willpower to maintain the denial, is excellent training for the boardroom."
"Rule your mind or it will rule you."
"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be."
Thomas α Kempis
"Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
"You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself
and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates."
"Leaders who can stay optimistic and upbeat, even under intense pressure, radiate the positive feelings that create resonance. By staying in control of their feelings and impulses, they craft an environment of trust, comforts and fairness. And that self-management has a trickle down effect from the leader.
Daniel Goleman, Primal Leadership
"Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success."
Robert J. Ringer
"It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top."
"A successful career will no longer be about promotion. It will be about mastery."
"The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince."
"The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break himand hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires."
J. Paul Getty
"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
"Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them."
"Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fearand doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions."
The Mental ABCs of Pitching