Words Of Wisdom From:
Some Of The Greatest Coaches In Sports
When an expert gives us some words of insight, I believe we should be all ears in order to make ourselves better. If we can obtain wisdom from the most successful people in their chosen field, then it can help us to fulfil more of our potential in various areas of our life.
Here are some words of wisdom on winning from some of the most successful coaches and managers in the history of sports:
“A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.” Bill Shankly, Manager of Liverpool FC (took Liverpool from 2nd division to winning three championships, their first FA Cup, first three European finals and first European trophy.)
"It's the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose."
Harry Sinden, youngest coach to win the Stanley Cup (top prize in ice hockey)
"A good coach will make his players see what they can be, rather than what they are."
Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame football coach
(inherited a team that had finished bottom of the league and made them undefeated the following season and champions two seasons running)
"The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players. Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything."
Vince Lombardi, football coach
(Won more American football championships than any other coach. The super bowl trophy is named after him.)
"I can't promise we will win, but I can promise we are going to teach our guys to play like winners - We are going to be fit, play with full effort for the entire game and be mentally tough to make sure we don’t defeat ourselves. That’s how to play the game the way it's meant to be played. Don't get full of yourself if something good happens. Don't get too depressed when something bad happens."
Steve Spurrier, American college football coach (won 8 championships in 11 seasons)
"Attitude is the whole thing in football. Every team has the talent and the coaching to make them capable of winning. Motivation makes the final difference."
Sid Gillman, American football coach
(first coach to use long passing that dominates American football today – won the championship when he radically introduced this new ‘risky’ style of passing)
"If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges."
Pat Riley, basketball coach (Most successful coach in basketball with 7 championship titles)
"Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy."
Mike Ditka, American Football coach
(Won 3 super bowls. First person to win super bowl as a player and then coach of the same team)
"In any leadership position, the most important aspect of your job will be getting your team to work together. The underlying theme of teamwork will be your ability to convey a renewed sense of optimism."
Dale Brown, basketball coach
(His teams have the highest scoring average of any coach in basketball history)
“Success for me at the highest level in sport is about having the mental strength to make sure you play to 100% of your potential.”
David Moyes, Manager of Everton FC
(Winner of 2 English Premiership manager of the year awards)
“You are a winner when you become obsessed with being prepared to do whatever it takes to be victorious; where you have the drive and the motivation to excel and dominate in a competitive environment.”
Sir Clive Woodward, Coach of the winning 2003 Rugby World Cup team
“For a team to succeed you need at least five players who are unbreakable. In 1999, when we won the Champions League and the World Club Championship, we had at least 11. We even had players on the bench who were mentally stronger than the oppositions starting eleven.”Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager of Manchester United FC
(Winner of 16 league titles, 6 European trophies, 5 FA cups, 5 league cups, 4 Scottish cups, 2 World Club cups)
“To win, you must have good psychology. You cannot afford to have an analogue mind in a digital age.”
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Real Madrid
(Winner of 7 league titles, 3 European trophies, 1 FA cup, 2 league cups, 2 Italian cups)
“I worked hard all my life to succeed and to win. Those who say I don’t deserve anything, that it all came easy, can kiss my arse.”
(Winner of 1 world cup, 4 championships, 1 European trophy, 2 Spanish cups, 2 Italian cups, 29 international / national / world player of the year awards)
“For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”
Emmitt Smith, American Football player
(winner of 3 super bowls and holder of 4 NFL ‘all time’ records)
“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”
Paul "Bear" Bryant, American Football Coach
(winner of 19 championships in 25 years of coaching)
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