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I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It's not about winning and losing; it's about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It's about embracing the pain that you'll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.
There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.
Champions are not the ones who always win races - champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. 'Champion' is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes.
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Billie Jean King
Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.
For me, I'm focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it.
I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don't think I could have reached the heights that I have in football - being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion.
To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.
I went to see President Nixon at the White House. It wasn't difficult to get a meeting because I was heavyweight champion of the world. So I came to Washington and walked around the garden with Nixon, his wife and daughter. I said: I want you to give Ali his licence back. I want to beat him up for you.
Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.
Anyone can train to be a gladiator. What marks you out is having the mindset of a champion.
A true champion can adapt to anything.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
My personal story has always been about perseverance and always getting up when I fall. Maybe I'm not Olympic champion, but I can teach the world about that.
To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically, you don't have to worry.
Here's why I cannot vote for Rudy Giuliani. He's pro-abortion. He's never repudiated gay marriage in New York City or at least the civil unions in New York City. He's called a champion of gay rights. Rudy is opposed to school choice. He's in favor of open borders.
I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
Billie Jean King
The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.
There's a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are.
You know what a champion is? A champion is someone who's ready when the gong rings - not just before, not just after - but when it rings.
Water and sanitation has not had the same kind of champion that global health, and even education, have had.
Jim Yong Kim
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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