Wednesday, October 19, 2011

something to think about

“There are many people, particularly in sports who think that success and excellence are the same thing and they are not the same thing. Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable and largely within a person’s control. In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside our control... If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually... people who put excellence in first place have the patience to end up with success... An additional burden for the victim of the success mentality is that he is threatened by the success of others and resents real excellence. In contrast, the person fascinated by quality is excited when he sees it in others.”

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach – 1990

10 comments:

pierre said...

perfect falls :)

Clipping Path said...

amazing post! u've done really excellent job!! thanks a lot for sharing with us.

Darcy said...

wonderful quote! Thank you!

likeschocolate said...

I think this is so true. Thanks for sharing.

Patricia said...

How very wise this is. A good way to try and live your life. Thanks!

gia said...

This is so true. I'm getting back into school and I've been questioning how neurotic and stressed the tests make me. I try to tell myself, just enjoy the subject and don't put so much pressure on yourself. I will try to remember success is not the key. Success easily becomes what we imagine other's interpretations are.

Francesca said...

I will read this to my tennis players.

KPiep said...

Interesting quote...thanks for the thoughts!

Tammie said...

JOE PA! love that crazy guy.

Cecilia said...

I just happened upon your blog via Sweet Fine Day, and I have to say I just love it :)

And this quote...so true. I grew up in Texas, so therefore have an undeniable soft spot for football and all things team sports. Motivational words from a coach somehow melt my heart.