Written by Bob Schindler, Executive Director of CEDE Partners – an Initiative of CEDE Sports
Last week, we posted a blog with some quotes on winning and competition from famous athletes. If you read the post, you know that they affirmed the idolatry of winning and how easily we can get caught up with winning becoming part of our identity.
As I was finding those quotes, I stumbled upon the below quotes which, at face value, are quite redemptive. I don’t know the spiritual background of all the people who voiced them nor do I know their context but they are inspiring nonetheless. Enjoy!
“A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.” –Chuck Noll
“If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.” –John Wooden
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. –Larry Bird
Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best. –John Wooden