Tiger Woods. Hank Aaron. Geno Auriemma. Tom Brady. Michael Jordan. George Foreman.
What do all of these people have in common? Obviously they are gifted and talented athletes and coaches. They are respected by their peers and the general public for their accomplishments.
But a closer look reveals a hidden, more subtle relationship: They all possess the Will to Win to an extraordinary degree. They have a quality that surmounts all obstacles. They inspire others and expect greatness from themselves. In short: winning is who they are.
Pressure situation? No problem. Give me the ball, and let me get it done. Winners display an unshakable belief in themselves, no matter how many times they have been defeated.
As importantly, winners believe in themselves to continue winning, once they’ve done it once.
Victory starts with a dream, and progress is made by hard work. But ultimately, the critical difference between winners and also-rans is the strength of their Will to Win.
Has success eluded you? Is it because of your age, lack of education, or “market forces” conspiring against you? Chances are it is none of the above.
Whatever you want, the real question ultimately becomes: How badly do you want it?
As a Red Sox fan, I’m not ashamed to say Derek Jeter is in this category as well. He makes his own breaks and gets the job done consistently.
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