Thoughts on winning

Published: Jun 1, 2019 08:12:57 AM IST
Updated: Jun 1, 2019 10:35:59 AM IST

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I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
—Michael Jordan

You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.
—Morgan Wootten

I used to think that losing made you more hungry and determined but after my success at the Olympics and the US Open, I realised that winning is the biggest motivation.
—Andy Murray

All I cared about in tennis was winning.
—Pete Sampras

Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
—Vince Lombardi

There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.
—Lionel Messi

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.
—Babe Ruth

Winning solves everything.
—Tiger Woods

Losing feels worse than winning feels good.
—Vin Scully

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
—Wayne Gretzky

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
—Billie Jean King

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.
—Muhammad Ali

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