When you feel like giving up, read these “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” —Ernie Banks, professional baseball player and hall of famer Photo via Huffington Post "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." —Jack Dempsey, heavyweight world champion from 1919-1926 Photo via Wikipedia “I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.” —Mia Hamm, retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Photo via Soccer Wish News “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” —Gail Devers, retired track and field athlete, two-time Olympic champion in the 100 meters race for the US, the second woman in history to successfully defend an Olympic 100m title Photo via Teamusa.org “I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.” —Gordie Howe, professional ice hockey player, a 23-NHL All-Star, holds the records for most games and seasons played Photo via Kindakind.com “I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan, retired professional basketball player, dubbed the greatest basketball player of all time Photo via Playbuzz “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.” —Michael Phelps, former competitive swimmer and most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals to his name Photo via Business Insider “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Serena Williams, professional tennis player, ranked world no. 1 in singles on 8 occasions Photo via Serena Williams “I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” —Muhammed Ali, professional boxer, one of the most significant sports figures of the 20 th century Photo via Billboard.com “I know what I can do so it doesn't bother me what other people think or their opinion on the situation.” —Usain Bolt, sprinter and currently the fastest human in the world, nicknamed Lightning Bolt Photo via CNN.com Tough times, situations and people can get you down. You will fall, fail and get hurt. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from some of the world’s greatest athletes, it’s about having the right mindset and powering through. So get up; it’s not over yet.
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