Coach K (L) & Jerry Colangelo (R) building USA Basketball thru great vision

The great successful men of the world

have used their imagination,

they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details,

 filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit,

but steadily building – steadily building.

~ Robert Collier

14 Quotes: Perseverance

Perseverance defined: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. 


  1. doggedness, steadfastness. Perseverance,  persistence,  tenacity,  pertinacity  imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance  commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. (All above from

 Note from Coach O: Perseverance then simply stated; is NEVER GIVING UP! It is the character trait that makes ordinary man & women, with extraordinary perseverance, accomplish great things!

 Example: It is what we should have as basketball coaches: the determination to NEVER give up on a player…it will help them believe in themselves and accomplish great things. But quite frankly, perseverance should permeate our entire lives!! We should never give up on anything

 So I ask YOU, have you felt like giving up lately? We have all felt that way sometimes (I know I have)…well DON”T! If what you desire is important enough to you, you will find a way to do it. So, until you find a way – persevere….DON’T YOU EVER GIVE UP!

It is my hope & prayer that these “14 Quotes” help you persevere and keep striving for your goals! ~ Coach O


 Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie

 Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings

 If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn

 You can’t go through life quitting everything. If you’re going to achieve anything, you’ve got to stick with something. ~From the television show Family Matters

 People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw

 With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

 Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather

 Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. ~Christopher Morley

 Boys, there ain’t no free lunches in this country. And don’t go spending your whole life commiserating that you got a raw deal. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. ~Lee Iacocca

 Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. ~John Albert Michener

 Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it! ~Hector Crawford

 Failure is the path of least persistence. ~Unknown author

 Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas Edison

 Paralyze resistance with persistence. ~Woody Hayes

New Series: “14 Quotes”: Adversity

14 Quotes: Adversity

Note from Coach O: We all deal with adversity in our lives. It makes us frustrated because we would really like things to always go well, don’t we? However, like my most recent favorite quote says, “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” (Frank A. Clark)

In my life, I have discovered that if I learn from adversity FROM adversity, instead of complaining ABOUT it; I always learn some valuable lessons and it actually makes me stronger! Here’s what I mean:

When I overcome a situation like; an unexpected roadblock in a plan (I call them “speed bumps”), it gives me a feeling of confidence. It motivates me to KEEP GOING!

Inspirational quotes are also a great source of motivation for me & I so each week I will chose a topic and share “14 quotes” with you for the week on that topic. That’s two quotes a day, to inspire you! If you have a topic that you would like me to cover, please email me at!

Let’s grow TOGETHER, shall we?


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ~M. Kathleen Casey

“We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.” ~Author Unknown

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Author Unknown

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” ~Harry Golden

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” ~Uncle Remus

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” ~Jewish Proverb

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~Kenji Miyazawa

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~Walt Disney

“Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.” ~ William A. Ward

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” ~John Burroughs

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” ~ John Quincy Adams

“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” ~ Unknown

“Adversity & tests can shape us. They can give us value, self-esteem that is priceless. Everything I have accomplished came from hard times.” ~ Unknown

Preparation ALWAYS Precedes Success!

Drew Brees, in the gym "preparing to be great"

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” ~ Confucius


Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. ~ Roger Staubach

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. ~ Robert Schuller


You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation. ~ Roger Maris