Do The Hard Work


Note from CoachO: A great thought leader I have come to admire is Ralph Marston. He has a very inspiring website called, “The Daily Motivator.”

The following is a post from his “Motivator” archives… Enjoy!


Do the hard work!

Don’t avoid the hard work. That’s where the greatest value is created.

Don’t be afraid of the difficult, complicated, challenging tasks. Once you get past the fear, you’re already past the most difficult aspect.

Relish the opportunity to do the hard work. For it is an opportunity to experience yourself being fully alive and effective.

Find real enjoyment and satisfaction in doing the difficult work. Get yourself hooked on how good it feels to make a meaningful positive difference.

It’s often assumed that hard work is best avoided. Yet when you avoid hard work, you cheat yourself out of the joy of accomplishment.

Seek out the hard work and you’ll find it’s not bad at all. Do the hard work, and transform each day, each moment and each effort into great value.

— Ralph Marston
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Hard Work Leads To Greatness

Grete Waitz, winner of 9 NYC Marathons (record)

For every finish-line tape a runner breaks —

complete with the cheers of the crowd

and the clicking of hundreds of cameras —

there are the hours of hard and often lonely work

that rarely gets talked about.

~ Grete Waitz

3/5 Stars

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



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Unless a woman has trained herself for her chance,

the chance will only make her look ridiculous.

A great occasion is worth to a woman

exactly what her preparation enables her to make of it.

– William Matthews

Congratulations to Tina Charles,

of the NCAA Champion UConn Women’s Basketball.

All of your preparation hard work, especially these last 4 years

have paved the way to you being the

2010 No. 1 draft pick of the WNBA!!

Hard work WORKS!!

What Gold Medals Are Made Of…

Dan Gable, Wrestling Champion

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold.

They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
— Dan Gable


Coach Gable is qualified to make this statement! Just take a look at his resume:

As A Coach:

– Coached Iowa to 15 NCAA Titles
– 21 yr. record of 355-21-5 (94.4%)

– Big Ten record of 131-2-1 (98.5%)

– 21 Big Ten Team Titles

– Coached 45 National Champions

– Coached 152 All-Americans

– Coached 106 Big Ten Champions

– 3x NCAA Coach of the Year

– 7 perfect seasons

– 9 Consecutive NCAA titles

– NCAA record of 170 team points in 1997

– 1980, 1984, 2000 US Olympic Head Coach

– Coached 12 Hawkeye Olympians

– ‘Sports Figure of the Century in Iowa’ by Sports Illustrated

As A Competitor:

– 3x Iowa High School State Champion

– 3x Big Eight Champion Iowa State University

– 3x All-American

– 182-1 Combined prep and college record

– 6x Midlands Champion

– 3x USA Freestyle National Champion

– 1971 World Champion

– Outstanding Wrestler at Tbilisi Tournament

– 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist

– Did not surrender a point in Munich Games

– Top 100 Olympians of all time

– Wrestler of the Century by Gannett Co.