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

In Memory: Coach Wooden

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On Friday, June 4, 2010, we lost a legend: Coach John Wooden, “The Wizrd of Westwood”. He was a role model, a teacher — someone who touched players & coaches’ lives all over the world! I will honor his memory with posts of quotes, stories and his principles throughout the month of June! Thank you for the momories, Coach! Today I post ten of his famous quotes:

10. The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

9. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

 8. Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

 7. Never mistake activity for achievement.

 6. Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

 5. Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

 4. Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

 3. Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

 2. Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

 1. You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.