“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” - Napoleon Hill.
“You guys prepare better than anyone I’ve been around, and that’s where your confidence comes from. I’ve told you before: Pressure is what you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.” - Chip Kelly (quote provided by Elisabeth Moore)
"Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution" - Hank Aaron.
Jeff Kent, former second baseman for the San Francisco Giants, and five times all star, won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2000 and is the all-time leader in home runs among second basemen. In 2002, Kent had a stellar year for a second baseman (37 HR, 108 RBI, .313 BA, and a .978 fielding percentage) which helped his team to reach the World Series.
Kent retired in 2008. In an interview a few months ago, he was asked about his most memorable moment as a Giant. One may assume that he would have mentioned his MVP year or the years with All Star selection. But what Kent said surprised most of the audience. His most memorable moment was the World Series Game 6 where Giants were three innings away from winning the World Series and ended up losing that game and final game on the following day. To him, the team winning the title was more important than any individual honor.
Reflection:"Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar