Life and Leadership Quotes from Sports Figures

Many successful sports coaches and players have developed wisdom and leadership skills applicable to life through their experiences in sports. Benefit from their knowledge by reading through these five quotes.

“Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.” – Pat Riley

As the coach and leader of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers, Pat Riley taught his team about the engaged and passionate attitude necessary to win championships two years in a row.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

As a championship-winning football coach and the namesake of the Super Bowl Trophy, Vince Lombardi knew the level of hard work and determination that was necessary for leading football teams to success.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.” – Kobe Bryant

You may be surprised that Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest superstars in NBA history, was willing to take on any role necessary to help lead his team to victory. Leadership is not just about exercising authority; it is also about setting people up for success.

“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

It’s inspiring to see the greatest basketball player of all time admitting to his failures and acknowledging them as a driving force for self-improvement and achievement.

“Don’t let other people define who you are and what you can do. You should know yourself better than anyone else.” – Javier Loya

Whether you know him as businessman Javier Loya of OTC Global Holdings, or as one of the owners of the Houston Texans, Javier Loya’s proactive confidence has served him well in the worlds of business and sports.