Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.

~ Augustine “Og” Mandino II

“I honestly don’t pay much attention. I don’t try to focus on anything that doesn’t affect me personally and how I go out there every single day. I’m just going to continue to work hard and focus on what I can control.

~ Tim Tebow, responding to criticism by Denver Broncos chief of football operations John Elway

Note: this quote is from Tim Tebow responds to remarks (, November 22, 2011)

How can you wonder what’s going to happen when you don’t know who’s going to be the new guy in town? It’s the age-old thing — it’s such a cliché — but why worry about things you have no control over? What I can do is try to get this club to continue to play well. That’s all I can do.

~ Mike Quade, regarding the dismissal of the Chicago Cubs’ General Manager

Note: this quote is from Quade keeps focus on getting wins (, August 20, 2011)

You can’t control the opposition, but you can control how you play, your energy level, your intensity on the ice. That’s what we’re going to do.

~ Alain Vigneault, regarding entering Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals versus the San Jose Sharks leading 3-1

Note: this quote is from Canucks draw on 1994 team for inspiration (CBC Sports, May 24, 2011)