Other people may not have had high expectations for me… but I had high expectations for myself.

~ Shannon Miller

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It’s frustrating — not that I expect to be the same person I was 10 years ago, but I do expect to do certain things. In all honesty, my body for the most part feels really good. But at this point of my career, I have to rely on different parts of my game, knowing how to take some short cuts when you can.

~ Sheryl Swoopes, regarding her returning to playing shape after her two years away from the WNBA

Note: this quote is from Swoopes, 40, as passionate as ever (ESPN.ca, July 1, 2011)

Wisdom from His Airness, Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, one of the greatest and most accomplished athletes of a generation. Not only has he achieved a great of success on the court, he has excelled off the court, in the realm of business. Here are some drops of knowledge and wisdom from Air Jordan pertaining to a variety of topics:

Make It Happen

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Passion

“Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.”

Effort

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Hard Work

“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

Failure

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

Obstacles

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

The Mind

“My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.”

Perspective

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

Loyalty and Responsibility

“The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.”

Expectations

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”