The world of sports is pretty similar to the business world. Think about it – there’s competition, a lot of training and practice, many mistakes to be learnt from, perseverance, determination and wins and losses. As sports and business are not as dissimilar as you might initially think, there’s many quotes that your dental practice can appreciate and utilise in order to motivate you and your team. Dentists often need an extra bit of motivation and these quotes from sports legends may just help you out!
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”
Mia Hamm, award-winning professional soccer player (1987-2004)
This quote is one that can be inspiring to both sportspeople and business people alike. Oftentimes, when you set up your own business it’s because it’s been driven by a passion for a particular subject. Your passion for dentistry and helping people may have inspired you to open your own dental practice and when things don’t seem to be going too great, it’s important to step back and remember why you started in the first place.
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
Joe Namath, Hall of Fame football quarterback (1965-1977)
“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.”
Michael Jordan, basketball icon (1984-2003)
This inspirational quote from basketball legend Michael Jordan, is something that we could all do with remembering sometimes. If you face an obstacle when setting up your business, or indeed even when it’s fully up and running, you need to try and find the courage to persevere and work around the obstacles in front of you.
“In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame baseball player and manager
(1954-1956, player; 1976-1996, manager)
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Derek Jeter, longtime Yankees shortstop (1995-2014)
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King, International Hall of Fame tennis star (1959-1983)
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
Wayne Gretzky, hockey icon (1978–1999)
“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”
Mario Andretti, world champion racing driver (1968-1982)
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
Bo Jackson, baseball and football player (1987-1994)
“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
Arnold Palmer, golfing great (1954-2006)
These motivational quotes from various sports legends can definitely be applied to the dental industry and if you believe that you can achieve something then all that’s left to do is work hard at it.