Motivational Sayings Personal Success
August - 2010
of you know, I live in Canada where our national sport is ice
hockey. This of course was quite evident during the Winter
Olympics in Vancouver this year. If you ask any long time
hockey fan who he or she would regard as the greatest hockey player
ever, there’s a very good chance that you will hear Wayne Gretzky as
the top pick.
Adding to our collection of motivational sayings, Wayne Gretzky once
made a very interesting quote as follows.
always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
Of course, he was referring to hockey where in order for players to
score, they must always at least try to shoot the puck towards the goal
(the puck is the hockey equivalent to ball for my international readers
who are not familiar with this sport). It they never try
shooting, there’s zero chance of ever scoring.
This quote can be applied off the ice to other parts of life as
well. Let’s take a look at some scenarios. Let’s
say you always wanted to network or do business with individuals or
companies from a certain type of group but never had the
experience. If the lack of experience is holding you back
from even making any approaches to this new group, you will probably
never accomplish the goal of making new connections with them.
The end result of never making new connections with this group will be
never ever having them as potential friends or customers, all because
you were reluctant to make the initial moves.
You could have been reluctant to ‘take the shots’ because you were too
shy or not feeling confident about unfamiliar territories that might
have a high rate of failure. You basically wanted to avoid
failure. The end result is the same regardless of the reasons
though – no goals scored.
However, it you approach this knowing that sometimes you will miss the
goal and accept this fact without stopping you from taking more shots,
then you will eventually score. If any of the shots you take
do not result in something that is favorable to you and you take them
as learning situations to help you improve your future shots, you will
This is the same in dating. As you can imagine (and
I’m sure the married folks are nodding in agreement here), if you never
take chances with the people of your desires, you will always end up
alone. Sure, you might strike out but if you keep trying over
time and learn from your misses, you will eventually have the company
of a man or woman of your dreams. It might not be the
original person targeted but he or she will be a good substitute!
So as Wayne Gretzky suggests, keep shooting. Sure, you will
miss a lot of the shots but if you don’t take any, you will certainly
miss out on all opportunities in life.
Until next month with more motivational sayings and keep learning for
your personal success,
Motivational Speaker, Self Improvement Author
& Karate World
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