The whole world is focused on the Olympic Games in Rio. And even though we can’t all be there – or have world-class athletic skills – we can take inspiration from them!
Here are twelve quotes from this year’s Olympic stars (plus a couple of vintage quotes) to help keep you motivated!
On Having Fun
It’s called “work” (not play) for a reason. But with the right attitude, we can have fun with prospecting every day.
“I’m having fun again. I’m enjoying what I’m doing again. I think I’m at the point that, whatever’s left, I’ll be able to turn the page and say I was able to finish the way I wanted to. And to me, that’s all that matters.”
– U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, as reported by the Los Angeles Times
“Even when I was younger it was never about winning for me, it was always about as long as I had fun with what I’m doing. You can win all of these competitions but if you’re not having fun, why are you doing it?
“I don’t think I’m unbeatable – people have said that for the past three years – but I think I do very well under pressure.”
– U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, to NBC’s Tara Lipinski
As an outbound prospector, you’re often the front-man on your team. Working together helps you hone your skills, focus your strengths, and win more deals.
“[Being on Team U.S.A.] means the world to me … It’s always an honor to make the team and even to be considered for such a huge tournament. If there’s one thing this team doesn’t lack, it’s competitiveness and a desire to win … We’re Team U.S.A. and we’re fighting to win gold in Rio. Of course it’s always in our fight.”
– U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe, to PEOPLE
“It’s a beautiful product when you come together and are playing for Team USA – that’s all that matters. It’s like the name on the back of your jersey means nothing compared to the name on the front.”
– U.S. basketball player Elena Delle Donne, to PEOPLE
“I’m just going to do the same thing I did in London. Focus, train really hard, be consistent and go out and enjoy the journey.
“For me, it’s pumping [my team] up and motivating them. If someone is struggling, it’s everybody’s job to help them and get them going.”
– U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas, to PEOPLE
On Hard Work and Success
Outbound prospecting takes dedication and hard work – which work together to help you succeed.
“A lot of heart is the key to success. Everybody works hard at this level, everyone is talented. But my heart and my desire is like a secret weapon.”
– U.S. gymnast Chris Brooks, to PEOPLE
“When I get [to Rio] everything that we’ve been working hard for is finally going to unfold … Because you know there’s a moment where it all counts and that’s the moment when you can’t hold back.”
– U.S. runner Tori Bowie, to PEOPLE
On Conquering Fear
Picking up the phone or sending another email (especially after a harsh rejection) can create anxiety and fear. So can competing on the global stage.
“You get to go up there [on the diving board] and conquer your fears everyday because you’re throwing yourself off of these tall buildings into water and doing all of these flips. You get a little bit of that nervousness and the butterflies. I don’t think a lot of people can say that they get that every single day when they’re doing their sport.”
– U.S. diver Kassidy Cook, to PEOPLE
“I’ve never been one to focus on other people’s thoughts about me. We were raised in our family to believe in ourselves and believe in your abilities and with hard work anything is possible. So I’ve never let other people’s thoughts about me affect my journey or affect who I am. But I’ve always been a really competitive person from the time that I was a kid so I would say the desire to win and that distain for loss or for failure I think is what drives me.”
– U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, to PEOPLE
No one prepares to fail – but many may fail to prepare.
“The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important,” said coach Bobby Knight of the 1984 U.S.A. men’s basketball team.
We all want to win – whether it’s scheduling a call or closing a deal.
“Obviously winning an Olympic gold medal is making a statement … [It meant] we can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic Games and that’s how it should be.”
– U.S. swimmer Lilly King, to NBC
“Me and my dad [former NFL player Randall Cunningham] are similar athletes. I want to win everything I do. I’ll be thankful if I go and don’t win, but there’s always that fire in me that needs to win and wants to win.”
– U.S. high jumper Vashti Cunningman, to The New York Times