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#WednesdayWisdom From the NFL: 15 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Win at Work

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Football season officially kicks off tomorrow, with the Carolina Panthers facing the Denver Broncos in Colorado. But even if your interest in football is limited to the snack table at your friend’s Super Bowl party at the end of the season, you can learn something from the athletes who play America’s most bruising popular sport. (OK, fine, hockey fans: America’s most bruising sport that doesn’t require skates.)

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If you’re looking for a little career inspiration, these football greats will motivate you to do your best:

“The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.” –Vince Lombardi

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” –Walter Payton

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“I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.” –Jerry Rice

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal. ” –Mike Ditka

“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” –John Madden

“Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.” –Cam Newton

“I’ve never really been aware of what is said about me, whether it’s positive or negative. I ignore it. I’ve always had the mind-set: ‘No one can challenge me better than myself.’” –Troy Polamalu

“Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.” –George Allen

“I’m not interested in trying to work on people’s perceptions. I am who I am, and if you don’t take the time to learn about that, then your perception is going to be your problem.” –Jim Brown

“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.” –Johnny Unitas

“You fail all of the time. But you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.” –Bum Phillips

“I’ve never believed anyone could put more pressure on me than I put on myself. People expect great things from me. I expect great things from myself.” –Steve McNair

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” –George Halas

“If you sit back and spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past, you’re going to come up short next time.” –Bill Belichick

“Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.” –Herm Edwards

Sources: BrainyQuote, Inc, Entrepreneur, AZQuotes, Bleacher Report,

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