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Motivation Tips From the World’s Top Sports Stars

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Becoming inspired is not always something that happens when you expect it.

Inspiration arrives in many different places, and sometimes the changes you want to make happen are triggered by chance. It might be a moment or conversation that instantly changes the way you live your life. It might be with family and friends or a celebrity interview that resonates with you.

Personal growth should always be happening; we all grow as people, evolve and develop as experiences shape our lives. Often, that growth comes from people we hold up as icons and role models. They are often people who achieve great things and have nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your journey. There are literally thousands of competitors out there who have imparted their wisdom to people. So we’ve picked three that have a strong message you can use to improve your life right now.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”

One would imagine if something stands in Dwayne Johnson’s way, he is in good shape to lift it out of the way; the 49-year-old is 6ft 2in of pure muscle. He’s not just a star of the sports entertainment world but a movie star and activist. He made his name in the World Wrestling Federation after promise as a football player in his younger years. His quote tells you never to give up on your dreams because there’s an obstacle; find a way to move it and carry on. That might not be the body slam method Johnson would implement, but you get the drift.

Daniel Negreanu

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“The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I’m looking for reasons to play.”

Daniel Negreanu is one of the top-earning poker players globally and an inspiration to many. He’s a clean-living vegan, a man who puts health and mindfulness before some of the less respectable elements of his profession. He’s a huge success; he’s won more than $40m in his career. The life of a professional poker player is not easy, and yet Negreanu stands out as a beacon of success. Perhaps his quote is directly attributable to poker, but it has great implications in life. Don’t look for reasons not to do something; search out the motivation to do it.

Michael Jordan

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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.”

MJ was a six-time NBA champion, an All-Star on 14 occasions and finals MVP six times. He is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to step foot on a court anywhere in the world, and his profile helped raise the profile of the game. His record of success speaks for itself, but his quote hints at the mechanics behind the façade, the effort that went into producing the headline stats. He’s saying never be afraid to fail; to fail is to have tried and learned. Every fail is a lesson, every time you drop short; it is a map for being better next time.

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