Here are some of my favorite moments and quotes that remind all of us to live intentionally, selflessly, and diligently every single day.
Jim Valvano's acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe award at the 1993 Espy Awards is considered by most as the greatest speech in sports history. There's not a day that goes by that we all shouldn't apply the wisdom and encouraging words Jim Valvano challenges everyone to live their life with.
Lou Gehrig's illustrious career is that much more impressive when considering the personal and physical complications he endured while playing first base for the Yankees. Big things are accomplished by even bigger people. His farewell speech to baseball reflects the definition of humility, respect, honor, as well as many other noteworthy qualities that impactful people possess. Here is his speech in full:
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans."
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky."
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that's the finest I know."
"So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
- Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before." -Steve Young
"Greatness is an inherently dynamic process, not an end point."
"I want to keep my soul fertile for the changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it is time for things to die. I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not to read the same page recurrently." - Donald Miller
“You can be one of two things; a great example or a horrible warning. It’s your choice.”
"You ought to run the hardest when you feel the worst. Never let the other guy know you're down." - Joe Dimaggio
"It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong."