Wayne Gretzky、ウェイン・グレツキー

I've not strapped on my skates for quite a looooong time now.... I miss hockey! Must get back to it soon. Well, today I thought I'd write about s0me inspirational quotes from the Great One, Wayne Gretzky. Amazing people always have amazing philosophies to share.


"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
" 「良いホッケー選手はパックがあるとこにいる。素晴らしいホッケー選手はパックが向うとこにいる。」

"The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it."

---Wayne Gretzky---

I think this last one is my favorite. I find that compliments on "intelligence", or "talent", or anything else implying that a person is a special case and unlike the rest of world, takes away what is usually the most important part of a success story: Hard work. Of course, I don't think that people mean it that way. But I don't think that it is all that impossible that some people subconsciously say such things to give themselves a break. That is: "He/she succeeds because he/she has special talent or circumstances that I don't have." This is much easier to accept than: "He/she is not much different from me other than the fact that he/she works much harder than me."

I won't go as far as saying Wayne Gretzky did not have more innate talent than the average hockey player. He most likely did. But I am certain that his hard work played a much important role in his success than his special talent.




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