10 Quotes to motivate your child

motivation At one of the tennis clubs that I visit, (Queniborough Tennis Club, @GSMleisure) there are motivational quotations painted on the wall of the newly refurbished club room.  My son looked at them, enjoyed reading them and quoted them back at me. We are always looking for ways to help our children’s motivation and it made me think which are some of my favourite quotes. Here is my first list of ten:

  1. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Muhammad Ali
  2. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison 
  3. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Edmund Hilary
  4. Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm Winston Churchill
  5. “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Roger Bannister quotes
  6. When people throw stones at you, turn them into milestones – Sachin Tendulkar
  7. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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. –Michael Jordan
  8. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  9. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
  10. You miss a 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretsky

So what do you think motivates your child? Or do you know what motivated your child? I’m currently writing the next chapter of my book on ‘what motivates your child?’. I’d be fascinated to hear your stories.

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