Inspiration can come from a lot of places. I like to look to sports – both athletes and coaches – because inspiration can change the moment. Or better, it can keep your perspective in tune so that it just becomes a part of who you are.

My favorite quote, one that I live my life by, comes from the hockey world. And if you know me, you probably would’ve guessed that. (Go Stars!) Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time. Probably. I mean, he holds more hockey records than the average hockey fan even knows are records that get tracked. But I understand that “GOAT” is subjective. Regardless…

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

Wayne Gretzky

Those words are so simple, and yet most people don’t know how to apply them. I have always been bold, but those words have pushed me to be an actual risk taker. At work. At play. At love. Yes, I said at love. I bet you didn’t fly to Las Vegas and get married on your second date. In 2004 I did just that, and we’re still going strong!

The other quote I really love is one that reminds me to check my ego at the door. This is a recent find; and it’s one of those quotes that gets changed around and re-quoted by players (or at least attributed to other players) on posters and websites and locker room walls. But notice that I say, “check my ego at the door”. It’s okay to be proud of your individual accomplishments. It’s okay to know that you’re great at something. Just remember that when you are part of a team – and you are a part of a lot of different teams – your contributions should be for the greatness of the team.

Play for the name on the front of the jersey and they will remember the name on the back.

Various athletes

So there you go. Simple inspiration. I’m sure you have your own quotes that get you through the day. And maybe they don’t come from the world of sports. And maybe they don’t even sound inspirational to others. You do you. Find those words that inspire you and go do something great.

Jelly donut coming.

Bob McKenzie

Yeah. That.