Practice is important for anyone doing anything. Great athletes, musicians, public speakers–they all need to be certain of their next move; it needs to be in their muscle memory so they don’t have to think as they act.

As a presentation coach, I assure you that success at the podium doesn’t hinge on the right words or the right gestures or the right data. It’s mostly determined by practice.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. All “greats” point to perseverance and practice as the key to success. Here’s proof:

  1. Everything is practice.
    –Pele
  2. For every finish-line tape a runner breaks–complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras–there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about.
    –Grete Waitz
  3. For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.
    –Don Hutson
  4. I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody–somewhere–was practicing more than me.
    –Larry Bird
  5. I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true–ard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, the don’t do it.
    –Ray Bradbury
  6. If I don’t practice the way I should, then I won’t play the way that I know I can.
    –Ivan Lendl
  7. Losers have tons of variety. Champions just take pride in learning to hit the same old boring winning shots.
    –Vic Braden
  8. My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.
    –Pete Rose
  9. Most of us who aspire to be tops in our field don’t really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.
    –Althea Gibson
  10. Practice is the best master.
    –Proverb
  11. My secret is practice.
    –David Beckham
  12. To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.
    –Steve Ballesteros
  13. You can’t hire someone to practice for you.
    –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  14. Practice only makes for improvement.
    –Les Brown
  15. Practice without improvement is meaningless.
    –Chuck Knox
  16. It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.
    –Eric Lindros
  17. Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.
    –Vince Lombardi
Published on: Sep 22, 2015
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