Drafted out of high school in the early 1990s, the man that would later be known as The Captain to fans of the New York Yankees soon became a household name that most people could recall without fail. Derek Jeter was in his time among the greatest baseball players alive, accomplishing feats that few ballplayers before him have ever even dreamed about. His success was the type of story that journalists love to write about, and his continued fame is due in a large part to the work he put in on the field.
Here are 10 inspirational quotes by Derek Jeter.
10. There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.
If you want something then you’ll have to put in the work, it’s as true in baseball as it is anywhere. Judging by how much Jeter did in his 20-year stint with the Yankees, it’s easy to believe that he put in his fair share of work during his time. Whether you become famous or not isn’t the issue, it’s what you can accomplish with the work you do.
9. When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.
The hard work is important, but the feeling you can get from knowing that you’ve done your best and accomplished something is better than the reward that comes with it. That sense of accomplishment that allows you to know that you’ve done something worthwhile is a priceless commodity that can’t be measured or even quantified. It just happens, and it’s usually uplifting when it does.
8. I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.
It can be a guilty pleasure or a vindication of the hard work you put in, but when anyone doubts the veracity of your hard work it often becomes a personal challenge of your character whether you like it or not. Some people are better at hiding how this affects them, while others are up front and quite loud about it. However you do it, the satisfaction that comes from silencing the doubters is quite satisfying.
7. I’m not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.
Overall perfection isn’t in the human scope, though many people certainly try to accomplish such a thing. The act of admitting that you’re not perfect is a giant step towards realizing the fact. Jeter was to many people infallible most of the time, but a person to jeer when he made a mistake. He knew his own limitations and knew that he wouldn’t be perfect all the time, but he took his successes and his failures alike and did what he could to establish his legend.
6. Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person.
The media is often the reason behind why anyone in the public eye gains an image. Sometimes however that image is anything other than what your real character is. To be who you really are takes more courage than it does to stand in the public eye and perform. Jeter is the type of athlete who know that real character is what’s found on the inside, not what the media shows to the world
5. I think sometimes people need to get used to an idea.
Many people don’t enjoy change, especially when it means saying goodbye to something they have grown used to over the years. This could be the argument made for Jeter’s retirement when he finally stepped away from the game. Some people went absolutely nuts, others were hard pressed for what to think. The idea that is presented isn’t always the most popular aspect of any situation, but it is what some people need to get used to in order to move forward.
4. Sometimes people complicate things by thinking too much about what someone might think of what they said or did.
If you’re going to worry over everything you say and do you won’t be too likely to do anything else in your life moving forward. Sometimes you need to simplify your life by not overthinking everything you do and just going with it. Most times you’ll find that you can at least rest easy knowing that you’re doing what you want and saying what you want without needing to overthink it.
3. I get asked enough questions, I try not to ask too many questions.
Questions can lead to more questions, which in turn can lead to answers you don’t always want to give. The media, and individuals, are noted for putting words into people’s mouths that don’t belong there or are horrible misrepresentations that are nowhere close to what the individual said or meant. So in truth, not answering too many questions is a good thing sometimes.
2. If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.
Having fun and taking joy in what you do is great, but if you enter a contest or a game with anything less than a desire to win then you’re kind of wasting your time. While the passion and the fun can take you just so far, the desire to be the best and come out on top needs to at least be in the back of your mind to keep it that way.
1. You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.
As much as success is measured by what you do in order to be the best, sometimes the way to remain successful is to know when to take a nice long rest. No one can go at 100 percent all the time, which means that now and again we all have to rest at least a short time and do absolutely nothing.
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