From ordinary to extraordinary (The Financial Athlete #138)

Two athletes share the same age, body weight, height, muscle mass, are equally coordinated, and have played the same sport for the same number of years. Yet one athlete is vastly superior to the other in the highest level of competition. Why? Will power.

Will power is the common denominator among elite athletes in all sports. Will power cannot be taught, but it can be “caught” if inspired by a leader.

Genius is not required to become an extraordinary investor. An ordinary person can become an extraordinary investor if she has the will power. Without will power, there can be no self-discipline, no commitment to continuously improve, and no faith in yourself when you are not a winner. However, will power must be balanced with humility. A will power to win at any cost is ultimately self-destructive.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi


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