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Tony Dungy Quotes

Anthony Kevin Dungy

Tony Dungy quotes: the football figure’s savory sentences.

“Be successful not just in what you do, but in who you are.”

“Long-term success requires faith – faith that your efforts to plan and execute the process will lead to the desired outcome.”

“The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it.  Vision will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve excellence.  Only vision allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action.  Vision has no boundaries and knows no limits.  Our vision is what we become in life.”

“Be a pro.  Act like a champion.  Respond to adversity; don’t react.  Be on time.  Being late means either it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon.  Execute.  Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it.  Not almost.  All the way.  Not most of the time.  All of the time.  Take ownership.  Whatever it takes.  No excuses, no explanations.”

“You don’t win on emotion.  You win on execution.”

“What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success, but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.”

“Success is uncommon and not to be enjoyed by the common man.  I’m looking for uncommon people because we want to be successful, not average.”

“The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.  Anyone could give that effort in his or her chosen endeavor, but the typical person doesn’t, choosing to do only enough to get by.”

“You can’t always control circumstances.  However, you can always control your attitude, approach and response.”

“The great thing about integrity is that it is truly no respecter of position or wealth or race or gender.  It is not determined by shifting circumstances, cultural dynamics or what you’ve previously achieved.  From the moment you are born, you – and you alone – determine whether you will be a person of integrity.  Integrity doesn’t come in degrees: low, medium, or high.  You either have integrity or you don’t.  Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.”

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.  You can be a champion at work and at home.”

“Courage is the ability to do the right thing, all the time, no matter how painful or uncomfortable it might be.”

“Even though we can’t always choose our circumstances, we can always choose our attitude in the circumstances.”

“Don’t fear failure.  Fear being successful at things that don’t matter.”

“The best solution for falling just short of the goal is to focus on the fundamentals… but perform them better.”

“Engage, educate, equip, encourage, empower, energize and elevate.  Those are the methods for maximizing the potential of any individual, team, organization or institution for ultimate success and significance.  Those are the methods of a mentor-leader.”

“A good leader gets people to follow him because they want to, not because he makes them.  If you’re a leader, people’s lives should be better because of the influence you’ve had along the way.”

“We are all role models to someone in this world, and we can all have an impact – for good.”

“Others first.  Whatever your corporate mission, paint a clear and compelling picture that others can understand and embrace.  State your mission in terms that appeal to your team’s best instincts.  Persuade and empower as if you are leading and mentoring volunteers.”

“Building a life of significance, and creating a legacy of real value, means being willing to get your hands dirty.  It means being willing to step out in your life and onto the platforms of influence you’ve been given and touch the lives of people in need.  Whether it’s in your business, your school, your community, or your family, if you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them, not just shout down at them from on high.  Mentors build mentors.  Leaders build leaders.  When you look at it closely, it’s really one and the same thing.”

“You can have an impact anywhere you are.”

“Character is the glue that bonds solid and meaningful relationships.”

“It’s the journey that matters.  Learning is more important than the test.  Practice well, and the games will take care of themselves.”

“Change isn’t always bad; we should always be learning and improving.  But the change I was seeing involved principles, not procedures.”

“If you’re just saying, ‘Hey, I’m doing this.  I’m working to make money.  I’m working to increase my status.’  If that’s all there is, I think you will find out that it’s meaningless.”

“Moving from desire to actually doing better is only achieved with self-discipline, and self-discipline only works effectively when you trust in Him to help.  Amp up your self-discipline in the areas you need it most.”

“Things will go wrong at times.  Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.”

“Life is challenging.  I wish I could tell you that you’ll always be on top of the mountain, but the reality is that there are days when nothing will go right, when not only will you not be on top, you may not even be able to figure out which way is up.  Do yourself a favor, and don’t make it any harder than it has to be.  In those moments, be careful how you speak to yourself; be careful how you think of yourself; be careful how you conduct yourself; be careful how you develop yourself.”

“When things happen to us that aren’t exactly what we had hoped for, there are a number of ways we can respond.  But there’s only one response that will help us to move on toward the promise of a new day full of opportunities.  Get over it, get up and try it again.  Olympian Eric Liddell once said, ‘In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.’  Get over it, get up and try it again.”

“If you start making excuses to cut out the things that are important because of urgent circumstances, it will become a habit, and you’ll start cutting them out regularly.”

“You never know what’s going to happen.  My mother was an English teacher.  If someone had told her that I was going to write a book, she would never have believed that.  So you can never say never.”

“What will people remember us for?  Are other people’s lives better because we lived?  Did we make a difference?  Did we use to the fullest the gifts and abilities God gave us?  Did we give our best effort, and did we do it for the right reasons?”

“God’s definition of success is really one of significance – the significant difference our lives can make in the lives of others.  The significance doesn’t show up in won-loss records, long resumes, or the trophies gathering dust on our mantels.  It’s found in the hearts and lives of those we’ve come across who are in some way better because of the way we lived.”

“Everyone, everywhere, needs encouragement on a regular basis.  Start with people you know and add to your list.”

“Look for opportunities to share a word of comfort and grace with someone today.”

“Be intentional and choose to envision a life of significance, possibility and impact.”

“It’s about the journey – mine and yours – and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave, and the world we can change for the better.”

“At some point in life’s journey, professionally and personally, we have to be able to trust our preparation.”

“Don’t shed any tears for me.  I got to live a dream most people don’t get to live.”

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