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Jim Harbaugh Quotes

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James Joseph Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh quotes: inside the quirky mind of the millionaire football figure.

“Realistic expectations for life are that we are going to be better today than we were yesterday, be better tomorrow than we were today.  That’s a plan for success.  So the key is simple: just work.”

“Anything is always a possibility.  Wouldn’t talk about what we would have done or what we would do.  Everything is a possibility.”

“You never think about what life’s going to be like five years down the road, or 10 – you just go though the day and try to make good decisions.  Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.  You just hope this day will be a good day.”

“Compete.  Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.  Or, try not waking up with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind and not hustling, and take that skill set out into the world and see where that gets you.”

“Hustle.  Hustling at all times.  Better today than yesterday, better tomorrow than today.”

“Be honest.  You will have choices to make.  There will be situations where a dishonest edge can be gained.  And whatever gain is made will be undermined some time down the road.  As our dad told us, flat out: ‘Never lie, never cheat, never steal.  It won’t be worth it.'”

“Transform your fear into anger… solve your problems with aggression.”

“Got where I am by rolling up my sleeves, delegating nothing, and taking everything personally.”

“The smartest person in the room is the one who realizes he or she is not the smartest person in the room.”

“There’s a window there that will never come again, where you have a chance to make your biggest strides.”

“What will happen will happen, what won’t happen won’t happen.”

“Do not be deceived.  You will reap what you sow.”

“Perception is not reality.  People have always said that – perception is reality.  I reject that hypothesis.”

“When asked to do things, my default is yes.”

“My thought of the day: victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.”

“Go above and beyond, and don’t show off about it.  Do one more thing.  Do your job well and find one more thing to do.  Don’t advertise it.  Just do it.”

“Preaching to the choir is for the showboats and the soft.”

“Apologies always seem to me like excuses.”

“You are over the legal limit for what ifs.”

“I’m not into the if-this or if-that type of scenarios.  If worms had machine guns, then birds would be scared of them.”

“If you are bored, you are boring.”

Ignore the haters.  Another thing to remember is everyone will make fun of you.  Everyone has something that someone will make fun of.  I can tell you almost every day of my life that I can remember… someone is making fun of me for something.  Your teeth were crooked or the clothes you wear, how you look, what you weigh, how you talk, what kind of car your parents have.  The list is so long to mention, it’s too long to mention.”

“I’ve always made it from the stick-and-stones school of thought and lived by it.  Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt.  Unless someone is lying or bullying or attacking someone or something you love, then stand your ground.”

“Winston Churchill said: ‘You have enemies?  Good.  At least you stood for something sometime in your life.'”

“Think about The Lion King.  Simba gets hit over the head and he tells him, you know, the past can hurt.  You can either run from it, or embrace it and learn from it.  I think that’s exactly what he said, so these seem like very wise words.”

“When I was a kid, I’d head out on Halloween, have my little cowboy hat and my little belt buckle with the guns, and I would be running from house to house.  Most of the kids would still be asking their mom if they could go out to trick and treat, and some would be walking up the driveway, but I was running.  I’d get my little pumpkin filled up before everybody else was halfway down the street.  And the other thing I did, too, was I figured out I could take off that cowboy hat, unstrap that gun belt, put on a Spider-Man mask, and I could go hit the same houses again.”

“From what I can see… it’s that, if you have money, you have access to justice.”

“If I may make a football analogy, we’re a team whether we’re a football team or community or the United States of America.  We are part of a team and I believe the people on that team have a right, but they also have the obligation if there is something that is not good or we don’t agree on, to speak about it.”

“True leadership is standing up on behalf of the marginalized to always do what is right.  We are grateful to all those who have fought, and who continue to fight – for social justice at our university, in our country and around the world.”

“I love football.  I think football is the last bastion of hope for toughness in American men.”

“Ain’t hard being a football player if you are a football player.”

“[On earning the results you want] I have never asked to be the highest-paid coach in football.  I have never asked to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach.  I have never asked for more power.”

“Throughout my life I have dreamed of coaching at the University of Michigan.  Now I have the honor to live it.”

“God willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be right here.”

“I love being part of something that is working toward a greater goal, and there’s no more satisfaction in life than achieving those goals as a team and being a part of that team.”

“We do something very special every week.  A dirty four-letter word: work.”

“I have always believed that you win as part of a team effort. I’ve learned that if everybody does a little bit, it adds up to a lot.”

“Winning as a team is better than anything.  It’s great to share success.”

“Football – it’s not fun when you lose.  That’s a heartbreaking thing.  But then there’s a new week, and a new opportunity and I definitely get happier and happier as that new opportunity approaches.  So, ‘win the next game’ – that’s my mindset.”

“If it’s going to be a great book, then it’s going to have to have one heck of a conclusion.”

“I truly believe the number one natural steroid is sleep.  The number two natural steroid is milk, whole milk.  Number three would be water.  And four would be steak.  I take a vitamin every day.  It’s called a steak.”

“I drank a lot of milk growing up.  A lot of milk.  Whole milk, though.  Not the candy-ass 2% or skim milk.”

“[On whether or not one of his infamous quotes was one he thought up himself] I never know.  It’s like sometimes I’m 95% sure I did think of it, but then I don’t know if I read it in a book or saw it in a movie or I dreamed about it or I just came up with it.”

“I am now in control of all things.”

“I have a memory like an elephant… I never forget.”

“I love people, I really do.  I’m a people person.  I think that’s a strength of mine.  I love being around people.”

“I have the best wife and six wonderful children.  And I’m proud to report that my future will always be bright with the family that I have.”

“Traveling our great country, I have found our country’s greatness lies within good, proud people who possess faith, hope and love for family.”

“Greeks never wrote obituaries.  When a man passed they only asked one question, ‘Was he a good man?'”

“I don’t take vacations.  I don’t get sick.  I don’t observe major holidays.  I’m a jack hammer.”

“I was, and still am, happier than a pig in slop.”

“The high road’s the only road I know.  Let’s keep it that way.”

“I had a coach, Mike Ditka, legendary coach who played for the Chicago Bears, he once told me, ‘Jim, you will have your critics.  Screw ’em.’  I truly believe it’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received.  Because what are you going to do?  Why spend time thinking about it?”

About the author: Cory Johnson likes hip-hop, comedy, cold beer, curvy women and writing. His net worth is $11 million. Here’s his secret weapon.

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