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Alex Rodriguez Quotes

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez quotes: “A-Rod’s” advice about baseball, image, legacy, making money, investing money, preparation, grace, and much more.

“I believe a champion wins in his mind first, then plays the game, not the other way around.”

“You can have fun, respect the game, and also play it hard.  When you have that combination, you’re going to put yourself in a position to be successful.”

“Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance.”

“Always follow your dreams, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be something.”

“Some things are meant to be and if it was, you will know it.”

“There’s no question about it.  Think small, concentrate on doing the small things, and the big things will come.”

“I hate the word ‘potential.’  Potential means you haven’t gotten it done.”

“Leadership is a role you have to earn in order to be effective.”

“Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life.  The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward.”

“You don’t have to be remembered for those mistakes.  How you come back matters too.  Now is the best time to be an entrepreneur, an athlete, an artist.  As a young person entering the workforce, do not think in a limited way.  Think in big possibilities, and no pun intended, swing for the fences.”

“Fear of failure is what fuels me, keeps me on edge and sharp.  I’m not as good when I’m comfortable.”

“I want to be the best, and the best work.  You have to earn what you get, and you have to work to keep it.”

“Playing the game was the easy part.  The real work was in the preparation.”

“I have incredible motivation to go out and improve every day.”

“I’m focusing on what I haven’t attained, not what I have.  A lot has come to me early.  I don’t want to get consumed with that.  The average human has 2,000 thoughts a day.  The really accomplished have 1,500 because you can focus longer.  I need to learn how to focus longer.”

“Winners live in the present tense.  People who come up short are consumed with future or past.  I want to be living in the now.”

“I’ve always enjoyed challenges.”

“Be respectful.  Treat people the way you want to be treated.  Respect the lowest rank and the highest rank and you’ll never get in trouble.”

“There is a difference between image and reputation.  Image is nice.  Reputation is developed over an entire career.  Reputation is what I’m searching for.”

“Anyone can forget about talent, but if you’re a good person, your name will be remembered a long time.”

“This is how I define grace: you’re on the main stage, and it looks like it has been rehearsed 100 times, everything goes so smoothly.  That’s where I get my confidence and success – from knowing that I have an edge because I know I’m prepared.”

“It takes a lot of pressure off you just to go out and play, and your talent sometimes shines even more when you don’t worry about individual stuff.”

“What I can control is my behavior, my actions, what kind of friend I am, what kind of father I am, what kind of teammate I am.  It’s not an image, it’s a long ride and a slow burn and nothing’s going to happen easy.  What I enjoy the most is visiting high school and college kids and talking to them about the same mistakes I’ve made, and hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes.”

“Keep reading books, stay in school.  I encourage kids to read as much as they can, I challenge you to read a book every two weeks, like I try to.”

“I’m a terrible singer.  I feel lucky to play baseball.  You can’t be gifted in everything.”

“We have a responsibility not just as athletes, but as members of society, to treat people well.  To do things the right way.”

“I don’t have your traditional formal education.  Mine comes through reading and passion and grit and collecting a lot of information from my mentors.  I’ve never been afraid to say, ‘I don’t know.  Can you explain that to me?'”

“[Warren Buffett said he had two things to tell ‘A-Rod,’ who then asked, ‘Do you mind if I take out a notebook?’  And here was Warren’s response.]  ‘Go ahead, but you won’t need it.  Number one: be the best baseball player you can be.  Number two: always be a gentleman.  Be the best guy you can be.’  That was simple, but it was so genius.”

“Cash is like oxygen: you need it, but you don’t need too much of it.  You’d rather have your money in great businesses.”

“I only look forward.  I can’t get all caught up in what I’ve done.  I still have plenty to accomplish.”

“I feel good today about coming forward and being honest and turning the page to the next chapter in my life.”

“I mean, you know, the one good thing is, I feel the truth will always set you free.”

“I want to build a positive image that will last my career.”

“You know, when I was with the Yankees and we won the world championship and you’re wearing the pinstripes, you think you are pretty cool.  But then when you hang out with Jennifer, people confuse me as a security guard all the time.”

“Eventually, my W-2 income will wind down, and my investments can actually make that up.”

“You always dream about being on a baseball card.  It’s kind of funny when you finally see it.”

“No athlete ever ends his or her career the way you want to.  We all want to play forever.  But it doesn’t work that way.  Accepting the end gracefully is part of being a professional athlete.”

“I just hope that as I get older, I calm down and enjoy the moment, enjoy the great gifts that God has given me.”

“I’m in a really good place.  My family… I get to spend time with my mother.  And I get to be part of the greatest organization in the world.”

“This is my life.  This is my legacy.  I’m part of history.”

You should prob’ly peep Cristiano Ronaldo’s advice too.

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