A Wall of Quotes

By Zachary Gray

We’ve all had those days, the days where we simply don’t want to do work. We sit at the desk, stare at the Facebook news feed, and wonder if the essay will write itself. Whether it’s a bad day or simply a case of being lazy, sometimes it takes some inspiration to be productive. Whenever I sit at my desk, over 30 yellow sticky notes stare at me, each containing an inspirational quote.

My wall and its 35 quotes

Each quote has different meaning, but all have strong messages. “Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.” This quote  is from legendary Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka. All of us want to succeed, we want to be the best. But we must believe we deserve the success. If we don’t believe we belong, how can we expect to be the best?

“Never give up. Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.” This is from Jimmy Valvano, former college coach. During the 1980s and 1990s, Jimmy V was a rather successful coach. In 1993, Valvano was diagnosed with cancer. His speech at the ESPYs that year would become one of the most inspirational speeches in sports:

“Think like you’re the best, but work like you have everything to prove.” This is from yours truly. I can’t recall when exactly when I came up with this, but I believe it’s a great way to approach work, sports, or any task in life. You have to be confident in your ability, or else you’ll never accomplish your goals. But while thinking so, work ethic has to be as high as possible. If you work like you’re starting at the bottom, it’ll push you to greater heights.

These are only a few of the quotes featured on my wall. They’re little reminders of how to work, think, and simply live life. They might just be little yellow pieces of paper, but each 3×5 inch note holds endless possibilities.


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