„Hard work and training. There's no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard and aim to be the best.“

—  Ronnie Coleman, Herald Sun staff (October 13, 2006) "A good life, naturally", Herald Sun, p. 017.
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„There are few secrets to leadership. It is mostly just hard work.“

—  Stanley A. McChrystal American general 1954
Context: All leaders are human. They get tired, angry, and jealous and carry the same range of emotions and frailties common to mankind. Most leaders periodically display them. The leaders I most admired were totally human but constantly strove to be the best humans they could be. Leaders make mistakes, and they are often costly. The first reflex is normally to deny the failure to themselves; the second is to hide it from others, because most leaders covet a reputation for infallibility. But it's a fool's dream and inherently dishonest. There are few secrets to leadership. It is mostly just hard work. More than anything else it requires self-discipline. Colorful, charismatic characters often fascinate people, even soldiers. But over time, effectiveness is what counts. Those who lead most successfully do so while looking out for their followers' welfare. p. 393-394

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„There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.“

—  Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937
As quoted in The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell (2003) by Oren Harari, p. 164.

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„I'll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets — this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it. So Vive le Tour forever!“

—  Lance Armstrong professional cyclist from the USA 1971
Context: Finally, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles. But this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it. You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people. I'll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets — this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it. So Vive le Tour forever! Farewell speech at the Champs-Élysées podium, after winning his seventh Tour de France, quoted in "Paris salutes its American hero" by Caroline Wyatt in BBC News (24 July 2005) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/europe/4713283.stm

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„Train hard, fight easy.“

—  Alexander Suvorov Russian military commander 1953 - 1800
other version: Hard training - easy combat; easy training - hard combat. Philip Longworth: The Art of Victory, New York, 1965, cited in af.mil http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/aureview/1986/nov-dec/menning.html.

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„I am one of the best kept secrets in jazz history. Many of my early records are hard to find and it is still difficult to release new ones.“

—  Clare Fischer American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader 1928 - 2012
As quoted in "Clare Fischer: The Best Kept Secret in Jazz" http://www.artistinterviews.eu/?page_id=5&parent_id=22/

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„If you’re not falling, you’re not training hard enough.“

—  Michelle Trachtenberg American actress 1985
Interview by Nicki Gostin, Newsweek, Updated: 10:46 a.m. ET March 11, 2005 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7151262/site/newsweek/

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„My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering.“

—  Lance Armstrong professional cyclist from the USA 1971
Context: I'm not happy if I'm not doing some physical suffering, like going out on a bike ride or running. First, it's good for you. No. 2, it sort of clears my mind on a daily basis. And it's a job. My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering. As quoted in "10 questions for Lance Armstrong" by Bill Saporito in TIME magazine (28 September 2003) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1005777,00.html

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