I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour… this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle. Victorious. – Vince Lombardi
Heading into his fourth year in the OHL, 19-year-old undrafted goalie Andrew D’Agostini knew the chances were low that he would make it to the NHL, but he didn’t let that affect his work ethic: “I don’t want any regrets or at 50 to say that if I had stretched 10 more minutes or did that one extra push-up… I do the work now so I won’t regret it later.” There is no guarantee that putting everything you have into your goal will mean you’ll make it, but when the sting of the loss has lessened or even if your goals change, it’s unlikely that you will ever regret the work that you put in. It is not time wasted. When you don’t hold anything back, you know that in your heart you should have no regrets.
Game Plan: It can be tough after a loss or ‘failure’ to see the good, but the greatest achievement is in the discipline and effort that you invested. No matter the result, those ‘deposits’ will build up and lead you on the path to future success. You should never be ashamed if at the end of it you are lying on the ice exhausted from working your heart out.
Quote source: Moneyball