It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.
Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.
Major sports figures have professions that are intensely competitive, emotionally draining and—on the plus side—decidedly more exciting than your sad, meager existence.
But in the spirit of turning things around for you, I've curated a list of motivating quotes from those who have made it to the top.
Hopefully, these pearls of wisdom will inspire you to join a CrossFit gym, learn to play the piano or demand stock options during a hostile annual review with your employer.
Before we begin, this article does not include quotes from sports movies. If you're looking for scripted inspiration, click here. Also, to ensure that Vince Lombardi and John Wooden don’t saturate this list with prosaic musings, I've limited each sports personality to one quote each.
The first day of the rest of your life begins now with the 50 most inspirational quotes in sports.