6 #WorldCup Quotes For Entrepreneurs

June 12, 2014

9:00 am

Soccer players and sportsmen in general are rarely known for their words of wisdom. Nonetheless, as we are hours away from the most-watched sports tournament in the world, 2014 FIFA World Cup, here are six pieces of sporting wisdom for you budding entrepreneurs to consider.

On The Importance of learning

“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.” ― Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese forward.

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On Humility

“They must be clever and forget their ego to realize that the only thing that matters is the team, not them. If they don’t understand that, I will need a gun.” – Former France Coach Raymond Domenech.

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On Decision-Making

“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.”- Lionel Messi, Argentine forward and four-time ballon d’or winner.

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On Perseverance 

“Let them shout. In five minutes, this stadium will be as silent as a tomb and only one voice will be able to be heard: mine.” – Obdulio Varela, Uruguay’s captain in the 1950 World Cup final against Brazil in the Maracanã.

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On Team Performance

“The whole kiss-and-tell thing is a negative approach that often happens in a World Cup. We will see negative stories about the players and it can affect their confidence and the overall performance of the national team on the pitch, let alone the bid to actually stage the competition.” – Gary Lineker, former Golden-boot winner and English forward.

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On Failure

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Roy Keane, former Irish midfielder.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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