Make Honest Mistakes and Don't Be Afraid to Fail.With Perfect Practice Will Come Success.The Eagle and the Chickens – A Story About Being Who You Are Meant to BeThere’s an old, well known story of a chicken farmer who found an eagle’s egg.He put it with his chickens and soon the egg hatched.The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens and whatever they did, the eagle did too. He thought he was a chicken, just like them.Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learnt to fly a short distance.He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do. As a consequence, that was all he was able to do.One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him.“That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” the hens told him. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth, we are just chickens.”So the eagle lived and died as a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.I want to encourage you today that you are an eagle.You may have been brought up in a situation that limited your understanding of your potential, but it’s time now for the past to lose its hold on you.Don’t die thinking you’re a chicken.Soar high, just as you were meant to.Be all that you are meant to be!Here are some famous, inspirational, and funny basketball quotes from personalities.“The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.”― Criss Jami “The biggest liar in the world is They Say.”― Douglas Malloch “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” Michael JordanBefore playing sports: Tie your sneakers up tight, take all the jewellry off,ie watches, rings, studs." Freddie Wilson “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” Jerry West “When it's played the way is spozed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams.” John Edgar Wideman “When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.” Darryl Dawkins “It’s what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.” Pat Riley “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” Michael Jordan “Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.” Red Auerbach “I hate it! It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven. Five guys standing there with their hands in the air.” Norm Sloan “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” Derek Jeter “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” Michael Jordan “We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.” Weldon Drew “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” Charles Barkley “Love never fails; Character never quits; and with patience and persistence; Dreams do come true.” Pete Maravich “Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.” Shaquille O’Neal “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan “A winner is someone who recognizes his God- given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” Larry Bird “Everybody on a championship team doesn’t get publicity, but everyone can say he’s a champion.” Magic Johnson “I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” Michael Jordan “As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don’t know. I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.” Kobe Bryant “Everything negative - pressure, challenges - are all an opportunity for me to rise.” Kobe Bryant “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan “You never make any of the shots you never take. 87% of the ones you do take, you’ll miss too. I make 110% of my shots.” Larry Bird “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” Larry Bird “Don’t let what other people think decide who you are.” Dennis Rodman “Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.” Shaquille O’Neal “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan “Michael, if you can’t pass, you can’t play.” Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan (when he was at UNC) “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot...and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why... I succeed.” Michael Jordan On maximising our potential: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson MandelaOn persistence: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Nelson MandelaOn resilience: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson MandelaAnd with the London Olympics starting soon, this final quote: “For seventeen days, they are roommates. For seventeen days, they are soul mates. And for twenty-two seconds, they are competitors. Seventeen days as equals. Twenty-two seconds as adversaries. What a wonderful world that would be. That’s the hope I see in the Olympic Games.” Nelson MandelaAs I read these quotes, I’m inspired and challenged to do more and be more.