Quotes worth recording – Bobby Knight

Quotes worth recording – Bobby Knight

By Rajesh Setty on Wed 07 May 2008, 7:59 AM – 11 Comments

 Simple and profound. How are you preparing today for the “wins” that you badly want in your life?

“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win”

Bobby Knight


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Cyril Rayan  on May 7th, 2008

Wonderful quote! There is a price to pay to win. Some look at people who are highly successful and think that has happened overnight. Thats not true, if you ask the people who are very successful you will quickly find out that they have taken the time to prepare and they have paid a price. Only a few are willing to pay the price.

Venkk Sastry  on May 7th, 2008

Can’t be said better!

Thanks for sharing!

Vijay  on May 7th, 2008

Does winning really matter? Sometimes, I feel the price to win is too high that it pays to be lazy!

Rajesh Setty  on May 7th, 2008

Cyril, Venkk and Vijay: thank you for your comments.

Vijay, Winning or Losing really does not matter as long as you willing to face the consequences. You can decline or accept an opportunity/offer/job/education/anything but you can’t avoid the consequences of your actions.

Most things work great in the short-term. It’s in the long-term that you pay for the actions that worked brilliantly in the short-term.

Have fun!



Vijay  on May 7th, 2008

I guess we should identify what we enjoy doing and do the thing. Sometimes, we get the results and we win, Sometimes, we do not and we may lose. But what matters is, whether we are doing what enjoy doing! Else, the “success” that you got is pretty hollow and does not make much sense!

Rajesh Setty  on May 8th, 2008

Thank you Vijay.

You seem to be VERY certain that you have the right philosophy to make the most out of your life :)

If it is working for you, nothing like it. Enjoy!

I only want to wish you the very best.



Venkk Sastry  on May 8th, 2008

Hi Vijay

Its my humble view that the question of “price” arises only if one is doing something that one might not like (or love). For some people its the true passion that drives them. Others might look at them and say they are paying the price, in reality they love what they do.

I do see your point as to its the journey and not the destination which really matters. Its that attitude that builds resilience in a person.

Just my 2c



Cyril Rayan  on May 11th, 2008


I think we are willing to pay the price because we love what we do. If you look at great leaders eg. Gandhiji they have several options, he could have been a successful lawyer but he chose the path which he definitely was passionate about but he had to pay the ultimate price of his life for the vision that he pursued.



Venkk Sastry  on May 12th, 2008

Hi Cyril

Thanks for your comments. I see your point and its true that when you’re working towards a greater purpose there is some “price”. I happen to just view the price as self-acceptance by the individual to the level that it becomes just integral part of the process.

To take your example, we view Gandhi’s sacrifice as a price. My argument is how Gandhi himself would have viewed it? Could he have conveyed a message to us through his last words? One of compassion may be?



Cyril Rayan  on May 12th, 2008


Good point! But even Gandhi I am sure knew the price to be paid I think the individual is passionate for the vision and accepts the price, but he does realize that a price needs to be paid. Great discussion!


Venkk Sastry  on May 12th, 2008

Hi Cyril

Its a great discussion indeed. Its clear that we are in agreement regarding the price to be paid. I think we also acknowledge what one might perceive as price others might not (and vice-versa). As an example if a passionate tech geek tries to build a blogging platform its fun for him but for a regular developer it might not be (so he needs to pay price for the task).



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