“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
– Paul “Bear” Bryant
Quotes like this are great because they can be applied to everyday life. Sports are a foundation for life. They teach you teamwork, the importance of hard work and preparation, and how to deal with loss and disappointment.
What I think Paul Bryant was talking about in this quote was much bigger than just sports. I think he was talking about the character of a person. If an athlete has the will to prepare then he/she definitely understands that everything in life does not come easy. He/she understands that hard work pays off, and that anything worth having is worth working for.
Does that mean that someone who didn’t play sports can’t have the will to prepare? No, absolutely not, but like just about anything else in life it has to come from somewhere.
The non-sports people who have the will to prepare were probably raised, or somehow influenced by a person(s) in their life that taught them determination and the will to win and prepare. Sports is just a place where the will can be learned, practiced, and ingrained into a person over a long period of time.