Dan Gable Quotes
Dan Gable on Goals
“I’m a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.”

Gable on Priorities
“When you finally decide how successful you really want to be, you’ve got to set priorities. Then, each and every day, you’ve got to take care of the top ones. The lower ones may fall behind, but you can’t let the top ones slip. You don’t forget about the lower ones though because they can add up to hurt you. Just take care of the top ones first. In 25 years as a head coach and assistant, I think I might have missed one practice. Why? Because practice is my top priority. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t accomplish something in my family life or my profession because those two things are my top priorities.”

Gable on Hard Work
“The obvious goals were there- State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion. To get there I had to set an everyday goal which was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work so hard in practice that someone would have to carry me off the mat.”

Gable on Raising your Level of Performance
“Raising your level of performance requires a proper mentality and meaning from within. This gives you the ability and drive to work on the things necessary to go to a higher level. When people ask me how to raise their level of performance, the first thing I ask is, How important is it to you?”

“Wrestling is the only sport I’ve ever competed in that puts you totally in a situation of constant [motion] without breaks. I could play football or baseball, swim — but there’s always some kind of situation that would break my thoughts, break my concentration.”

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable

“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” Dan Gable

I can take anyone down at anytime; they can’t take me down; no one can ride or turn me; I can control anyone. – Dan Gable

When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. I’d wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder. – Dan Gable

If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed. – Dan Gable

“I shoot in, I get 2 points. He shoots in, I get 2 points” -Dan Gable

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