"Its the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." This quote from "The Alchemist" Really connects to me because through baseball I played at many fields, learned from different coaches, and made many new friends.
"You must always know what it is that you want." You should never give up on a dream, on a project, or anything important. Professional athletes have to work so hard to stay on their teams. Therefore, if they ever get lazy, even for one game, they could take themselves out of the game forever.
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure." Some people will do anything to keep from failing. Some athletes will take performance enhancing drugs knowing it is illegal because they don't believe their hard work will keep them from failing.
"Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm only interested in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man." Every athlete has to have a winners mind set. Athletes can't go out to a new game thinking about what happened in the last game or what may happen in the next game. Keeping a present mind set as an athlete helps in all aspects of your game.
"One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving." Athletes will go through anything for the sport they love. Some will practice in 110 degree weather to be the best and it's all for the game they love.