Essential qualities of an athlete

… and relevant to anybody who is a competitive arena - be it career, work, etc.

When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.

Sir Donald Bradman speaking at his induction into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, 1985

(Via Rahul Dravid’s speech at Sir Donald Bradman Oration, 2011)

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