Wayne Gretsky is almost as famous for his quotes now as he was when he played hockey. Generally acknowledged to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived, outside of Boston – which clings to the delusion that Bobby Orr holds that title, or Detroit – where the ageless Gordie Howe played into his fifties.
Gretsky was on the small side for hockey players, 6 foot, 185 pounds – dripping wet. He was far from the fastest or best skater, nor did he have the best shot.
So how did this guy become the greatest hockey player ever? His most famous quote explains:
Most hockey players skate to where the puck is, I skate to where it will be.
His lesser known quotes are also a powerful metaphor for business:
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing.
Quotes are powerful tools for teaching. They are compact, memorable and all have a moral. And you can quote me on that!