Many of you know I love sports.

I love also how it can easily relate to business and all aspects of life.

Recently I was having breakfast with a priest friend of mine, Father Mark, and asked him if sports were in heaven.  (These are our conversations.)   I asked because I loved sports.  Also sports is not a recent thing, or just within our culture.  It has been around and played in every culture on the planet as long as time has been tracked.  Lastly, since it’s kind of always been a thing and God created it all, maybe he did it for a reason.  I was worried however, since sports has defeats, and winning and losing, and struggles, that there would be no place for competition in heaven.  He assured me that he was positive there are sports in heaven.  So that would be cool.  I hope I can dunk.  A lot.  Anyways…

My point is we can learn a lot about life from sports.

Brad Stevens is the head basketball coach for a the Boston Celtics.   In a few years you will all know his name.  He has the best basketball mind on the planet (no offense Coach K)… here are some of his best quotes… so many of these quotes we can relate to our life… So many that I decided I wanted to share them with you.

Quotes from Brad Stevens (Think how these relate to your life.  Find ways to apply them.)

“Control what you can control; be great at controlling the controllables” he said. “Be reliable in doing your job every day, and part of that reliability is if there’s a ball on the ground and you are near it, you should dive. That’s your job.”’


  • “The moment coaches can stop coaching egos, roles, and agendas and can start coaching basketball, you have a great team” – Brad Stevens 
  • “Do your role as well as you possibly can and become a superstar in that role. Give it everything you got” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I think you recruit hard-playing guys. And if you’re a hard-playing guy and are around hard-playing guys, it’s contagious” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I don’t have the 5 positions anymore. It may be as simple as 3 positions now… you’re either a ball-handler, a wing or a big” – Brad Stevens 
  • “My door is always open to talk about playing time. But if you want to talk about playing time, be prepared for the truth” – Brad Stevens 
  • “We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens 
  • “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens 
  • “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens 
  • “If you don’t have accountability you will not improve” – Brad Stevens