Argentinian footballer Lionel Andres Messi, born 24 June 1987, has become known as one of football’s greatest talents to ever bless the game. With over 700 goals and over 800 appearances for club and country it’s not hard to understand why. It wasn’t always that way however, the legacy player didn’t start an overnight success, he worked hard to get where he rightfully belongs: on top of his game. With this in mind here are Lionel Messi’s most influential quotes for success, hopefully we can all learn something.

“Goals are only important if they win games.”

Are you goals winning games? The targets we set ourselves are only important if they contribute to something bigger to our success as an individual and as a team. Prioritising the right aims and objectives is key to finding our success.

 “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

There is no shortcut for success. We have to work hard and actively battle against resistance to achieve our goals. Sacrifice is important so we can prioritise our aspirations and our well-being above everything else. 

“In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision.” 

The basics to any skill are just as important as the flares and more complicated competencies associated with it. Precision and rigor are fundamental stepping stones to talent and elegance, without them we will not be as competent as we could be.

“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.”

Passion and gut-feeling play a pivotal role in making the right decisions. We should practice until our skills become second nature and in-turn become our primal instincts. When we make our craft our instinct we can be far more clinical and make the best decisions. We should immerse ourselves in our ambition so we can rely on our instincts. 

“I start early, and I stay late, day after day after day.”

Working to a routine and staying disciplined is fundamental to success. Commitment is key to everything in life, even if we have to start early or late, we should be working towards our dreams day after day after day.