Motivational Monday - Quotes from Herb Brooks!

Real Estate Agent with Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ


Since we're in the middle of the Olympics, I thought it would be fitting to post some motivational quotes from Herb Brooks.

Herbert Paul "Herb" Brooks, Jr. was best known for coaching the U.S. national team to a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics.  He also coached my favorite team, the NY Rangers.

Herb died August of 2003 in a single car accident, however, his legend and quotes live on....

"This is your time! Now go out there and take it!"

"If you give 99 percent, you will make my job very easy."

"Everything goes in cycles, to a degree."

"Great moments are born from great opportunities."

"And maybe I'm a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I've done."

"You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon."

And his most famous quote:

"If you lose this game, you'll take it to your graves."


Toula N. Rosebrock - Broker/Sales Associate (of Diane Turton, Realtors)

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Specializing in Ocean County, New Jersey - Lacey Township Real Estate / Forked River & Lanoka Harbor


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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


When your coach is telling you you're going to take a loss to the grave, you get motivated real fast.


Feb 21, 2010 11:00 PM #6
Jen Anderson
Exit By the Bay Realty - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Toula, great way to start the week! Have a good one.

Feb 21, 2010 11:05 PM #7
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Toula, thank you for the motivation! Have an awesome week :)

Feb 21, 2010 11:12 PM #8
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Toula..uncommonly great quotes. That was really an awesome time in history...thanks and have a great week..

Feb 21, 2010 11:54 PM #9
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Herb Brooks was a great motivator. He led an underdog USA Hockey team to Olympic Gold and will forever be a part of US and Olympic history.

His words are motivational beyond comparison.


Feb 22, 2010 12:31 AM #10
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Toula, great quotes and very timely too...i should've taken your tip today in my mot mon, but how can you go wrong with good ol Vince?  LOL

Feb 22, 2010 01:08 AM #11
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


That was a great moment for the country in winning the hockey gold mental in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 22, 2010 01:12 AM #12
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

That last quote is HARSH!  Motivation by fear!  I was thinking about the 80's team last night as I watched this years team beat Canada. I am enjoying the olympics much more this year than I have in the past.

Feb 22, 2010 02:35 AM #13
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Toula when Heb Brooks died we lost a great man.  I wish our politicians had the guts of this guy.

Feb 22, 2010 05:33 AM #14
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Touola we won on Sunday and upset Canada. But you know when they had to go (Canada ) to sudden death with the swiss you knew they might not be ready. Go USA. Thanks for the quotes

Feb 22, 2010 07:00 AM #15
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hi Toula, Herb did an incredible job and created a national spirit when we needed it the most. We certainly could use a dose of that now, Thanks for sharing

Feb 22, 2010 09:38 AM #16
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Toula, I enjoyed the quotes....I find most of these people in the Olympics to be some of the most iinspirational I have ever seen.

Feb 22, 2010 09:51 AM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Wonderful motivational quotes, Toula!  I find it a whole lot easier to get motivated when the sun is shining! 

Feb 22, 2010 10:29 AM #18
Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

Herb was an inspirational leader. Loved by many and also has a special place in the hearts of hockey fans from NJ when he coached the Devils. It is unfortunate that he left us so early due to that tragic car accident a few years ago.

Feb 22, 2010 11:10 AM #19
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

And maybe I'm a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I've done

Love that one Toula! I'm going to have to remember it!


Feb 22, 2010 11:39 AM #20
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


I believe this gentleman could give Vince Lombardi a run for his money. These are some pretty intense quotes.


Feb 23, 2010 01:22 AM #21
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I have been hearing a lot about Mr. Brooks during the last week.....he was an incredible man!

Feb 23, 2010 05:10 AM #22
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Toula, I love that great moment great opportunities thought. You found a lot of good ones here.
Feb 23, 2010 06:57 AM #23
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Toula, Although I'm late for Monday - these quotes can carry me through the rest of the week! Thanks!

Feb 23, 2010 01:27 PM #24
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Some words live for centuries even if the person  who said them is forgotten....Thanks for sharing!

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