Toggle High
Contrast On
Categories
Body icon
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View Topic
Life icon
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View Topic
Mind icon
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View Topic
Self Care icon
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View Topic
Soul icon
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View Topic
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View More
Categories
A life in motion is a life well lived. Move. Discover. Grow.
View Topic
True health lies in finding the perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit.
View Topic
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Regain control of your body and mind.
View Topic
Remedies sourced from nature help heal pains, both seen and unseen.
View Topic
Feed your body properly and you’ll nurture more than just the physical.
View Topic
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View More
Categories
Ease the way you move through life with simplicity and intelligence.
View Topic
Strengthening your relationships helps you celebrate who you’ve become.
View Topic
Raising children is the job of a lifetime. And you never get to retire.
View Topic
Our planet is a marvelous gift. Become the change the world needs by helping it heal.
View Topic
They’re an extended part of your family. Care for them the way they deserve.
View Topic
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View More
Categories
While you cannot escape the stresses of life, you can find shelter inside yourself.
View Topic
Calming anxiety, easing depression, and discovering peace of mind are within your grasp.
View Topic
Everyday tools, training, and techniques to convince your brain it can be so much more.
View Topic
From mantras for self-love to changing the way you look at wellness.
View Topic
category alt tag
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View More
Categories
The journey of self-discovery is never-ending. Embrace your journey.
View Topic
Feeling good about your outside impacts how you feel about your inside. Feel beautiful both ways.
View Topic
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View More
Categories
Dive into your practice and experience something new every day. Give your mind some space to grow.
View Topic
Feed your mind with powerful positive statements to help you believe in yourself.
View Topic
In a fast-paced world, sometimes the best thing you can do is to breathe.
View Topic
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Timo Volz / Pexels
326 Views
3 Min Read Time
0 Shares

5 Famous Athletes Who Were Told to Quit and Didn’t

GR8NESS RATING
1
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS

Have you ever been told that you wouldn’t be able to accomplish a goal? Did it stop you from trying? Rejection is a part of life, but the important thing is to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep trying.

That’s precisely what these famous athletes did. You won’t believe the list below. Some of the most astonishing sports players of all time were once told they wouldn’t make it. But look where they are today. They’re the ultimate form of motivation to keep going. No matter what.

1. Babe Ruth

Perhaps one of the most famous baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth, once held the record for having the most strikeouts. His total? 1,330, to be exact. Ruth had a hard upbringing, expected to make nothing of himself.

He was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage, despite having parents. He was deemed “incorrigible.” However, it was there that he began his career in baseball, pulling himself up despite all odds. Ruth was one of the first five baseball players ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2. Muhammad Ali

In boxing, there’s an age-old test that’s used to estimate the talent of the athletes. It’s known as the “tale of the tape.” It measures boxer’s physical attributes, believed to predict how good they’ll be in the ring. Ali failed the test in all categories, deemed not to have a future in the sport.

Ali’s success is primarily attributed to his careful study of his opponents. It’s said he often did ample research before entering a fight. His psychological power made up for what others considered shortcomings.

3. Dennis Rodman

Numerous basketball teams rejected an iconic NBA player of the 1990s, Rodman, before he finally got his start. He tried football as well but was dismissed from that sport too. Rodman was selected only in the second-round draft in 1986 and went on to become a household name.

4. Lionel Messi

Widely considered to be one of the best soccer plays in the entire world, Messi was cut from his Junior soccer team. The reason? He was told he was too short to play. Messi has a growth hormone deficiency that stunted his height, but it hasn’t stopped him from reaching soccer super-stardom.

5. Kurt Warner

Warner was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2017, but no one thought he would ever make it there. A former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Warner, was initially kicked out of training camp with the team in 1994. He ended up working at a supermarket making minimum wage before entering the Arena League, NFL Europe, and eventually making his way back to the NFL in America.

Were you surprised by any of the names on this list? We sure were. Some of the most well-regarded, well-respected, wildly successful athletes were initially deemed to be failures. They were told they would never make it.

In short, the moral of the story is never give up. If you want something bad enough, keep pushing. These athletes did and looked where they ended up.

GR8NESS RATING
1
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS
Anne
GR8NESS Writer
Anne is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer, covering mental health, self-development, body, health, and pet care. She believes that self-betterment comes from addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and soul. When she’s not writing, you will definitely find her giving her dog belly rubs and reading the first half of every book she buys.
Learn More
Related Articles
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by bbernard  / Shutterstock

Motivate Your Partner to Workout with These Tips

Falling in love with working out and falling in love with a partner are two different things. Yet, their relation to one another can be exciting. Working out together, or at least sharing in the experience, can be beneficial for a couple. Why Motivate Your Partner to Workout? If both...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Victor Freitas / Unsplash 

5 Top Motivations to Exercise 

It is my personal belief that the hardest muscle to train in the body is the brain. The mind-body connection must be an integral ingredient to whatever motivation-protein cocktail all of these fitness junkies are sipping on. Finding Motivation In all seriousness, finding unshakable motivation to work out is fleeting....
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by bruce mars / Pexels

5 Best Fitness Apps to Stay Motivated

If you swore to yourself that you would kick your fitness routine into gear recently but can't seem to stay motivated, you need to try these apps. They're based on rewards systems and use the ultimate motivator of all –your bank account. Everyone can agree that losing money is the...
The URL has been copied