24 of the Best Jim Harbaugh Quotes and What They Mean

1. On football and it's meaning to America
"Football is the last bastion of hope for toughness in America in men, in males."
2. His secret food growing up
"I drank a lot of milk growing up. A lot of milk. Whole milk, though. Not the candy ass two-percent or skim milk."
3. On helping people
"When asked to do things, my default is yes."
4. His views on accountability and karma 
"Do not be deceived. You will reap what you sow."
5. The essentials to being healthy and strong
“I truly believe the number 1 natural steroid is sleep. The number 2 natural steroid is milk, whole milk. Number three would be water. And four would be steak. I take a vitamin every day. It’s called a steak.”
6. On questioning so called experts and the media
"They said artificial sweeteners were safe, weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq, and Anna Nicole Smith married for love. They said."
7. A Yogi Berra quote to live by
"What's your favorite Yogi-ism? Mine is: I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
8. A quote to follow about victory
"My thought of the day: victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price. - Sun Tzu"
9. His natural readiness to compete appears even in his dreams
“There’s a battle rhythm, a body clock that tells you it’s time for football. For me, it’s always I know when I get my first football dream. That’s my body clock telling me it’s time to compete. It’s like a bell at a boxing match, ding, ding. The bugler’s call at the Kentucky Derby”
10. The simplicity of having morals and ethics
"Greeks never wrote obituaries. When a man passed they only asked one question. Was he a good man?"
11. Learn from history
"Oliver Luck once told me: History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme."
12. Don't ever worry about what other people say
"As my esteemed associate and friend the great Frank Gore has taught me and tells me: These haters can't hold me back"
13. What he loves about America
"Traveling our great country, I have found our country's greatness lies within good, proud people who possess faith, hope and love for family."
14. Don't worry about fame, just work
"I'm not striving to be creating any buzz. Just striving to coach the football team. Not trying to be popular or anything. Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked. So I'm just coaching football."
15. Everyone should always be growing
"Realistic expectations for life are that we are going to be better today than we were yesterday, be better tomorrow than we were today. That's a plan for success. So the key is simple: just work."
16. How live each day
"Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."
17. The importance of being on a team
"I love being part of something that is working toward a greater goal, and there's no more satisfaction in life than achieving those goals as a team and being a part of that team."
18. Don't ever show your enemy weakness
"It can be a great temptation to rest on the field and let the opponent have a play without making him pay for every inch. I must hold his pain where it is. Mine does not matter. The punishment I inflict, his fatigue, and that he is up against something that he does not comprehend is everything."
19. No one man can ever do it alone
"People often think that there's a general who makes all the difference, but I would reject that. It's a team effort. It's the power of the wedge."
20. Earn everything you want
"I have never asked to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never asked to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach. I have never asked for more power."
21. Never engage in hindsight
"I'm not into the if this or if that type of scenarios. If worms had machine guns, then birds would be scared of them."
22. On preparing to finish a job at all times
"If it's going to be a great book, then it's going to have to have one heck of a conclusion."
23. The word that has guided him through life 
"We do something very special every week. A dirty four-letter word: W-O-R-K."
24. Accept the present for what it is and control what you can
"What will happen will happen, what won't happen won't happen."

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How Jim Harbaugh Learned Confidence and Who Taught It To Him

Jim Harbaugh once wrote a great piece about his childhood and the lessons he learned growing up. In the piece he talks about his love for football, Michigan, and values of his father. One anecdote, in particular, stands out and it might point to the origins of Harbaugh's confidence. What you are about to read is where the Harbaugh everyone knows today, started. He writes:
When I was growing up, there was a local car dealer in Ann Arbor that had a program where the coaches at Michigan got to drive the extra dealer cars. We didn’t have much money, and we didn’t have a car of our own, so my parents shared the dealer car. Sometimes my dad, brother and I would walk outside and the car would be in the driveway. Other times, if my mom was out, it wasn’t. 
“Hey Dad, where’s the car?” 
“No car today, guys. We’re walking … Grab a basketball: 100 with the right, 100 with the left. Let’s go!” 
So we’d dribble down the sidewalk, dad leading the way, yelling: “Who’s got it better than us?!” 
Me and my brother trailing behind, chanting: “No-body!”
Despite any of his family's circumstances, a young Harbaugh was learning that still no one in the world had it better than him. That he and his brother had it the best and no one could take it away.

To read more and find out where this story came from, go visit the The Player's Tribune here