A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 28, 2016
“A champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable” ("Be comfortable being uncomfortable")

Several people have said that one should be “comfortable being uncomfortable.” The book Setting Goals (1983) by John Renesch asked, “ Are you willing to be uncomfortable (like any other form of adventure), and receive more value from your life?”

Self-help author Peter McWilliams (1949-2000) wrote in Do It!: Let’s Get Off Our Buts (1994):

“For now, be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living your Dream.”

American college basketball head coach Pat Summitt (1952-2016) wrote in Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective (2013):

“There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomFortable.”


Wikipedia: Peter McWilliams
Peter Alexander McWilliams (August 5, 1949 – June 14, 2000) was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

Wikipedia: Pat Summitt
Patricia Sue Summitt (née Head, June 14, 1952 – June 28, 2016) was an American college basketball head coach who achieved the most wins in NCAA basketball history. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, winning eight NCAA championships (an NCAA women’s record when she retired), and surpassed only by the 10 titles won by UCLA men’s coach John Wooden and the 11 titles won by UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma. She was the first NCAA coach, and one of four college coaches overall, to achieve at least 1,000 wins (she achieved 1,098).

Google Books
Setting Goals
By John Renesch
San Francisco, CA: Context Publications
1983
Pg. 46:
I’ll warn you that altering your point of view on several aspects of your life may be uncomfortable. Are you willing to be uncomfortable (like any other form of adventure), and receive more value from your life?

Google News Archive
3 April 1986, The Spokesman-Review, “Attracting Love” by Susan English, pg. B4, col. 5:
“I want people to get to the point they are comfortable being stretched, to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”
(Seattle psychologist David Illig.—ed.)

Google Books
Do It!:
Let’s Get Off Our Buts

By Peter McWilliams
Los Angeles, CA: Prelude Press
1994
Pg. 381:
Some people are past their first Dream and well on the way to their second before they can even locate the comfort zones feelings in the body.

For now, be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living your Dream.

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More Quotes and Insights from James
James D. Milton
1/25/98
(...)
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
-- Peter McWilliams

Google Books
101 Best Ways to Be Your Best:
101 stories, essays and ideas to help you operate at your personal and professional best

By Michael Angier
South Burlington, VT: Success Networks International, Inc.
2005
Pg. 50:
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” —Peter McWilliams

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Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.
11:09 PM - 1 Jun 2008

Google Books
Sum It Up:
A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

By Pat Head Summitt with Sally Jenkins
New York, NY: Crown Archetype
2013
Pg. 168:
There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomFortable. My message to that team at 4:30 A.M. was: “This is what it takes. I’ve shown you what it requires, what real eFFort looks like. Now you know, and if you turn away from it, take a shortcut, you’ll be settling for less. And if you do it once, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.”

23 January 2013, Speakin’ Out News (Huntsville, AL), “Local Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Chapter presents its 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast,” pg. 3:
Judge Karen told the 1,200 people in attendance that “A lot of times when we hear the word martyr, we think about somebody who is willing to die for a cause,’’ Judge Karen said. “But another definition of martyr is someone who is willing to make a sacrifice for a great cause - someone who is willing to be uncomfortable for a greater cause.”

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‏@BasketballHQ
There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable. – Pat Summitt
7:01 PM - 28 May 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 • Permalink