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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 30, 2017
“Practice as if you are the worst. Play as if you are the best”

"Practice as if you are the worst. Perform/Play as if you are the best” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images.  “Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best” was printed in The Times of India (New Delhi, India) on December 28, 2006. “Practice as if you are the worst, Play as if you are the best” was posted on Twitter on July 25, 2009. Authorship is unknown.


28 December 2006, The Times of India (New Delhi, India), “Sacred Space,” pg. 14, col. 4:
Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.
Anonymous

Google Groups: rec.juggling
Does practice really make you better? 
Dave Altman
1/25/07
(...)
Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.
Unknown

Google Books
How to Get Someone to Buy Something:
Fear and Loathing of Cold Calls & Closing

By Larry Grimes
OneLittleBook.com
2008
Pg. 48:
“Practice as if you are the worst. Perform as if you are the best.”
Anonymous sports coach

Twitter
TrombaMatt‏
@TrombaMatt
Practice as if you are the worst; Perform as if you are the best.
6:34 PM - 30 Mar 2008

Twitter
Scott Marsh‏
@A_Marshan
Practice as if you are the worst, Play as if you are the best
2:22 AM - 25 Jul 2009

Twitter
Ryan Jensen‏
@sthryan9109
Replying to @blakegriffin32
@blakegriffin here’s a good quote, “Practice as if you are the worst, play as if you are the best.”
1:11 PM - 30 Jul 2009

Twitter
AL SHEP‏
@AlShepMH
what do you do when your talent is overlooked?? you work harder...."practice as if your the worst, play as if your the best”
8:49 PM - 30 Sep 2009

NJ.com
High School Top Performer - Week 6: Julie Monroy (girls volleyball), Union Catholic
By Carolyn Freundlich/For The Star-Ledger
on October 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM, updated October 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM
(...)
VOLLEYBALL MANTRA: Practice as if you are the worst; play as if you are the best.
“I found the quote (anonymous) online about a year ago and it just stuck with me. I repeat it to myself before and at the begining of each game. It has become something I just say now to get myself pumped up.”

Google Groups: bitsdivya
That Small Sweet Thief
irtahk_lahsiv
10/28/12
(...)
Practice as if you are the worst, Play as if you are the best ~ Anonymous

Facebook
TT Pro League
December 3, 2012 ·
PRACTICE as if you are the worst, PLAY as if you are the BEST. -ANONYMOUS

BOMB Wellness
The 20 Best Inspirational Quotes
23/12/2012
If you follow us on Twitter you’ll notice that we regularly post quotes from professional athletes and coaches
(...)
18 - “Practice as if you are the WORST, play as if you are the BEST.” – Anonymous

Google Books
101 Quotes For Athletes:
Lessons in Leadership

By JJ Vogel
BookBaby
2013
Pg. ?:
“Practice as if you are the worst player on your team by trying harder, and then perform as if you are the best.” – JJ

Google Books
The Illustrated Dictionary of Snark:
A Snide, Sarcastic Guide to Verbal Sparring. Comebacks, Irony, Insults and Much More

By Lawrence Dorfman
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
Practice as if you are the worst; perform as if you are the best. —JOHN WOODEN

Fuel Running
Runner Things #1309
Posted on 02 May, 2013
“Practice as if you are the worst, play as if you are the best.”

Twitter
Sport Quotes‏
@soccernewbs
PRACTICE as if you are the worst, PLAY as if you are the BEST. -ANONYMOUS
2:20 AM - 1 Jul 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, June 30, 2017 • Permalink