Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby taught us two things. Number one: America is about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed. Number two: being a champion takes determination, grit, hard work and a lot of Mountain Dew. Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) was a successful race car driver with a smokin’ hot wife, a pair of kids, a few endorsement deals, and plenty of fans before he crashed and burned — the burned part was imaginary on his part — on the track. He lost everything: his family, his best friend, and his ability to tear up some rubber on the big stage, but Ricky Bobby learned the true meaning of excellence when he mounted the quintessential American comeback, one that involved deadbeat dads, live cougars, and Frenchmen.
There’s a lot we can learn from the tale of Ricky Bobby but perhaps the most important thing is how to always act like a winner. Here are nine lines for when you need to motivate yourself to literally piss excellence.