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Pat Summitt Quotes

Patricia Susan SummittPat Summitt quotes: ah-ha’s from one of the winningest college women’s basketball coaches of all-time.

“Life.  It is what it is.  But, it will be what you make it.”

“Life.  It gives you vision.  But you can’t acquire it if you’re afraid of keeping score.”

“Success is all a matter of perspective.  It depends on where you start from, and where you want to end up.”

“Success is a project that’s always under construction.”

Quit?  Quit?  We keep score in life because it matters.  It counts.  Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities, because they fear failure.  They don’t understand commitment.  When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do.”

“You can’t have any quit in you if you want to be successful.”

“See yourself as self-employed.”

“Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning.  Losing forces you to re-examine.  Losing strengthens you.  It reveals your weaknesses so you can fix them.”

“The truly ambitious find relief… in honesty… when they’ve lost, because it’s the diagnostic tool that leads to a solution.  Here’s what we did wrong and let’s fix it, so we don’t ever have to feel this way again.  Great teams explain their failure; they don’t excuse it.  When you explain a loss aloud, it’s no longer a tormenting mystery.  I believed in that brand of honesty my whole career.”

“The greatest strength any human being can have is to recognize his or her own weaknesses.  When you identify your weaknesses, you can begin to remedy them.  Or at least figure out how to work around them.”

“Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.”

“You can’t always be the most talented person in the room.  But you can be the most competitive.”

“Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.”

“The willingness to experiment with change may be the most essential ingredient to success at anything.”

“Change equals self-improvement.  Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”

“My parents taught me a long time ago that you win in life with people, and that’s important, because if you hang with winners, you stand a great chance of being a winner.”

“Winners are not born, they are self-made.”

“Make winning an attitude.”

“There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts.  They are survival instincts.”

“A competitor continually sets new goals.  He feels the need to keep raising the bar.”

“There is always someone better than you.  Whatever it is that you do for a living, chances are, you will run into a situation in which you are not as talented as the person next to you.  That’s when being a competitor can make a difference in your fortunes.”

“When you choose to be a competitor you choose to be a survivor.  When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are.”

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

“Here’s how I’m going to beat you: I’m going to outwork you.  That’s it.  That’s all there is to it.”

“Hard work breeds self-respect.”

“No one feels strong when she examines her own weakness.  But in facing weakness, you learn how much there is in you, and you find real strength.”

“By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could… you become a competitor.  Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger.”

“Anyone can quit, but it takes a strong, committed person not to quit when times are tough.”

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb.  Continue to seek new goals.”

“Discipline is the only sure way I know to convince people to believe in themselves.”

“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.  The ultimate goal of discipline is to teach self discipline.”

“Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right.”

“Discipline yourself, so no one else has to.”

“Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.”

“Attitude is a choice.  What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confidence or scared, will most likely happen.  Think positive thoughts daily.  Believe in yourself.”

“Attitude lies somewhere between emotion and logic.  It’s that curious mix of optimism and determination that enables you to maintain a positive outlook and to continue plodding in the face of the most adverse circumstances.”

“There are some concrete ways to create a winning attitude.  But nothing beats practicing it.  When you prepare to win, belief comes easily.”

“Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership.  And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.”

“The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear.  In fact, you should value them most.  Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it.”

“Loyalty is not unilateral.  You have to give it to receive it.”

“Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.”

“To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family.  It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels.  But the rewards are worth the cost.”

“When a player makes a mistake, you always want to put them back in quickly; you don’t just berate them and sit them down with no chance of redemption.”

“Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes.  How can you improve if you’re never wrong?”

“Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth.  How can you improve if you’re never wrong?  If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again.”

“Very few people are able to organize and direct followers, which is a far more subtle and multifaceted skill.  Leadership is really a form of temporary authority that others grant you, and they only follow you if they find you consistently credible.  It’s all about perception.”

“They don’t care how much you know, unless they know how much you care.”

“If you don’t want responsibility, don’t sit in the big chair.  To be successful, you must accept full responsibility.”

“You can’t pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible.  It’s not something that disappears when you’re tired.”

“Responsibility never ends.  It’s not a step or a chapter.  You don’t finish it and then move on to something more fun or interesting.  Responsibility is the constant state of being.”

“In order to grow, you must accept new responsibilities, no matter how uncertain you may feel or how unprepared you are to deal with them.”

“Silence is a form of communication, too.  Sometimes less is more.”

“I’m someone who will push you beyond all reasonable limits.  Someone who will ask you not to just fulfill your potential but to exceed it.  Someone who will expect more from you than you may believe you are capable of.”

“In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative.  They will assume you don’t care about them or don’t like them.”

“If I’m not leading by example, then I’m not doing the right thing.  And I want to always do the right thing.”

“I love teaching I think more than anything.  It’s the opportunity to just teach young people and teach the game.  You teach more than basketball.  You teach life skills.  The teaching part of it is something that I am passionate about.  I look forward to every practice.  A lot of people say, ‘Well, I enjoy coaching, but I see myself as more as a teacher.'”

“I think I can help others just by my example.”

“I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades.  But what I see are not the numbers.  I see their faces.”

“I remember every player—every single one.  Fighters.  I remember how many of them fought for a better life for themselves.  I just met them halfway.”

“It wasn’t just a job; it was my life, my home, and my family, and the players were the second-deepest love of my life.”

“Someday, I suppose I’ll give up, and sit in the rocking chair.  But I’ll probably be rocking fast, because I don’t know what I’ll do without a job.”

“God doesn’t take things away to be cruel.  He takes things away to make room for other things.  He takes things away to lighten us.  He takes things away so we can fly.”

“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

“Belief in yourself is what happens when you know you’ve done the thing things that entitle you to success.”

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