Quotes of Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

“ I remember every player – every single one – who wore the Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate, a bold, aggravating color that you can usually find on a roadside crew, “or in a correctional institution,” as my friend Wendy Larry jokes. But to us the color is a flag of pride, because it identifies us as Lady Vols and therefore as women of an unmistakable type. Fighters. I remember how many of them fought for a better life for themselves. I just met them halfway. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work. ”

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

“ By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could – like running the track after a two-hour practice – you become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself. ”

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

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

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ I remember every player – every single one – who wore the Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate, a bold, aggravating color that you can usually find on a roadside crew, “or in a correctional institution,” as my friend Wendy Larry jokes. But to us the color is a flag of pride, because it identifies us as Lady Vols and therefore as women of an unmistakable type. Fighters. I remember how many of them fought for a better life for themselves. I just met them halfway. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ 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. ”

- Pat Summitt

“ We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. It matters. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities because they fear failure. They don’t understand commitment. ”

- Pat Summitt
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