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Top 66 Pat Summitt Quotes on Success (WINNING)

Top 10 Most Famous Pat Summitt Quotes (BEST)

Winning is fun… Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point.”

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

“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
You can't always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive.
You can’t always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive.
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 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.
Handle success like you handle failure. You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.
Handle success like you handle failure. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.
Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself.
Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself.

6 Pat Summitt Quotes to Inspire Success

“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
Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.
Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.
Success is a project that is always under construction.
Success is a project that is always under construction.
Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity.
Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity.
The game is never over. No matter what the scoreboard reads or what the referee says, it doesn't end when you come off the court.
The game is never over. No matter what the scoreboard reads or what the referee says, it doesn’t end when you come off the court.
Belief in yourself is what happens when you know you’ve done the things that entitle you to success.
Belief in yourself is what happens when you know you’ve done the things that entitle you to success.

5 Motivational Pat Summitt Quotes on Responsibility

“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
Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.
Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.
If you don't want responsibility, don't sit in the big chair. To be successful, you must accept full responsibility.
If you don’t want responsibility, don’t sit in the big chair. To be successful, you must accept full responsibility.
The best way to handle responsibility is to break it down into smaller parts. Take care of one small thing at a time.
The best way to handle responsibility is to break it down into smaller parts. Take care of one small thing at a time.
You can’t pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible. It’s not something that disappears when you’re tired.
You can’t pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible. It’s not something that disappears when you’re tired.

4 Inspirational Pat Summitt Quotes on Winning

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.
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.
Offense sells tickets, defense wins games and rebounding wins championships.
Offense sells tickets, defense wins games and rebounding wins championships.
There is an old saying a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.
There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.
Winners are not born, they are self-made.
Winners are not born, they are self-made.

5 Pat Summitt Quotes on Teamwork

“Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.”

Pat Summitt
Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.
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.
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.
Teamwork doesn't come naturally, it needs to be taught.
Teamwork doesn’t come naturally, it needs to be taught.
Put the team before yourself.
Put the team before yourself.

4 Wise Pat Summitt Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you're never wrong
Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?
It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it.
It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it.
Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been.
Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been.
Hard work breeds self-respect.
Hard work breeds self-respect.

3 Pat Summitt Quotes on Loyalty

“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
Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.
Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.
I remember every player who wore Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate.
I remember every player who wore Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate.

2 Pat Summitt Quotes on Setting Goals

It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.
It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.
Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalties for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper.
Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalties for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper.

9 Pat Summitt Quotes on Attitude

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.”

Pat Summitt
With attitude, you can determine your own performance.
With attitude, you can determine your own performance.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.
Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen.
Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen.

“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
Silence is a form of communication. Sometimes less is more.
Silence is a form of communication. Sometimes less is more.
Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right.
Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right.
Class is more important than a game.
Class is more important than a game.
Discipline is the only sure way I know to convince people to believe in themselves.
Discipline is the only sure way I know to convince people to believe in themselves.

9 Pat Summitt Quotes on Leadership

“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
When a player makes a mistake you always want to put them back in quickly. You just don't berate them and sit them down with no chance for redemption.
When a player makes a mistake you always want to put them back in quickly. You just don’t berate them and sit them down with no chance for redemption.
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.
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.
If I'm not leading by example, then I'm not doing the right thing. And I want to always do the right thing.
If I’m not leading by example, then I’m not doing the right thing. And I want to always do the right thing.

“A guy raised his hand and asked if I had any advice when it came to coaching women. I gave him a death-ray stare and said, ‘Don’t worry about coaching women, just go home and coach basketball’.”

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.
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.
I don't give out compliments easily.
I don’t give out compliments easily.
They don’t care how much you know, unless they know how much you care.
They don’t care how much you know, unless they know how much you care.
If I was renowned as a tough coach, I also wanted to be a caring one.
If I was renowned as a tough coach, I also wanted to be a caring one.

9 Pat Summitt Quotes About Life

“Have you ever walked along a shoreline, only to have your footprints washed away? That’s what Alzheimer’s is like. The waves erase the marks we leave behind, all the sand castles. Some days are better than others.”

Pat Summitt
When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you.'
When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.’
Life. It gives you vision. But you can’t acquire it if you’re afraid of keeping score.
Life. It gives you vision. But you can’t acquire it if you’re afraid of keeping score.
I'm interested to see where a combination of faith and science will take me.
I’m interested to see where a combination of faith and science will take me.

“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
Most people get excited about the games, but I get excited about practice because that's my classroom.
Most people get excited about the games, but I get excited about practice because that’s my classroom.
Sometimes I'm more stubborn than I am smart.
Sometimes I’m more stubborn than I am smart.

“About one’s life; memories are unreliable—they smudge, and fade, like disappearing footprints in the sand. We’re too busy standing in the middle of it all to remember everything perfectly…”

Pat Summitt
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.
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.

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