Hard work breeds self-respect.

— Pat Summitt

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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.

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Teamwork doesn't come naturally. It must be taught.

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Discipline yourself, so no one else has to.

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

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I think that it was a great feeling and probably a little bit more special because of the length of time that had passed before we won, but I think more importantly, it was just a great feeling because this team had such strong leadership and they had great chemistry.

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Teamwork does not come naturally. Let's face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn't one of them.

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I mean, we're always trying to evaluate and tweak things and get better.

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

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Actually, when I saw it in USA Today, I just, Candace Parker was, we were warming up in practice and she was underneath the basket shooting and I just said, 'Hey Candace! I enjoyed what I read in the paper today about your decision [to stay].' She just started laughing and I did too. So I haven't discussed it with her.

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I think you can challenge people, but you don't want to break people down.

But you've got to sometimes just pull them aside and say, you know, you're OK but you could be better.

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Coaches who start listening to fans often wind up sitting next to them.

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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.

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About Pat Summitt

Quotes 116 sayings
Profession Basketball Coach
Birthday June 14, 1952

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

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Make Winning an Attitude.

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If I was renowned as as tough coach, I also wanted to be a caring one

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You're wondering what a bale of hay has to do with success.

Well, there's a trick to loading hay. You have to use your knee. What you do is, you put your right knee behind it and half kick it up in the air. That way you get some lift on it. ... My point is, there are certain ways to make a hard job easier.

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Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen.

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I hate to sound this way but, 'Why me? Why me with dementia?'

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If I'm not leading by example, then I'm not doing the right thing.

And I want to always do the right thing.

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Winners are not born, they are self-made.

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

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Success is a project that's always under construction.

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The best way to handle responsibility is to break it down into smaller parts.

Take care of one small thing at a time.

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With attitude, you can determine your own performance.

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You can't pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible.

It's not something that disappears when you're tired.

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Sit up straight, listen and participate.

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There are some concrete ways to create a winning attitude.

But nothing beats practicing it. When you prepare to win, belief comes easily.

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Class is more important than a game.

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Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

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I really felt like we had to have a go to player.

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Success is all a matter of perspective.

It depends on where you start from, and where you want to end up.

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Put the Team Before Yourself.

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I learned so much from Sue about the Xs and Os of the game of basketball.

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

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Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.

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A lot of kids just want to go play basketball, but they don't know to play and they don't have the skills to play. I think just the skill development right off and then play all you can, but don't sacrifice your skill development by just playing and not working on the specifics of the game.

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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.

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I'd wake up in the morning and I would think, 'Where am I?' I'd have to gather myself.

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I think the most important thing I thought is, I thought about recruiting and what we need in recruiting.

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You can't have any quit in you if you want to be successful.

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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.

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It's my experience that people rise to the level of their own expectations and of the competition they seek out.

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I think I can help others just by my example.

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I never ask Candace Parker if she was thinking about leaving because I never had any reason to believe she would. I just kept the focus on the team and on Candace and the role she played for us.

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I want to continue to do is to help these young women be successful.

.. You don't just say goodbye at the end of their playing careers and end it there.

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I have a love-hate relationship with losing.

I hate how it makes me feel, which is basically sick. But I love what it brings out.

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If I aint happy, nobody's happy.

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Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.

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There is not that many players that really can take over games, signed Candace Parker, I really felt like at that time that a National Championship was certainly in reach.

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