The NCAA recently mourned the loss of Pat Summitt, whose 1,098 career wins are the most in NCAA basketball history. Some great passages can be found in her book, Sum It Up, her memoir written after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
A couple of strong quotes to share:
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 in life. It gives you vision.
All my life, I had preached “taking ownership” to athletes. I insisted they commit to their talent and to themselves, not just by working at the things they were good at, but by admitting the things they weren’t good at. It was a difficult, counterintuitive thing to teach–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 a blueprint for real strength. Don’t look away from the difficult things, I urged our athletes. “Take ownership!” When you own something, you possess it, live it, act on it.