Dean Smith Quotes

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful.

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

The most important thing in basketball is the team, everything else comes second.

The strength of your team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.

Good basketball always starts with good defense.

Great teams are not just made up of great players, but players who make others great.

What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

Champions are made when no one is watching.

It’s not about the plays you have, it’s about executing the plays you have.

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.

You don’t coach basketball, you coach people.

Our goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than we were yesterday.

In basketball and in life, it’s not about how hard you fall, but how quickly you get back up.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.

Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.

Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry. Don’t decide when you’re sad.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Don’t wait for an opportunity, create it.

The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Success is not in what you have, but who you are.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Success is not just about making money. It’s about making a difference.

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.

The best revenge is massive success.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

You have to be odd to be number one.

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