Pat Riley Quotes

There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

Excellence happens when you try each day to both do and be, a little better than you were yesterday!

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.

Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won’t get it done. In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback.

The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.

Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.

The key to success is to learn to do something right and then do it right every time.

Great players and great teams want to be driven. They want to be pushed to the edge. They don’t want to be cheated. Ordinary players and average teams want it to be easy

The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish.

All of us have at least one great voice deep inside. People are products of their environment. A lucky few are born into situations in which positive messages abound. Others grow up hearing messages of fear and failure, which they must block out so the positive can be heard. But the positive and courageous voice will always emerge, somewhere, sometime, for all of us. Listen for it, and your breakthroughs will come.

Don’t let other people tell you what you want.

Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams.

In every adversity, there is a seed of equivalent benefit.

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

The changes in your life aren’t always what you hoped for. But they usually help you grow.

In every contest, there comes a moment that separates winning from losing. The true warrior understands and seizes that moment.

If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.

Am I a control freak? No. Do I believe in organization? You bet. In discipline? In being on time and making sure everything at the hotel is ready and right? Definitely. I don’t control players. I try to control the environment around the players so they can flourish.

Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.

Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn’t management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team’s mission.

Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.

There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!