Tribute To Pat Summitt, A Role Model For Everyone

Pat Summitt

Photo- Patrick Murphy-Racey

Today, not only did the sports world lose a legend, but the world did. Pat Summitt, who was the Women’s Basketball Coach for the University of Tennessee for 38 years, passed away from Alzheimer’s. She was only 64 years old. Her basketball resume is incredible. She won 1098 games and eight NCAA national championships. She also had a 100% graduation rate which is impressive in itself. She is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history for both men’s and women’s Division I teams. Pat was also the co-captain of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team and earned a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. As head coach, she led the 1984 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team to a gold medal in Los Angeles.

Pat Summitt has a lot of accolades, but that is not what I want to focus on here. Not only did she changed the game of basketball for women, but she truly touched the lives of her players. The current head coach of Tennessee’s team, Holly Warlick, is her former player and was her assistant coach for many years. Many of her former players play in the WNBA, are former WNBA players, Olympians or play overseas. This week, many of them came back to Tennessee to say goodbye. This lets me know that she was much more than a coach to them. Many of her players have said that she was instrumental in shaping the women they are today.

Pat Summitt had set of rules to live by called the Definite Dozen.

Pat Summitt Definite Dozen

  1. Respect Yourself and Others

  2. Take Full Responsibility

  3. Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty

  4. Learn to Be a Great Communicator

  5. Discipline Yourself So No One Else Has To

  6. Make Hard Work Your Passion

  7. Don’t Just Work Hard, Work Smart

  8. Put the Team Before Yourself

  9. Make Winning an Attitude

  10. Be a Competitor

  11. Change Is a Must

  12. Handle Success Like You Handle Failure

These rules are rules that do not just pertain to basketball. They pertain to life. What if we all lived by these rules and conducted our businesses with these rules in mind? What a better place the world would be. When I think about the trailblazer that Pat Summitt was and the hard work and dedication that she had, I know that I can do better.

I can be a better role model for the younger generation as well as people just starting out in their online marketing or ecommerce businesses. I can live by her Definite Dozens and operate my business by these principles as well.  What will people say about you when you die? Will they say that you had a lot of money and a very successful business? Or will they say those things as an afterthought and instead highlight the great influential person you were. Rest In Peace Pat Summitt.


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