This week’s tip is from long time Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summit, who died a few days ago. Summit won 8 NCAA Championships and 1,098 games over 38 season at Tennessee.

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I found so many great quotes from Coach Summitt that I couldn’t narrow down my selection to just one, so I am using two quotes that both speak to the same issue.

“Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?”

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.”

Boy do I wish I’d heard these quotes when I was 18! There have been plenty of times in my life when I thought I knew it all and found out I knew nothing. And there have been plenty of times when I dug my heels in and refused to admit I’d made a mistake. One of my favorite authors, Steve Chandler, says he loves to be shown he’s wrong because it’s in that moment when he learns something new.

Our egos are the greatest impediment to learning and growth. Our egos don’t want to admit we’re wrong and don’t want to admit we didn’t know something. Coaches have to be able to coach, they have to able to teach. If players aren’t humble enough to receive correction, learn something new, and admit their mistakes, then they’re not learning… and likewise, coaches aren’t coaching & teaching, they’re just talking.

When we give our minds over the Lord Jesus Christ then we can be truly humble… then we can really start learning.

I added the photo below because I find it so poignant since both Coach Summitt and young Lauren Hill are no longer with us physically, but I think their legacies and inspiration will continue to have an impact for many years.

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Lauren Hill of Mount St. Joseph shares a hug with Pat Summitt during a halftime awards ceremony during the game against Hiram at Cintas Center on November 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hill, a freshman, has terminal cancer and this game was granted a special waiver by the NCAA to start the season early so she could play in a game. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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