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A collection of quotes by Phil Jackson on teamwork, success, life, hope, basketball, game, business, play, sports, win, lose, mind and leadership.

15 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Phil Jackson On Success, Leadership And Life

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Phil Jackson is an American former basketball coach known to hold the highest winning percentage as a coach. He was brought up in an environment where any type of entertainment like television was prohibited and sports was the only choice. Basketball was the sport that fascinated him and soon he started playing for the ‘New York Knicks’ where he eventually became one of the leading substitutes. He was a hard-working player with great intellect about the game but was not lucky enough to become a star player. After retiring from the game he turned towards coaching and started as an assistant coach for the ‘New Jersey Nets Team’. He further served as an assistant for the ‘Chicago Bulls’ where his command on the game eventually made him the head coach. He soon became popular for his innovative strategies and integrated approach to coaching. His leadership skills helped various players acknowledge their talent and this helped his team win six championships. He went on to serve as a coach for various other teams and became the reason of their success. He was honored with the ‘NBA Coach of the Year Award’ and ‘Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award’. We bring to you a compilation of quotations and sayings by the amazing basketball coach which have been excerpted from his work, interviews, writings and life. Presenting a collection of thoughts and quotes by Phil Jackson that will surely motivate you to strive hard to achieve your dreams.

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

- Phil Jackson

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

- Phil Jackson

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.

- Phil Jackson

The bigger your head, the easier to fill your shoes.

- Phil Jackson

The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. The ride is a lot more fun that way.

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

When the mind is allowed to relax, inspiration often follows.

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. JAPANESE PROVERB

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world. MIYAMOTO MUSASHI

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

The unconscious mind is a terrific solver of complex problems when the conscious mind is busy elsewhere or, perhaps better yet, not overtaxed at all.

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile. INDIAN PROVERB (PUNJABI)

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

The way you do anything is the way you do everything. TOM WAITS

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. THICH NHAT HANH

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy. STEVE JOBS

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

Edwin Markham’s “Outwitted”: He drew the circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in!

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. JOSEPH CAMPBELL

- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson