13 Mike Krzyzewski Motivational Quotes


Mike Krzyzewski (1947-)

Mike Krzyzewski, or Coach “K” as the world knows him, is the head basketball coach at Duke University. He has won more games than any coach in NCAA history.

His teams have claimed five NCAA National Championships, second only to the great John Wooden. He’s led his teams to seven additional Final Fours, 12 ACC regular season titles, and 14 ACC tournament championships. He’s led the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team to three Olympic gold medals. He is a member of both the Naismith Memorial College Basketball Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

He’s a sought-after speaker, teacher, and motivator to companies around the world. Here are some of Coach K’s best motivational quotes.

  1. Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.

  2. Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.

  3. When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles.

  4. The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.

  5. To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

  6. As a leader you can’t hold back. If you got something to say, you got to say it.

  7. We never use the word delegate.  We use the word empower.  Every job in your organization is important.

  8. You can see and you can listen, but you have to have those moments in which you feel.

  9. Courage and confidence are what decision-making is all about.

  10. Two are better than one if two act as one.

  11. Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.

  12. During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.

  13. Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.