|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11||Issue 551|
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"REMEMBERING COACH WOODEN"
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 20 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Is there anything in your coaching career you would do over?"
Coach Wooden passed away June 4, 2010. Coach Wooden’s life was a masterpiece. At Coach’s memorial service Dick Enberg, who broadcast UCLA games in the championship years, said of Coach: "His greatness was only exceeded by his goodness."
On this twelfth anniversary of his passing, I would like to share some of his lessons in a hope that you apply them to yourself and share them with others (particularly our youth). This is the list of twenty ideas we taught at our summer basketball camps which Coach Wooden taught at for thirty-five years. His last appearance was when he was 98 years young.
LOVE:"The most important word in the dictionary is LOVE."
"There is nothing more powerful than gentleness."
"A person can make mistakes, but they are not a failure until they blame others."
BALANCE:"Don’t try to be better than someone else – be the best you can be."
SELF-CONTROL"Don’t worry about things over which you have no control."
"Don’t Whine, Don’t Complain, Don’t Make Excuses"
"Discipline yourself and others won’t need to."
"Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you don’t have time to criticize others."
"Be more concerned with character than reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is what others think you are."
"People are usually about as happy as they make up their mind to be."
"Make each day your masterpiece."
"Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today."
"Things usually turn out the best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out."
TEAM SPIRIT"It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one is concerned with who gets the credit."
"Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own."
"Happiness begins where selfishness ends."
SKILL"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
"Don’t mistake activity for achievement."
"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you find time to do it over?"
FOR COACHES"The purpose of discipline is to teach."
The challenge is not to like the quotes or memorize them. The challenge is to have your everyday behaviors, and those of others, reflect these ideas. We must close the gap between knowing and doing. These ideas don’t just reflect the way John Wooden wrote. They reflect the way he lived. The example he set is why: "His greatness was only exceeded by his goodness."
What example are you setting?
Yours in Coaching,
When Mother Cooked With Wood
I do not quarrel with the gas,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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