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Issue 552 - My Favorite Dynamic Duo: Booker T. Washington and John Wooden: "The Value of Time." (Booker T. Washington Part Thirty Two)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11 Issue 552
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Coach Wooden placed tremendous emphasis on the value of time. Several of his favorite quotes are directed at not wasting time:
"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail."
"If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
"Do not mistake activity for achievement."
"Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today."
"Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do."
"Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead."
"Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others."
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; shallow minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Coach summed it up this way: "Time lost is time lost. It’s gone forever. Some people tell themselves that they will work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for what they did not do today. People should always do their best. If they can work twice as hard tomorrow, then they should have also worked twice as hard today. Catching up leaves no room for them to do their best tomorrow. People with the philosophy of putting off and then working twice as hard cheat themselves."
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Booker T. Washington made the Value of Time clear to his students:
"One of the things I want you to get out of this year is the ability to put a proper value upon time. If there is any one lesson that we need to have impressed more thoroughly and more constantly than any other, it is that each minute of our lives is of supreme value, and that we are committing a sin when we allow a single minute to go to waste. Remember that every five minutes of time you are spending at this institution is worth so much money to you. Many people after they have arrived at the ages of sixty, seventy, or eighty years, look back with regret and say, "I wish I could live the years over again." But they cannot. Now your lives are yet before you, not, as in the case of these people, behind you. Your lives are yet to be lived, and they will be made successful lives just in proportion as you learn to place a value upon the minutes. Be sure that none of your time is thrown away."
How do you spend your time?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise




When he has more than he can eat
To feed a stranger's not a feat.

When he has more than he can spend
It isn't hard to give or lend.

Who gives but what he'll never miss
Will never know what giving is.

He'll win few praises from his Lord
Who does but what he can afford.

The widow's mite to heaven went
Because real sacrifice it meant.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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