|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11||Issue 554|
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MY FAVORITE DYNAMIC DUO: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND JOHN WOODEN: "LEADERS ARE READERS." (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART THIRTY FOUR)
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 16 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What is the essence of be quick but don’t hurry?" Great clip!!
As a result of their reading habits, Abraham Lincoln became a mentor to Booker T. Washington and John Wooden.
Coach’s love of reading was instilled in him as a child by his father, who would read the Scriptures and poetry to his children each evening. Over his lifetime, Coach read countless books, including more than forty books each about his favorite historical figures, Mother Theresa, and Abraham Lincoln. The following is a list of ideas Coach learned from President Lincoln that he applied in his Leadership Philosophy:
"The worst thing you can do for those you love is to do the things they could and should do for themselves."
"It is better to trust and occasionally be disappointed than to mistrust and be miserable all the time."
"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come."
"I never met a person from whom I did not learn something; of course, most of the time it was something not to do."
"The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
"People are usually as happy as they make up their mind to be."
"If we magnified our blessings the way we magnify our disappointments, we'd all be a lot happier."
"There is nothing stronger than gentleness."
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
"You destroy an enemy when you make a friend of him."
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Booker T. Washington made the importance of reading clear to his students:
"You should develop the habit of reading. Any individual who has learned to love good books, to love the best newspapers, the best magazines, and has learned to spend some portion of the day in communication with them, is a happy individual. You should get yourselves to the point where you will not be happy unless you spend a part of each day in this way."
The core leadership values of Booker T. Washington and John Wooden were a direct result, in part, of their reading about Abraham Lincoln. The reading only had value because they applied the lessons directly to their daily behavior. They closed the gap between knowing and doing.
What are you reading every day? How are you applying it to your constantly improving behavior?
Yours in Coaching,
Sue’s Got A Baby
Sue's got a baby now, an' she
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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