|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 576|
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MY FAVORITE DYNAMIC DUO: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND JOHN WOODEN: "SERVICE OR SELF" (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART THIRTY-NINE)
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 30 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What is your advice on managing expectations?"
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Booker T. Washington made the importance of "Service" clear to his students:
"The word "service" has too often been misunderstood, and on this account, it has in too many cases carried with it a meaning which indicates degradation. Every individual serves another in some capacity, or should do so. Christ said that the person who would become the greatest of all must become the servant of all; that is, He meant that in proportion as one renders service that person becomes great.
In one way or another, every individual who amounts to anything is a servant. The man or the woman who is not a servant is one who accomplishes nothing."
After games, Coach Wooden and his basketball teams always cleaned up their locker room and left it nicer than the way they found it. This was not viewed as a degrading task. This was a way to be of service to the custodial crew.
Chris Wright from ESPN described how Japanese Soccer fans took "Service" to a new level:
"Japan supporters celebrated a shock 2-1 victory over Germany in their opening 2022 World Cup game by reprising a wonderful post-match tradition that has now been practiced at several major tournaments.
Having just watched their side come from a goal down to overturn the former champions, the Samurai Blue fans stayed behind in the stands at the Khalifa International Stadium -- not to revel in the result but to make sure they left the place in precisely the state they found it.
Hundreds of blue refuse sacks were handed out by Japan supporters during the match and sure enough, the vast contingent used them to tidy up and collect any litter that had been left under the seats."
Are you a person of service or self?
Yours in Coaching,
The Kick Under The Table
After a man has been married awhile,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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