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BIG THINGS ARE ACCOMPLISHED ONLY THROUGH THE PERFECTION OF MINOR DETAILS
This favorite quote of Coach Wooden defines what Coach thought was the key to peak performance. Pat Williams wrote a book called Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret: The Power of a Lot of Little Things Done Well.
In the book Wooden on Leadership, former Louisville Head Coach and John Wooden Assistant Coach and player Denny Crum, described his mentor this way:
Coach Wooden’s teaching was effective because he was so well organized with his details. Everything was written out on 3 × 5 cards and in notebooks: What was happening from 3:07 to 3:11; what we’d do from 3:11 to 3:17; who was doing what and when.
Nothing was left to chance, every minute was accounted for—every single minute. And he was extremely disciplined in keeping to the schedule. He taught details.
That attention to detail was in everything he did—the way he planned practice, ran practice, evaluated practice and games. It applied to details of travel, equipment and food. Absolutely everything that could affect performance was taken care of.
Here are just a few examples of Coach Wooden's practice details:
Putting together some key Coach Wooden ideas would provide the following advice:
Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning. Remember that failure to prepare is preparing to fail. When you are doing your work, take special care to not mistake activity for achievement. If you feel a little rushed, be quick but don’t hurry. If you are tempted to take a shortcut, ask yourself if you don't have the time to do right when will you have time to do it over?
Yours in Coaching,
HE SIMPLY WALKED THE WALK
I met a man the other day,
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