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Issue 130 - Try to Help Others Every Day and Don't Be Concerned About Who Helps You

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 3 Issue 130
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This favorite quote of Coach Wooden's reflects the attitude he used to approach every day of his life.
Perhaps the surprise result of giving without expectation Coach Wooden was suggesting is best reflected in the following story.
Motivational author Tony Robbins did a series of power talks in which he interviewed many famous people.
When he interviewed Coach Wooden he asked: Coach I have met and interviewed many famous and rich people but some of them do not seem to be very happy. What advice would you give them?
Coach replied: They should find somebody they can help.
The fundamental truth that there is great joy in giving without expectation is aptly reflected by two other quotes Coach liked to refer to:
There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things man craves the most in life - happiness, freedom, and peace of mind - are always attained by giving them to someone else. (Peyton Conway)
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
As a practical matter, these key ideas in today's network driven, social environment are even more important.
I Googled character traits of a great networker and reviewed the results on four different websites from which I got the following four results:
  1. Be generous… and have a giving spirit. Don’t think ‘what’s in it for me’ but rather ‘what’s in it for you?’
  2. Give good referrals without expectation.
  3. Have a sincere desire to help others
  4. Always be prepared to help others regardless of who they are.
Gwen Cooper adopted an abandoned, three week old eyeless kitten whom she named Homer, although she already had two cats.
She was surprised when Homer chased off an armed intruder who had broken into her apartment, while she was fumbling with the phone trying to call 911.
Ms. Cooper was even more surprised when her book Homer’s Odyssey became a New York Times bestseller in 2009 and changed her life in other ways.
The joys and surprises of giving without expectation extend beyond people.
They are, as Peyton Conway stated: a wonderful, mystical law of nature.
Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman
Twitter: @woodenswisdom




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Application Exercise

Favorite Poetry


Crossing the Bar


Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Alfred Lord Tennyson 





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