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Issue 78 - You'll Never Know a Thing That You Didn't Learn From Someone Else

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 2 Issue 78
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This quote is one that John Wooden heard from his father on many occasions. The idea became a core fundamental in his approach to life.
Coach Wooden had three characteristics which are found in many great leaders: great listening skills, an open mind and a constant desire to improve.
Coach had a file entitled “Miscellaneous Quotes To Think About”. These were quotes that he either collected or originated. There were 110 quotes in the list. When I received this file I was surprised at the wide range of people Coach Wooden learned from.
I was not surprised to find Abraham Lincoln and Mother Theresa quoted. It was the wide range of the other contributors from Lao Tse, a Chinese philosopher from 400 BC, to Dwight Morrow, an American businessman and politician from the early 1900s that amazed me.
Coach Wooden's quest for knowledge did not reflect any limitations of culture or age.
The following is a list of some of the quotes Coach Wooden collected from others:
You destroy an enemy when you make a friend of him. - Abraham Lincoln
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Viktor E. Frankl
He who is really kind can never be unhappy; He who is really wise can never be confused; He who is really brave is never afraid. - Confucius
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Kindness in words creates confidence, Kindness in thinking creates profoundness, Kindness in giving creates love. -  Lao-Tse
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – St. Francis of Assisi
Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. - Winston Churchill
There are no hopeless situations, there are only hopeless men. -  Dwight Morrow
Learn as if you were going to live forever, live as if you were to die tomorrow. - Gandhi
A life not lived for others is not a life. -  Mother Theresa
My hope is that you will begin to collect and even originate your own list, with no limitation on your sources.
Brainy Quote is a website where you can search famous quotes by author or topic. A great way to start would be to search some of the authors listed above or a topic you are interested in. You will be inspired by the great wisdom you find.
As Coach liked to say:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; shallow minds discuss people.
Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman
Twitter: @woodenswisdom



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Favorite Poetry

 What Man May Learn, What Man May Do


What man may learn, what man may do,
Of right or wrong of false or true,
While, skipper-like, his course he steers
Through nine and twenty mingled years,
Half misconceived and half forgot,
So much I know and practice not.

Old are the words of wisdom, old
The counsels of the wise and bold:
To close the ears, to check the tongue,
To keep the pining spirit young;
To act the right, to say the true,
And to be kind whate'er you do.

Thus we across the modern stage
Follow the wise of every age;
And, as oaks grow and rivers run
Unchanged in the unchanging sun,
So the eternal march of man
Goes forth on an eternal plan.

Robert Louis Stevenson










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