|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 4||Issue 197|
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NO HUMAN LIFE IS EVER REALLY FINISHED AS LONG AS THERE IS SOMEONE TO REMEMBER IT
In his book A Game Plan for Life, with Don Yeager, Coach Wooden describes the seven people who had the biggest influence on him. Included in this list are two famous historical figures, Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln. At the top of his list, however, was his father, Joshua, a masseuse at a hot springs spa in Martinsville, Indiana.
When I teach the John R. Wooden Course, I usually start with a discussion in which each individual describes a person in their life who has had the biggest influence on them, and what they learned from that person.
Often, the person they talk about is deceased. The deceased person they describe might be a grandmother, a grandfather, a parent or a friend. Although that person is no longer present physically, their spirit and influence lives on.
The next question we discuss is a bit more difficult. I ask the participants to describe a person they are having an influence on or mentoring, and what is that person learning from them?
These are two great questions to ask yourself.
Coach Wooden positively affected the lives of millions of people. Over the course of his lifetime, Coach sent out more than 75,000 Pyramids of Success, just responding to requests he received personally.
His influence started with just one person: his father.
I believe all of us have the opportunity to have a significant, positive influence on at least one person in our lifetime.
It’s an opportunity we don’t want to miss out on.
Yours in Coaching,
Letter to a Young Friend
To catch Dame Fortune’s golden smile.
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