|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6
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ABILITY IS A POOR MAN'S WEALTH
This favorite quote of Coach Wooden’s reflects his belief that it is not material possessions that are our greatest wealth.
In his book My Personal Best, with Steve Jamison, Coach Wooden describes the home he grew up in as:
A white farmhouse with a sparse living room and kitchen – a black potbelly stove in the former and a wood burning stove for cooking in the latter. There were two small bedrooms for the six of us; my brothers and I slept two to a bed. Near our old barn was a smokehouse for curing meat, and next to that, a well where we pumped our water by hand. Over to the side, all by itself, was the outhouse….We had no electricity, plumbing or conveniences. For my brothers and me, growing up on that little farm in Centerton was almost perfect.
On this farm, John Wooden began to develop his greatest wealth: his own ability.
We can either help or hinder those we love or supervise develop their own ability. Abraham Lincoln provided great advice in this regard with his admonition: "The worst thing you can do for those you love are the things they can and should do for themselves."
When we do things for the people we love that they should be doing for themselves we prevent them from developing their own ability.
The helicopter parent who soars in to the rescue every time their child makes a mistake or has a problem, is stopping the child from developing their own ability.
World famous motivator and entrepreneur Zig Ziglar, whose father died when he was 5, was the 10th of 12 children and was selling peanuts on the street at 6 years old on the streets of Yazoo City, Mississippi, in the heart of the Depression. He had a favorite quote that motivated him: "God don’t make no junk."
All of us have ability in some area. Find yours and develop it.
There are only two requirements: you must like what you're doing and work hard at it. This wealth (your ability) is waiting for you. It is a wealth that no one can take away.
Yours in Coaching,
The Ladder of St. Augustine
Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,
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