|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6||Issue 282|
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JUST BEING TRUE TO OUR SELF DOESN'T MAKE US A PERSON OF INTEGRITY
This cautionary idea from Coach Wooden is a great piece of advice. It balances the importance of having a strong, unflinching purpose (true to yourself) while making sure that the purpose is a good one (integrity).
The word integrity means: adherence to moral principles; honesty; the quality of being unimpaired; soundness; unity; wholeness. It comes from the Latin word integritas which means: complete; perfect.
In his book, The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership, with Steve Jamison, Coach asks a fundamental question:
A robber may believe it is right to rob; a politician may believe it is right to accept favors for influence; a man may believe the end justifies the means; all tyrants believe they are right. What is right? This question is one you must ask and answer.
To what should you be true?
For John Wooden, the answer was simple: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Coach most admired people who regarded others as more important than themselves.
In his book Coach Wooden‘s Pyramid of Success, with Jay Carty, Coach Wooden said: I wanted my players to become men of integrity. When we have integrity, we are not going to do anything that will be demeaning to anybody else, either on or off the court.
Coach put it this way: "Never let ambition cause you to sacrifice your integrity. At the same time, you'll never reach a serious goal unless you have the intention to do so."
Warren Buffett gave great advice on this topic with regards to hiring people: "Integrity, intelligence and energy: hire someone without the first and the other two will kill you."
For Coach Wooden, everything must be balanced:
Be strong willed but considerate. Be consistent but open minded. Be quick but not in a hurry. Be direct but be diplomatic. Be competitve but be courteous. Have a strong desire to win but don’t be dejected if you lose. Be aggressive but under control. Be passionate but be loving.
Does your personal philosophy of being true to yourself always include helping others?
Yours in Coaching,
The Thousandth Man
One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
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