|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6||Issue 284|
|Craig Impelman Speaking | Championship Coaches | Champion's Leadership Library Login|
If you ever visited John Wooden you would find a calendar filled with engagements and daily visits from friends. He was always busy. I have never known anybody with so many friends. They were from all walks of life and many different backgrounds.
Coach was the happiest person I ever met. His life was filled with helping others and spending time with his friends. The two events were related. Certainly the fact that his life was filled with friendships was related to his celebrity, but it went a lot further than that. There are many old lonely celebrities. Coach was not one of them.
When it came to friendship, Coach Wooden followed his own advice:
"Work at it. Don’t take friendship for granted. If you do it may not last. And don’t just work at it from one side. Friendship comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Just as in a successful marriage, both sides must work at it."
"Once we have taken the steps towards friendship we must remain loyal to our friends, lest the friendship fall apart."
Here are four lessons I learned from Coach Wooden on keeping friends:
Dust off that address book and call a friend tonight; no agenda needed. As Coach liked to say: "To have a friend be a friend." Good luck with your To Who List!
Yours in Coaching,
Beautiful faces are they that wear
The Human Touch
’Tis the human touch
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