|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6
|Craig Impelman Speaking | Championship Coaches | Champion's Leadership Library Login
KINDNESS IS A LANGUAGE WHICH THE BLIND CAN SEE AND THE DEAF CAN HEAR
This Mark Twain quote was a favorite of Coach Wooden’s. It was on one of his favorite topics: kindness. Coach Wooden collected quotes he found helpful and shared them. Here are a few others he chose on the subject of kindness:
The happiest moments in life come from making someone else happy.
Be more concerned with loving than being loved, giving than receiving, being a friend than having a friend.
You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone without a thought of repayment.
We can do more good by being good than any other way.
In 1958, long before Coach Wooden had won any national championships or become famous, he shared this message with a group of students he spoke to at UCLA:
"My father gave me a quotation which I have carried on the back of this card listing the Adopted Creed. The quotation says: Four things a man must learn to do If he would make his life more true: To think without confusion clearly, To love his fellow-man sincerely, To act from honest motives purely, To trust in God and Heaven securely.
If all of us could mold our lives after this quotation and the mentioned creed, think what the world would be! Are you familiar with the poem by Leigh Hunt, Abou Ben Adhem? He was blessed with the love of God because he loved his fellow man. Isn’t that what any of us really need to do, have a genuine love for our fellow man?
Too many of us are concerned with building a reputation or obtaining material possessions. We should be interested in building character within ourselves. Your reputation is merely what others consider you to be, but your character is what you know yourself to be. Material possessions can’t bring contentment, peace of mind, happiness or true success."
In 1983,twenty five years and Ten National Championships later, Coach Wooden wrote a magazine article for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes publication Sharing The Victory entitled My First Seven Points, which described the card his father had given him upon graduation from grade school with seven points on it. In the article he described his father’s third point this way:
"3. Help Others. Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." We say the words but so many times don’t really believe them. They’re still true. You can never acquire happiness, freedom and peace without giving of yourself to someone else."
Fame and fortune did not change Coach Wooden’s message or his thinking. He simply wanted to be a person who was considerate of others. He was more interested in being a good person than a good coach.
What are you most interested in?
Yours in Coaching,
The Choir Invisible
Oh, may I join the choir invisible
For more information visit www.woodenswisdom.com
Email a Friend
Return to Issue List