John Wooden has passed, just a few months short
of his 100th birthday~
of his 100th birthday~
John Wooden was of-course a famed basketball player and coach, as well as motivational expert. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. And John Wooden's ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.
John Wooden is revered for his Pyramid of Success- many that played under him utilized these guidelines to achieve great success and happiness in life, as have millions outside of basketball... therefore he was considered a "life coach" as well, as his wisdom had wide applicability. I myself am a huge fan of John Wooden and his Pyramid of Success- I even went out and bought his official Beta shoes when I was 16, ha- the instructors at Ohio State basketball camp had taught me a bit about the Wooden way...
Industriousness “There is no substitute for hard work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”
Enthusiasm “Enthusiasm brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact. You must truly enjoy what you are doing.”
Friendship “Friendship comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Like marriage, it must not be taken for granted but requires a joint effort.”
Cooperation “Cooperate with all levels of your co-workers. Listen if you want to be heard. Be interested in finding the best way, not in having your way.”
Loyalty “Loyalty to yourself and to all those depending upon you. Keep your self-respect.”
Self-Control “Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.”
Alertness “Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.”
Initiative “Cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it.”
Intentness “Set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent.”
Condition “Mental-Moral-Physical. Rest, exercise and diet must be considered. Moderation must be practiced. Dissipation must be eliminated.”
Skill “A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.”
Team Spirit “A genuine consideration for others. An eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of all.”
Poise “Just being yourself. Being at ease in any situation. Never fighting yourself.”
Confidence: “Respect without fear. May come from being prepared and keeping all things in proper perspective.”
Competitive Greatness: — “Be at your best when your best is needed. Enjoyment of a difficult challenge."
(October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010)