There is nothing I can write that would be worthy of Coach John Wooden. His achievements are quite literally and justifiably the stuff of legend. What I will say is that if you have not done so, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the man. There is no shortage of information out there. Unfortunately there is more now than ever before…may he rest in peace.
I had heard the stories as a kid – he was retired by the time I was old enough to become really aware of things. However, he was just one of those people you always would hear about – the championships, the winning streaks, the UCLA Basketball machine, the great players, the quotes, The Pyramid of Success. The clean living example; the man of great wisdom. However I never really knew just how much there was until I was fortunate enough several years ago to finally pick up the book They Call Me Coach. Take the time – it is just one of those reads that will hit home on so many levels.
Lastly, thank you to ESPN.com for compiling some of the better “Woodenisms”. Here are just a few – take some time and read more of the man – you will be better for it.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
“Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.”
“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
“I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”
“Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”