He wasn’t a wizard. He wasn’t perfect. John Wooden was “The Indiana Rubber Man” who as a basketball player was known for his suicidal dives on the hardcourt. He was one of the greatest players of his time winning a high school state championship and a college national championship. John Wooden was named a collegiate All American three consecutive years, the first to ever do it. He was also the first to ever be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach. In 2006 Sporting News named him the greatest coach of all time in all of sports. As the UCLA men’s basketball coach he won an incredible 10 NCAA Championships in 12 years, coached 4 perfect seasons, and won 88 consecutive games.
There’s a lot to learn from John Wooden’s success which he defines as “peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” I just finished reading “Wooden. A Coach’s Life” by Seth Davis. In the book I learned many things. In his “Pyramid of Success” he illustrates the building blocks and principles to climb to the top. I admire John Wooden for being a teacher. As I was reading about his methods of coaching it reminded me a lot of myself. I am very detailed and many times obsessed with planning and doing things correctly. Wooden had a way with words. He said “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
I loved reading this book and just wanted to share it with you. More than a basketball player and coach, John Wooden was a great person. He said “what you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.” I’m far from perfect but will aspire to be the best that I possibly can be. Hopefully my example will have an influence on others and we can all climb the “Pyramid of Success” together!
With much respect,