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The Pursuit of Wisdom

The Pursuit of Wisdom

Wisdom, like the wind, blows on unused, except for those who know the art of sailing. This reflects advice John Wooden received from his father, Joshua: You’ll never know a thing you didn’t learn from someone else. Coach Wooden received much wisdom from...
The Best Way to Use Your Time

The Best Way to Use Your Time

Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others. Time is precious. Time is limited. Time that is used in a negative manner is now not available to do something positive. Coach Wooden often mentioned he never heard...
Why You Should Always Look for the Best in People

Why You Should Always Look for the Best in People

The time to make friends is before you need them. This quote reflects the way Coach Wooden lived. His father, Joshua Wooden, gave him many key pieces of advice, such as help others and make friendship a fine art, which he followed on a daily basis. Coach always looked...
How to Deal With Criticism

How to Deal With Criticism

If you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing. (Part 2) Coach Wooden believed in this clear message, the same idea other great philosophers also expressed: “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am...
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Criticism

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Criticism

If you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing. Coach taught his players how to deal with criticism by breaking it down into two types: criticism they would receive from him and the coaching staff, and criticism they would receive from sources outside of...
The Second Most Important Thing Is Balance

The Second Most Important Thing Is Balance

Coach Wooden thought the most important word in our language was love, and the second most important was balance: We must keep things in perspective. Balance is keeping things in perspective. Don’t get carried away if things are going too well or too poorly. Don’t get...
The Most Important Thing Is Love

The Most Important Thing Is Love

Love as an action has many dimensions. One is being nice to people even if they are not being nice to you. This sentence is a summary of Coach John Wooden’s philosophy and how he lived his life. The most important thing I learned from his example was to respond with...
How to Discipline

How to Discipline

@evergreen_souls via Twenty20 These quotes are the foundation of Coach John Wooden’s approach to discipline: Discipline must be done with reason to be effective. If we lose reason in our discipline, it will not be effective. You cannot antagonize and be a positive...
3 Rules for Gaining Loyalty Through Respect

3 Rules for Gaining Loyalty Through Respect

Loyalty, like respect, must be given before you get it. This idea was a basic principle that shaped the coaching and leadership style of Coach John Wooden. He summed it up this way: The best leaders are usually humble leaders because they gain loyalty through respect...