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3 Key Traits of Good Character

3 Key Traits of Good Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” This was one of Coach Wooden’s favorite quotes, one of many he used and applied from or about his favorite American, Abraham Lincoln. Coach Wooden began studying Lincoln...
How Consideration for Others Influences Your Happiness

How Consideration for Others Influences Your Happiness

“The happiest moments in life come from making someone else happy.” –John Wooden This quote reflects a key idea Coach Wooden was constantly trying to share: help others, a lesson he was taught by his father through example and his Seven-Point Creed. In fact, many of...
Why Attention to Detail Is Important in Leadership

Why Attention to Detail Is Important in Leadership

It is the little details that make things work. This was one of Coach Wooden’s favorite ideas and a theme that is consistent with successful performers across many different industries, from sports to art to business. As Coach liked to say, “Develop a love of details....
The Keys to Learning Every Day

The Keys to Learning Every Day

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Mahatma Gandhi This was one of Coach Wooden’s favorite quotes, and it reflected the way he approached life. In his book Wooden on Leadership with Steve Jamison, Coach explained the first...
6 Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

6 Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

The seventh point in the Seven-Point Creed Coach Wooden’s father gave him said: Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. In his book Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court with Steve Jamison, he summed it up this...
The 3 Parts of Levelheaded Self-Evaluation

The 3 Parts of Levelheaded Self-Evaluation

When Coach Wooden was asked if he thought he had lived up to the “Seven-Point Creed” his father had given him, he would often reply that he is more like the person who said: I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am...
How You Can Influence the Future

How You Can Influence the Future

“Earn the right to be proud and confident.”–John Wooden Coach Wooden’s teams won 10 national championships in his last 12 years of coaching. This was accomplished with essentially five different groups of players. A key element in Coach Wooden’s consistency was to...
Why Complacency and Success Cannot Coexist

Why Complacency and Success Cannot Coexist

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” –John Wooden This popular quote from Coach Wooden summarized the key component of his continuous success. He commented on the idea in an interview in 2005: Some people change when they acquire...
The Purpose of Discipline

The Purpose of Discipline

You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, to improve—not to punish. Coach Wooden felt strongly that discipline was essential for any group, whether it was a business, family or sports team, to be successful. In his book Wooden with Steve...
The Value of Self-Analysis: Self-Improvement

The Value of Self-Analysis: Self-Improvement

There is value in self-analysis: self-improvement. Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, was quoted as saying: “He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.”  “He who knows others is wise. He who...