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The Importance of Constant Self-Improvement

The Importance of Constant Self-Improvement

Coach John Wooden challenged himself every day with constant self-improvement: Never be satisfied. Work constantly to improve. Perfection is a goal that can never be reached, but it must be the objective. The uphill climb is slow, but the downhill road is fast....
Why Creating Trust Is So Important

Why Creating Trust Is So Important

“If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.” –Abraham Lincoln This maxim was one of Coach John Wooden’s favorites, and it became a key principle that he used to define his approach to leadership and...
Do These 4 Things When You Make a Mistake

Do These 4 Things When You Make a Mistake

A mistake is valuable if you do four things with it: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it. This quote from Coach Wooden is one of my favorites because it summarizes and gives instruction to some of his key ideas regarding how to deal with mistakes: 1....
Happiness Is All About Perspective

Happiness Is All About Perspective

People are usually as happy as they make their minds up to be. This maxim, often referenced by famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, is a reminder that the attitude we assume when faced with disappointment is truly up to us. The influence of his father helped Coach...
Why You Can’t Live in the Past

Why You Can’t Live in the Past

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. This maxim represents the foundation of famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s approach as a teacher. He often reminded his players of this with his make each day your masterpiece approach and spoke poignantly on the...
Real Success Begins Where Selfishness Ends

Real Success Begins Where Selfishness Ends

Many of famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims reflected his keen appreciation of unselfishness: “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone without a thought of repayment.” “Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as...
Bad Times Can Make You Bitter or Better

Bad Times Can Make You Bitter or Better

The maxim, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” coincides with famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s philosophy for dealing with adversity. Related: How to Handle Adversity: Don’t Whine, Don’t Complain, Don’t Make Excuses. In his book The Pyramid of Success with...