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‘Give Thanks for Your Blessings’

‘Give Thanks for Your Blessings’

A good memory is one that can remember the day’s blessings and forget the day’s troubles. This Irish blessing was a favorite of John Wooden’s. It supports and is a good reminder of the seventh item in his father Joshua Wooden’s Seven-Point Creed: “Give thanks for your...
Do You Treat People With Dignity and Respect?

Do You Treat People With Dignity and Respect?

You meet the same people on the way up as you meet on the way down. The origin of this favorite quote of Coach Wooden’s is attributed to playwright Wilson Mizner, who in 1932 gave the following advice to a young up and coming motion picture star: “Be kind to everyone...
The Most Important Quality a Leader Can Have

The Most Important Quality a Leader Can Have

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” Coach Wooden’s message to the players at the beginning of each UCLA season was as follows: I will not like you all the same, but I will love you all the same. Furthermore, I will try very hard not to...
Why Conquering Yourself Is Key to Succeeding

Why Conquering Yourself Is Key to Succeeding

The greatest conquest of man is the conquering of himself. “Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one—himself. Better to conquer yourself than others.” –Buddha Sometimes when we are not getting the...
How to Be Good and Have a Positive Influence on Others

How to Be Good and Have a Positive Influence on Others

We can do more good by being good than any other way. This favorite idea of Coach Wooden’s on its surface may seem to present a difficult challenge: How can we on a daily basis live a life that represents being good and thus have a positive influence on others? In his...
The 8 Most Common Regrets People Have

The 8 Most Common Regrets People Have

The future may be when you wish you had done what you are not doing now. This favorite idea of Coach Wooden’s is designed to cause us to think about how we are approaching our lives on a daily basis. There have been many articles written where older people are...
Patience Is Key to Achieving Worthwhile Goals

Patience Is Key to Achieving Worthwhile Goals

“Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.” –John Wooden In July of 2009 Sporting News unveiled a list of sports’ 50 greatest coaches of all time, as selected by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts. John...
How to Treat Others With Respect

How to Treat Others With Respect

“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” –John Wooden This summarizes the way Coach Wooden believed we should all treat each other. Acting in this manner requires many great character traits. One of...