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The Worst Thing About New Books

The Worst Thing About New Books

“The worst thing about new books is they keep us from reading the old ones.” –Joseph Joubert   Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) was a French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Pensées (thoughts). Coach Wooden had a fantastic home library with...
Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” This famous quote from Abraham Lincoln was a favorite of Coach John Wooden’s. It brings to mind the idea of doing the right thing, no matter...
The Truly Great Competitor

The Truly Great Competitor

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” This quote of Coach John Wooden’s summarized an important idea that he felt was critical for any individual involved in a group activity to recognize. In a 2005 radio interview, Coach Wooden was asked two very...
The Importance of Having Humility

The Importance of Having Humility

“Talent is God given, be humble; fame is man-given, be thankful; conceit is self-given, be careful.” This famous quote by John Wooden reflected his attitude on how to approach life and leadership. The first part of this quote—talent is God given, be humble—emphasized...
‘Respect Every Opponent, but Fear None’

‘Respect Every Opponent, but Fear None’

“Respect every opponent, but fear none.” This quote by John Wooden reflects his definition of confidence: “Respect without fear may come from being prepared and keeping all things in proper perspective.” The details of Coach Wooden’s approach to competition are worth...
Why Leaders Must Give of Themselves

Why Leaders Must Give of Themselves

“Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.” This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson was a favorite of Coach John Wooden’s, as the idea is central to successful leadership. The three key components of a good...
The ‘Working With You, Not for You’ Principle

The ‘Working With You, Not for You’ Principle

At the very first John R. Wooden Course, a young man posed this question: “Coach Wooden, next week I will be starting my first job as a manager. What advice can you give me?” Coach Wooden replied, “Make sure the people in your department know that they’re working with...
Why You Should Embrace the Hustle

Why You Should Embrace the Hustle

One of the dictionary definitions of hustle is “to play a game or sport in an alert aggressive manner.” It comes from the Dutch word husselen, which means to shake. And it’s true, that when somebody plays in an alert, aggressive manner, they usually shake things up....
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...