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The Significance of Change and Progress

The Significance of Change and Progress

“All change may not be progress, but all progress is the result of change.” –John Wooden These timeless words of wisdom from Coach Wooden continue to become more and more important as technology improves our communication and the opportunities for change continue to...
What Is Right?

What Is Right?

“There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.” This French proverb was a favorite of Coach Wooden’s because it relates to a character trait he thought was essential: integrity. In his book Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life with...
Learn to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

Learn to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. This was a key idea Coach Wooden utilized in his personal and professional life. On a personal level, Coach felt disagreeing agreeably was an important part of his successful marriage. In his book A Lifetime of...
What Fairness Is and Isn’t

What Fairness Is and Isn’t

“Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn’t mean treating everyone alike.” –John Wooden This statement was a cornerstone of Coach Wooden’s leadership style. The idea was made clear in Coach’s annual preseason letter to the team. The...
Be Slow to Criticize and Quick to Commend

Be Slow to Criticize and Quick to Commend

“Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.” –John Wooden This bit of advice from Coach Wooden is reflective of his own coaching style. In 1975, two professors of psychology, Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore, attended 15 of Coach Wooden’s practices at UCLA and...
If You Are Through Learning, You Are Through

If You Are Through Learning, You Are Through

“If I am through learning, I am through.” –John Wooden This favorite quote of Coach Wooden’s reflected his dedication to being a lifelong learner. Coach was 98 when Alan Castel, a UCLA assistant professor of psychology, interviewed him about aging. “When asked about...
Make the Best of the Way Things Turn Out

Make the Best of the Way Things Turn Out

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” –John Wooden This quote of Coach Wooden’s is reflected in the lives of countless people with amazing stories. Here are just a few examples: Leonardo Del Vecchio was born to a poor...
Do It Right or Do It Over

Do It Right or Do It Over

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” –John Wooden As I sat down to begin writing this, I decided I would get myself a nice cold glass of pomegranate juice. Having removed the bottle from the refrigerator, I gave it a few good...
Is Your Way the Best Way?

Is Your Way the Best Way?

“Be most interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.” –John Wooden Coach Wooden believed a person would need a certain way of thinking if they wished to gain the cooperation of others in any endeavor. In his book with Steve Jamison, Wooden on...