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Physical Strength vs. Spiritual Strength

Physical Strength vs. Spiritual Strength

“Physical strength is measured by what one can carry; spiritual strength by what one can bear.” This famous quote was a favorite of Coach Wooden’s. It reflects what he learned from his father: the importance of spiritual strength. The sixth item in the Seven-Point...
The Simple Truth of Serving Others

The Simple Truth of Serving Others

Forget the favors you have given; remember those received. This proverb was a favorite of Coach Wooden’s. It reminded him of two valuable lessons he had learned from his father’s Seven-Point Creed: Help others and give thanks for your blessings each day. The many...
The Key to Peak Performance: Attention to Detail

The Key to Peak Performance: Attention to Detail

“Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.” –John Wooden This quote defines what Coach Wooden thought the key to peak performance was: a lot of little things done well. In the book Wooden on Leadership, Denny Crum, former Louisville...
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...