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‘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...
The Best Way to Use Your Time

The Best Way to Use Your Time

Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others. Time is precious. Time is limited. Time that is used in a negative manner is now not available to do something positive. Coach Wooden often mentioned he never heard...