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How to Deal With Adversity in a Positive Way

How to Deal With Adversity in a Positive Way

“Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” This favorite quote of Coach Wooden’s has been attributed to Samuel Johnson, a famous English author of the 18th century. The wonderful phrase...
Knowledge + Preparation + Attention to Detail = Skill

Knowledge + Preparation + Attention to Detail = Skill

Preparation and attention to detail that is not preceded by knowledge results in activity without achievement, not skill. As Coach liked to say, if you’re a great teacher and don’t have any knowledge, what are you going to teach? Knowledge is based on personal...
Effective Leadership Starts With Effective Listening

Effective Leadership Starts With Effective Listening

You must listen to others if you want others to listen to you. This idea reflects the way that Coach Wooden chose to interact with other people. He was an extraordinary listener, in part because he knew each time he listened he would learn something. A wise old owl...
The Best Way to Destroy an Enemy

The Best Way to Destroy an Enemy

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. This was a key idea of Abraham Lincoln’s that Coach Wooden mentioned often. In his book A Game Plan for Life with Don Yeager, Coach describes the president’s impact on him: At the end of the Civil War,...
How to Live a Perfect Day and a Worthwhile Life

How to Live a Perfect Day and a Worthwhile Life

“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone without thought of repayment.” This was one of Coach Wooden’s favorite quotes. It represented his daily approach to life. He eagerly approached each day with the goal of trying to help as many people...
Worthwhile Results Come From Careful Planning

Worthwhile Results Come From Careful Planning

“There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.” –John Wooden This quote by Coach Wooden represents the cornerstone of his approach to coaching and life. In his book The Essential Wooden with Steve Jamison, Coach listed...