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The Importance of Self-Discipline

The Importance of Self-Discipline

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” –John Wooden It is a very challenging instruction when we give it to ourselves. Sometimes when a leader lacks self-discipline, there is no one watching. Rather than a reprimand from someone else, a lack of...
The Worst Thing You Can Do for Those You Love

The Worst Thing You Can Do for Those You Love

“The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves.” –Abraham Lincoln In his book A Game Plan for Life with Don Yaeger, Coach provided the following commentary on Lincoln and this key idea: One of the first things that...
5 Great Ideas John Wooden Learned From His Father

5 Great Ideas John Wooden Learned From His Father

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” This quote commonly attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt is a real key to understanding how John Wooden became John Wooden. The single greatest influence on John Wooden’s character was...
How a Leader Displays Faith in People

How a Leader Displays Faith in People

FIZKES / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM “The leader has faith in people. He believes in them, trusts them and thus draws out the best in them.” These are ideas from the essay “The Art of Leadership,” which appears in The Art of Living by Wilfred A. Peterson, Coach John Wooden’s...
Effort: How to Eliminate the Fear of Failure

Effort: How to Eliminate the Fear of Failure

“Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.” This often-used quote of Coach John Wooden’s summarizes the key element in his psychological approach to coaching,...