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Why You Shouldn’t Compare Yourself to Others

Why You Shouldn’t Compare Yourself to Others

“The great secret of life is to cultivate the ability to appreciate the things you have, not compare them.” –John Wooden In his book Wooden on Leadership with Steve Jamison, Coach wrote about his perspective: Americans, perhaps by nature, are most competitive. In...
Satisfy Your Own Expectations—Not Everyone Else’s

Satisfy Your Own Expectations—Not Everyone Else’s

“The goal is to satisfy not everyone else’s expectations, but your own.” –Coach Wooden Coach said the most important things his father taught him included never trying to be better than somebody else but never ceasing trying to be the best you can be, and always...
Where Real Happiness Comes From

Where Real Happiness Comes From

Real happiness comes from the things that cannot be taken away from you. This was one of Coach Wooden’s favorite ideas and one that he almost always spoke about when giving a speech—usually in the context of discussing the sixth item of his father’s Seven-Point Creed:...
There Is No Greater Joy in Life Than Helping Others

There Is No Greater Joy in Life Than Helping Others

“Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.”–Coach Wooden Coach Wooden believed there was no greater joy in life than finding out that something you did or said was helpful to someone else in some small way. Related: John Wooden’s 7-Point...
You Often Find What You Are Looking For

You Often Find What You Are Looking For

Much of what we see depends on what we are seeking. Coach Wooden frequently told two different stories to illustrate this idea. The first story was about a friend of his, Bob, who was visiting him at UCLA from Indiana. Upon arriving at Coach’s office on campus, Bob...