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Why Complacency and Success Cannot Coexist

Why Complacency and Success Cannot Coexist

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” –John Wooden This popular quote from Coach Wooden summarized the key component of his continuous success. He commented on the idea in an interview in 2005: Some people change when they acquire...
The Purpose of Discipline

The Purpose of Discipline

You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, to improve—not to punish. Coach Wooden felt strongly that discipline was essential for any group, whether it was a business, family or sports team, to be successful. In his book Wooden with Steve...
The Value of Self-Analysis: Self-Improvement

The Value of Self-Analysis: Self-Improvement

There is value in self-analysis: self-improvement. Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, was quoted as saying: “He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.”  “He who knows others is wise. He who...
How to Build a Foundation of Honesty

How to Build a Foundation of Honesty

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” ―John Burroughs This quote reflects the way Coach Wooden approached life and leadership. He described the person he admired most, his father Joshua Wooden, as consistent in word and deed, a model of the...
You Are Only a Failure When…

You Are Only a Failure When…

The man who is not afraid of failure seldom has to face it. This a version of one of Coach Wooden’s favorite quotes: “The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.” It was a reflection of the way he lived, coached, and the way his teams played:...
It’s Courage That Counts

It’s Courage That Counts

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” Coach Wooden used this famous quote, most often attributed to Winston Churchill, as the epigraph to introduce Chapter 17 of his book They Call Me Coach. In that chapter, he discusses his years...