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Coach John Wooden Pyramid of Success

19 More Motivational Quotes From Coach Wooden

Legendary coach John Wooden took the helm of a struggling UCLA Bruins basketball program in 1948. By the end of the season, they were conference champions. By the time of his retirement in 1975, the man they called “Coach” led his teams to a record-breaking 10 national championships in just 12 years, establishing a legacy as one of the best coaches of all time.

John Wooden Pyramid of Success courseNever one to take the spotlight or the credit, Coach Wooden attributed his 10 NCAA championships to the Pyramid of Success he perfected over 14 years of teaching and coaching. His Pyramid of Success is a roadmap for individual and team excellence—the same roadmap he used to build a legacy unmatched in the game of basketball. Here are 19 motivational quotes about the essential behaviors and traits of Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, such as Skill, Poise, Self-Control, Industriousness and Competitive Greatness:

Quotes About “Competitive Greatness”

'All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.'Click To Tweet
'“If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.”'Click To Tweet
'Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.'Click To Tweet

Quotes About “Industriousness”

'Nothing will work unless you do.'Click To Tweet
'Earn the right to be proud and confident.'Click To Tweet
'Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.'Click To Tweet

Quotes About “Poise”

'Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.'Click To Tweet
'I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.'Click To Tweet
'Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.'Click To Tweet

Quotes About “Self-Control”

'Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.'Click To Tweet
'Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.'Click To Tweet
'Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.'Click To Tweet
'I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.'Click To Tweet
'It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.'Click To Tweet

Quotes About “Skill”

'Ability is a poor man’s wealth.'Click To Tweet
'Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.'Click To Tweet
'Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.'Click To Tweet
'I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.'Click To Tweet
'It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.'Click To Tweet

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Craig Impelman
As Coach Wooden’s grandson-in-law, Craig Impelman had the opportunity to learn Coach’s teachings firsthand and wrote about those lessons for his site, He is a motivational speaker and the author of Wooden’s Wisdom, a weekly “e-coaching module” that is distributed to companies nationally.