Wooden : A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court – John Wooden

Here are my comments on the book:

What does success mean to you? Does it mean having a million dollars? Does it mean having a loving family? Does it mean having great health? To one of UCLA’s previous head basketball coach John Wooden, who had won 7 consecutive NCAA championships and 10 over all within a 12 year period, success is when you are the best you can be. We are all different with certain capabilities, aptitudes, and potential, but how much of it are you utilizing? To become successful, make it a goal to be the best you can be on a daily basis; don’t compare to others, just focus on yourself. Points taken away:


1. Control what can be controlled.When I was teaching basketball, I urged my players to try their hardest to improve on that very day, to make that practice a masterpiece. Too often we get distracted by what is outside our control. You can’t do anything about yesterday. The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that.


2. A quote that I had heard regarding rich people is, “there’s no difference between rich people and poor people other than they just do the things that no one else wants to do to become rich”. This is exactly the same thing that John Wooden addressed in the book.People usually know what they should do to get what they want. They just won’t do it. They won’t pay the price. Understand there is a price to be paid for achieving anything of significance. You must be willing to pay the price.“. In another chapter he states, “many athletes have tremendous God-given gifts, but they don’t focus on the development of those gifts. Who are these individuals? You’ve never heard of them-and you never will. It’s true in sports and it’s true everywhere in life. Hard work is the difference. Very hard work.


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3. Never stop experimenting in life. This is another piece of advice I’ve heard countless times. Success is a process and not a single event. The mistakes that you make is what will lead you to success in the future.My coach at Purdue, Piggy Lambert, constantly reminded us: “The team that makes the most mistakes will probably win.” That may sound a bit odd, but there is a great deal of truth in it. The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success. The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake.

By Ryan Lee


My rating:
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  1. jcrevi

    This actually looks like an interesting book, thanks for posting. If you liked it, you should read a newer book that they did together called, Wooden on Leadership.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll be sure to take a look!


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