No one’s words have moved me as much as John Wooden‘s. While others have offered their views on sports and life, he has been the only one who resonates with me. His simple wisdom has been an inspiration.
With Coach Wooden’s passing last night at 99, I’d like to pay tribute to this great athlete, extraordinary teacher, incomparable coach, wise philosopher and fellow Hoosier with some of my favorite Wooden reflections. There will never be another like him.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character is what you really are. Reputation is what people say you are.
There is no substitute for hard work. If you’re looking for the easy way, if you’re looking for the trick, you might get by for a while, but you will not be developing the talents that lie within you. There is simply no substitute for work.
Don’t be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed. Use the information that you’ve acquired in the past through the experiences you’ve had and act with self control–but act.
You can’t have confidence unless you are prepared. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.