Coach John Wooden led UCLA for 40 years! Born in 1910, he lived a long life of wisdom. We’re grateful he shared some of it.
Some of his more famous players are legends such as Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I’ve used his thoughts on coaching for years when I teach kids. I start with his Pyramid of Success, and everything else builds from there.
Coach Wooden wanted his players to be victors in life and not just on the court, so he treated them as an extended family and emphasized that winning was more than scoring. Indeed, most of his inspiring theories were born from conversations with his father, as a boy on their farm in Indiana. One that sums up his ideology quite well is his often-quoted definition of success: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
This is 17 minutes of pure awesome. The message is so simple, yet so profound.