John Wooden was a three-time All-American while playing basketball at Purdue University. He is the only man ever elected to college basketball’s hall of fame as both player and coach.
As a coach of UCLA’s basketball team he produced ten national championship teams in twelve years. Seven of those national championships came in a row.
He had 88 consecutive victories (previous record, 60), 38 straight NCAA tournament wins (previous record, 13), and eight undefeated Pac-8 crowns. Undefeated season after undefeated season bringing coach of the year award after coach of the year award, including selection as Sports Illustrated sportsman of the year in 1972. A lifetime winning percentage of over 80 percent.
Here are some coach Wooden’s maxims that are useful for both business and life in general.
- The best way to improve the team is to improve our-self.
- Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.
- Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
- If I am through learning, I am through.
- Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead.
- Be most interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.
- What is right is more important that who is right.
- You handle things. You work with people.
- Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.
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