John Wooden’s Gift From His Father!

I’m reading this fascinating first-person story of UCLA’s brilliant basketball coach today, and I like to share few things that made me think about my own father, who coached me during my young age in my home country.

In John Wooden’s book, “They Call Me Coach” he talks about 7 rules:

In Centerton, Indiana, John Wooden received a gift from his father: a two-dollar bill. More important, Joshua Hugh Wooden also gave his son a 3 x 5 card on which he had written what would become the fourth navigation point:

“Seven Suggestions to Follow”
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Help others.
3. Make each day your masterpiece.
4. Drink deeply from good books—including the Good Book.
5. Make friendship a fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden is frequently cited as an example of a values- based leader, one whose positive and productive principles were intrinsically woven into his system. What he did on the court reflected who he was off the court. Who he was, and is, is a direct reflection of the basic teachings of his father, Joshua Hugh Wooden, and the compass he gave his son for navigat- ing through life and leadership.

***A Simple Recipe for Teamwork: It is amazing how much we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.

*** A leader must accomplish the difficult task of getting those on the team to believe that “we” supersedes “me.”

*** In fact, there are no “big” things,only an accumulation of little things done well.

“A Leader Must Stand Up For His Team Even When He Has to Stand Alone” ~FA

Live with passion!


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