Legendary coach John Wooden whose UCLA basketball dynasty won ten March Madness national championships is considered by many to be the greatest coach in America’s history. How he did it and what he viewed as ultimate success on and off the court is the subject of his best-selling memoir WOODEN: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections (McGraw-Hill).
For Coach Wooden success at its highest level was defined not by championships, celebrity or money but rather by the quality of effort one puts forth to become the best you are capable of becoming: “Make the effort 100%,” he advised, “and the score cannot make you a loser. Do less and the score cannot make you a winner.”
His philosophy of success and how to achieve it reflects his deep belief that an individual must not judge himself or herself on what they achieve but rather on what they should have achieved given their potential.
He taught that greatness was within everyone and that it was attained by making the highest effort to fulfill your potential: “Do not compare your results with others.
Compare instead the quality of your effort. That’s what counts most.” How to bring forth your best effort is detailed in WOODEN: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections.
Coach John Wooden’s official website: www.coachjohnwooden.com