John Wooden - Definition of Success

John Wooden was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American sport, winning 10 NCAA Basketball Championships in a 12 year period from 1964-1975.


His coaching philosophy was based on some simple rules handed down by his father......

Never lie, never cheat, never steal


Don't whine, don't compain, don't make excuses


He had his own 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 you are capable of becoming".


All of the attributes that John felt were required to achieve that were embedded within his Pyramid of Success - a model that can be applied far beyond his specialist field of basketball.

In fact, of the fifteen key building blocks in his pyramid, only one relates specifically to the skills required to play the sport that he coached......all of the others relate to the personal qualities that we see so often in successful performers.

John started out in teaching as an English teacher, and he often used poetry to describe those things that were important to him - this video contains a few of his favourites, as well as much wisdom. John Wooden was quite obviously a very wise and engaging man.....

So what can we learn from John ?

Much of coaching in golf concentrates on imparting knowledge of the technical skills that are required to propel the ball in the direction that we want it to go more often.....


.......but would students learn those skills more easily if they had all of the personal qualities referred to by John in his Pyramid of Success.


I'm sure that most coaches would agree that they would........ who's teaching them ?


If you're interested in learning more about John Wooden's approach to leadership and coaching, then this book comes highly recommended.


You can find much more about the thoughts of John Wooden on his official website.

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