John Wooden, in his words

The Wizard

I’m not going to write this column. No way could I ever put into words what John Wooden meant not only to the sport of basketball, but to the lives of millions.

Let others try to accomplish the impossible.

So John Wooden will write this column.

Here are many of The Wizard’s inspired quotes.

Soak them in.

Live by them — or at least try.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.

Never mistake activity for achievement.

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Flexibility is the key to stability.

Be quick, but don’t hurry.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.

Young people need models, not critics.

John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father upon John’s graduation from grammar school:

*Be true to yourself.

*Make each day your masterpiece.

*Help others.

*Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.

*Make friendship a fine art.

*Build a shelter against a rainy day.

*Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Thanks, Coach.

Rest comfortably in the peace you’ve given the world the blueprint to build.


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