John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and a coach. As head coach at UCLA he won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12 year period. During this period his teams won a 88 consecutive games, which was a record. He was named national coach of the year six times. He was also the author of several books about basketball and life.
John Wooden was a devout Christian and considered his beliefs more important to him than basketball. He once quoted “I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior.” He read the Bible daily and attended a Christian Church.
John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed was given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school. These 7 points are very profound and everyone can apply them in their personal lives.
- 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.