John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and a coach. As a 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 as the national coach of the year six times. He was also the author of several books about basketball and life.
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 Holy Bible everyday and attended a Christian Church. John Wooden was a devout Christian and considered his beliefs more important to him than basketball.
I would like to share some of his quotes that inspired me personally and I am hoping they will inspire you as well. They are very profound and are applicable to many areas of our lives including but not limited to life in general, leadership, business, influence, direction, encouragement, education, and development.
- Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
- 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.
- Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
- Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.
- Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
- You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- Your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.
- Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
- All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.
- Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
- Never lie, never cheat, never steal.
- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
- Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.