June 06, 2010
This past Friday, legendary coach John Wooden passed away. What I find amazing and what I think is a sign of the life he's lead is I've never heard anyone ever say anything negative about John Wooden. Whether it be former players, opposing coaches, etc. He was truly someone who lived his life in order to help others and if everyone else followed suit the world would be a much better place.
I've never read a John Wooden book although it's on my list of things to do. However I have watched the HBO series on the UCLA dynasty and read many of his quotes multiple times. Since I'm only 24 I never had a chance to watch John Wooden coach. I knew who he was only because I watched a ton of basketball and then in a 10th grade English class I was reading a quote book for a project and I saw this quote:
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail" - John Wooden
Immediately I thought that was a great quote and a few days later I searched for John Wooden quotes. Little did I know that he had so many great ones. The best part about his quotes is that they're quick and to the point. He can say in 5 words what most people struggle to say in 15 and each one rings true. There's a reason his players loved him and took lessons from him well past UCLA. Here are some of my favorites.
"A coach is someone who can give correction without
causing resentment. "
"Be prepared and be honest."
"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
And my favorite
"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."
If someone lived life just based off of John Wooden quotes, there's no doubt in my mind they'd lead a very fulfilling life. He was one of a kind and will be missed. He'll always be one of my idols and won't be forgotten anytime soon.