Coach Wooden - The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours


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A way of life, more than a sport coach.


Foreword - A Fine Legacy - Tony Dungy

He didn’t just coach teamwork and preparation and strategy. He coached character and attitude and ideals.

Talent is God-given: be humble.
Fame is man-given: be thankful.
Conceit is self-given: be careful.

I was impressed by the fact that Coach Wooden didn’t just teach basketball—he taught life. He taught the fundamentals of good character, integrity, a strong work ethic, and teamwork.

Introduction - Well Done, Coach

Coach was the same man, regardless of circumstances. He was consistent.
The John Wooden in the locker room was the same John Wooden on the campus. And the John Wooden on the campus was the same John Wooden at home.”

  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Help others.
  3. Make each day your masterpiece.
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live.
  7. Pray for guidance and counsel, and give thanks for your blessings each day.

"In the meantime, each day of the journey is precious, yours and mine—we must strive to make it a masterpiece. Each day, once gone, is gone forever."

1 - A Common Man, a Leader’s Leader

John Wooden is a man of character, wisdom, self-discipline, faith, integrity, honor, humility, and compassion for others.

The poem was a verse by Henry Van Dyke:

Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his life more true:
To think without confusion clearly,
To love his fellow-man sincerely,
To act from honest motives purely,
To trust in God and Heaven securely

“That seven-point creed,” Denny added, “has served as a guideline for Coach his entire life, and he honors those guidelines to the best of his ability. They really are a way of life for Coach. I’ve never seen him do anything that would dishonor his father or his family. He had a world of respect for his dad. Joshua Wooden was the big inspiration in Coach’s life.”
I am convinced that much of Coach Wooden’s amazing success as a coach, a leader, and an influence on young lives can be traced to the simple words his father wrote on that piece of paper so many years ago.

My Introduction to Joshua Hugh Wooden