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Quotes by John Wooden

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Wikipedia Summary for John Wooden

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach and player. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he won ten National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championships in a 12-year period as head coach for the UCLA Bruins, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than four in a row in Division I college men's or women's basketball. Within this period, his teams won an NCAA men's basketball record 88 consecutive games. Wooden won the prestigious Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year a record seven times and won the AP award five times.

As a 5'10" guard, Wooden was the first player to be named basketball All-American three times, and the 1932 Purdue team on which he played as a senior was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Wooden was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (1960) and as a coach (1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories.

One of the most revered coaches in the history of sports, Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton. Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success." These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball. Wooden's 29-year coaching career and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim have created a legacy of great interest in not only sports, but in business, personal success, and organizational leadership as well.

Quote: Good things take time, as they should. We should not expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Good things take time, as they should. We should not expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.


Quote: Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of orange moon during nighttime
Photo Credit: Hugo Kemmel

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


Quote: Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of tabby cat touching person's palm
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Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly.


Quote: We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.


Quote: Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly in close up photography
Photo Credit: Erik Mclean

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.


Quote: Passion is momentary; love is enduring. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
Photo Credit: Anna Pavlin

Passion is momentary; love is enduring.


Quote: Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.


Quote: You will never outperform your inner circle. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You will never outperform your inner circle.


Quote: Don't whine, complain, or make excuses. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't whine, complain, or make excuses.


Quote: Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear -- good coaches do not. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear -- good coaches do not.


Quote: It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable.


Quote: There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.


Quote: It's too late for preparation when opportunity strikes. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It's too late for preparation when opportunity strikes.


Quote: Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be.


Quote: Mix idealism with realism and add hard work. This will often bring much more than you could ever hope for. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Mix idealism with realism and add hard work. This will often bring much more than you could ever hope for.


Quote: If you do enough small things right, big things can happen. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If you do enough small things right, big things can happen.


Quote: Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You'll be surprised at the results. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You'll be surprised at the results.


Quote: If pursuing material things becomes your only goal, you will fail in so many ways. Besides, in time all material things go away. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If pursuing material things becomes your only goal, you will fail in so many ways. Besides, in time all material things go away.


Quote: I don't believe in praying to win. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I don't believe in praying to win.


Quote: No one can really honestly be the very best, no one. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.


Quote: I'm not afraid to die. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I'm not afraid to die.


Quote: A leader's most powerful ally is his or her own example. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A leader's most powerful ally is his or her own example.


Quote: Reputation is what others perceive you as being, and their opinion may be right or wrong. Character, however, is what you really are, and nobody knows that but you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Reputation is what others perceive you as being, and their opinion may be right or wrong. Character, however, is what you really are, and nobody knows that but you.


Quote: Sincerity may not help us make friends, but it will help us keep them. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Sincerity may not help us make friends, but it will help us keep them.


Quote: Measure yourself by...what you have accomplished with your ability. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Measure yourself by...what you have accomplished with your ability.


Quote: My assistants and I often would spend more time planning a practice than the actual practice itself. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

My assistants and I often would spend more time planning a practice than the actual practice itself.


Quote: Big things are accomplished when we master the little things. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Big things are accomplished when we master the little things.


Quote: Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books -- especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books -- especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.


Quote: You've never heard of them- and you never will . by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You've never heard of them- and you never will .


Quote: Never be disagreeable just because you disagree. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Never be disagreeable just because you disagree.


Quote: Don't get discouraged: it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't get discouraged: it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.


Quote: The team that makes the most mistakes usually wins, because doers make mistakes. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The team that makes the most mistakes usually wins, because doers make mistakes.


Quote: Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can't teach and you can't motivate, you can't lead. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can't teach and you can't motivate, you can't lead.


Quote: If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again? by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?


Quote: Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike.


Quote: A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.


Quote: Nobody is a real loser-until they start blaming somebody else. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Nobody is a real loser-until they start blaming somebody else.


Quote: Make each day a masterpiece. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Make each day a masterpiece.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Make each day your masterpiece. Life is now. Life is not later on.


Quote: Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others.


Quote: Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.


Quote: Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.


Quote: A coach's primary function should be not to make better players, but to make better people. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A coach's primary function should be not to make better players, but to make better people.


Quote: 1. Be on time. 2. Never criticize a teammate. 3. Never use profanity. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

1. Be on time. 2. Never criticize a teammate. 3. Never use profanity.


Quote: When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare.


Quote: The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.


Quote: Every day, try to help someone who can't reciprocate your kindness. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Every day, try to help someone who can't reciprocate your kindness.


Quote: Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times for a layup. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times for a layup.


Quote: Character is more important than any other leadership trait. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Character is more important than any other leadership trait.


Quote: Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.


Quote: Every day was a good day at UCLA. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Every day was a good day at UCLA.


Quote: The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.


Quote: Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings everyday. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings everyday.


Quote: Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time.




Quote: If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.




Quote: How hard you work at correcting your faults reveals your character. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

How hard you work at correcting your faults reveals your character.




Quote: Make friendship a fine art. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Make friendship a fine art.


Quote: I grew up on a farm. We learned that there was a season to plant, a season to water, and season to harvest. The planting and watering could be laborious, but without those stages, there would never be a harvest. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I grew up on a farm. We learned that there was a season to plant, a season to water, and season to harvest. The planting and watering could be laborious, but without those stages, there would never be a harvest.


Quote: Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.


Quote: Good judgment, common sense, and reason all fly out the window when emotions kick down your door. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Good judgment, common sense, and reason all fly out the window when emotions kick down your door.


Quote: A good banker isn't careless with pennies; a good leader isn't sloppy about details. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A good banker isn't careless with pennies; a good leader isn't sloppy about details.


Quote: There is great joy in doing something for somebody else with no thought in receiving anything in return. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There is great joy in doing something for somebody else with no thought in receiving anything in return.


Quote: Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability.


Quote: Conditioning is essential to success in basketball. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Conditioning is essential to success in basketball.


Quote: Good players can take coaching; great players can take coaching and learn. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Good players can take coaching; great players can take coaching and learn.




Quote: I would not tolerate profanity from anyone, anytime. I'd blow the whistle, pull you from the court and put you on the bench and talk to you before I would put you back in. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I would not tolerate profanity from anyone, anytime. I'd blow the whistle, pull you from the court and put you on the bench and talk to you before I would put you back in.






Quote: Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching. You can do so much good -- or harm. It's why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching. You can do so much good -- or harm. It's why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.


Quote: The choice you make, makes you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The choice you make, makes you.


Quote: Ten strong horses could not pull an empty baby carriage if they worked independently of each other. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Ten strong horses could not pull an empty baby carriage if they worked independently of each other.


Quote: Consideration for others brings many things. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Consideration for others brings many things.


Quote: The close games are usually lost, rather than won. What I mean by that is games are mostly won because of the opponent making mistakes during crucial moments. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The close games are usually lost, rather than won. What I mean by that is games are mostly won because of the opponent making mistakes during crucial moments.


Quote: The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

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


Quote: I think anyone's success depends on working hard, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, enjoying what you are doing. You can't work your best if you're not enjoying what you are doing. No way you can force yourself to. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I think anyone's success depends on working hard, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, enjoying what you are doing. You can't work your best if you're not enjoying what you are doing. No way you can force yourself to.


Quote: When it's over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best you were capable of? If yes, you will probably be ok with the outcome. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

When it's over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best you were capable of? If yes, you will probably be ok with the outcome.


Quote: Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present.


Quote: Don't be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed. Use the information that you've acquired in the past through the experiences you've had and act with self-control -- but act. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed. Use the information that you've acquired in the past through the experiences you've had and act with self-control -- but act.


Quote: The greatest failure of all is the failure to act when action is needed. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The greatest failure of all is the failure to act when action is needed.


Quote: An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands.


Quote: Respect every opponent, but fear none. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Respect every opponent, but fear none.


Quote: A Coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A Coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.


Quote: Love is the most powerful four letter word. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Love is the most powerful four letter word.


Quote: Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not.


Quote: What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, 'You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don't give, you can't make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can't give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.' by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of John Wooden quote: What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, 'You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don't give, you can't make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can't give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.'- black text on quotes background

What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, 'You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don't give, you can't make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can't give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.'


Quote: Once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player.


Quote: Whatever you're doing, you must have patience. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Whatever you're doing, you must have patience.


Quote: The best way to improve your team is to improve yourself. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The best way to improve your team is to improve yourself.


Quote: Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team.


Quote: Generally speaking, individual performances don't win basketball games. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Generally speaking, individual performances don't win basketball games.


Quote: As I grow older, I appreciate things that I didn't appreciate much when I was younger. I am thankful more than I used to be. I've been reasonably healthy, and I feel blessed. And each morning I can think, this is going to be a good day! by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

As I grow older, I appreciate things that I didn't appreciate much when I was younger. I am thankful more than I used to be. I've been reasonably healthy, and I feel blessed. And each morning I can think, this is going to be a good day!


Quote: Most people think of poise as calm, self-assured dignity; but I call it just being you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Most people think of poise as calm, self-assured dignity; but I call it just being you.


Quote: Let's face it, we're all imperfect and we're going to fall short on occasion. But we must learn from failure and that will enable us to avoid repeating our mistakes. Through adversity, we learn, grow stronger, and become better people. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Let's face it, we're all imperfect and we're going to fall short on occasion. But we must learn from failure and that will enable us to avoid repeating our mistakes. Through adversity, we learn, grow stronger, and become better people.


Quote: Passion is temporary. It doesn't last long. Love is enduring. And that's the important thing. If we all had love in our lives to the degree that we should, it would be much happier. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Passion is temporary. It doesn't last long. Love is enduring. And that's the important thing. If we all had love in our lives to the degree that we should, it would be much happier.


Quote: We can plan a roadtrip or a workday down to the last detail but the unexpected will always arise. If we are not malleable, we will get left behind. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

We can plan a roadtrip or a workday down to the last detail but the unexpected will always arise. If we are not malleable, we will get left behind.


Quote: Before success comes patience... when we add to our accomplishments the element of hard work over a long period of time, we'll place a far greater value on the outcome. When we are patient, we'll have a greater appreciation of our success. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Before success comes patience... when we add to our accomplishments the element of hard work over a long period of time, we'll place a far greater value on the outcome. When we are patient, we'll have a greater appreciation of our success.


Quote: When we aren't alert, we miss opportunities to improve ourselves. We should always watch for circumstances or situations that can help or harm us and be eager to learn from these encounters. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

When we aren't alert, we miss opportunities to improve ourselves. We should always watch for circumstances or situations that can help or harm us and be eager to learn from these encounters.


Quote: Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker.


Quote: I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort.


Quote: There are three things an athlete must do. You must be in physical condition ... You must execute properly and quickly the fundamentals ... and you must have eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of the team. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There are three things an athlete must do. You must be in physical condition ... You must execute properly and quickly the fundamentals ... and you must have eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of the team.


Quote: Success is a personal matter -- only you as an individual can tell if you did everything within your power to give your best effort. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Success is a personal matter -- only you as an individual can tell if you did everything within your power to give your best effort.


Quote: Motivating through fear may work in the short term to get people to do something, but over the long run I believe personal pride is a much greater motivator. It produces far better results that last for a much longer time. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Motivating through fear may work in the short term to get people to do something, but over the long run I believe personal pride is a much greater motivator. It produces far better results that last for a much longer time.


Quote: Confidence -- Poise and confidence are not possible unless you have prepared correctly. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poise and confidence are a natural result of proper preparation. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Confidence -- Poise and confidence are not possible unless you have prepared correctly. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poise and confidence are a natural result of proper preparation.


Quote: Without organization and leadership toward a realistic goal, there is no chance of realizing more than a small percentage of your potential. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Without organization and leadership toward a realistic goal, there is no chance of realizing more than a small percentage of your potential.


Quote: The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that is a very big mistake. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that is a very big mistake.


Quote: It's not how big you are, it's how big you play. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It's not how big you are, it's how big you play.


Quote: It isn't about what you do, but how you do it. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It isn't about what you do, but how you do it.


Quote: Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts.


Quote: It's important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It's important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.


Quote: A player who makes a team great is better than a great player. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group -- that's teamwork.


Quote: The best players don't win championships. The best team players win championships. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The best players don't win championships. The best team players win championships.


Quote: Why can't we have patience and expect good things to take time? by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Why can't we have patience and expect good things to take time?


Quote: In life, worthwhile accomplishments and acquisitions take time. Usually the better the reward, the more time it takes to acquire it. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

In life, worthwhile accomplishments and acquisitions take time. Usually the better the reward, the more time it takes to acquire it.


Quote: You must believe in what you're doing, that what you're doing is the proper thing, the right thing. And you must have faith that things will end up as they should, which doesn't mean as you want them to, but things will work out as they should. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You must believe in what you're doing, that what you're doing is the proper thing, the right thing. And you must have faith that things will end up as they should, which doesn't mean as you want them to, but things will work out as they should.


Quote: As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.




Quote: Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece.

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Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.


Quote: Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.


Quote: Drink deeply from good books. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Drink deeply from good books.


Quote: The uphill climb is slow, but the downhill road is fast. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The uphill climb is slow, but the downhill road is fast.


Quote: A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.


Quote: Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

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


Quote: Winning and losing aren't all they're cracked up to be, but the trip to the destination is. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Winning and losing aren't all they're cracked up to be, but the trip to the destination is.


Quote: Winning games, titles and championships isn't all it's cracked up to be, but getting there, the journey, is a lot more than it's cracked up to be. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Winning games, titles and championships isn't all it's cracked up to be, but getting there, the journey, is a lot more than it's cracked up to be.


Quote: Great leaders are always out front with a banner, instead of behind with a whip. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Great leaders are always out front with a banner, instead of behind with a whip.


Quote: Opponents are working very hard to defeat us. Let's not do it for them by defeating ourselves from within. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Opponents are working very hard to defeat us. Let's not do it for them by defeating ourselves from within.


Quote: Working with others makes us much more than we could ever become alone. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Working with others makes us much more than we could ever become alone.


Quote: Whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, the habits you are developing now will be with you for the rest of your life. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, the habits you are developing now will be with you for the rest of your life.


Quote: Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.


Quote: There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.


Quote: You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game, and you can win when you're outscored. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game, and you can win when you're outscored.


Quote: The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.


Quote: Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.


Quote: Cooperation -- To get cooperation, you must give cooperation. Always seek to find the best way rather than insisting on your own way. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Cooperation -- To get cooperation, you must give cooperation. Always seek to find the best way rather than insisting on your own way.


Quote: Our land is everything to us.... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it -- with their lives. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Our land is everything to us.... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it -- with their lives.


Quote: Being true to ourselves doesn't make us people of integrity. Charles Manson was true to himself, and as a result, he rightly is spending the rest of his life in prison. Ultimately, being true to our Creator gives us the purest form of integrity. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Being true to ourselves doesn't make us people of integrity. Charles Manson was true to himself, and as a result, he rightly is spending the rest of his life in prison. Ultimately, being true to our Creator gives us the purest form of integrity.


Quote: Discipline of others isn't punishment. You discipline to help, to improve, to correct, to prevent, not to punish, humiliate, or retaliate. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Discipline of others isn't punishment. You discipline to help, to improve, to correct, to prevent, not to punish, humiliate, or retaliate.


Quote: Be quick without hurrying. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Be quick without hurrying.




Quote: Rest when you need to, but never quit. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Rest when you need to, but never quit.


Quote: I believe one of the requirements of good leadership is the ability to listen -- really listen -- to those in your organization. An effective leader is very good at listening, and it's difficult to listen when you are talking. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I believe one of the requirements of good leadership is the ability to listen -- really listen -- to those in your organization. An effective leader is very good at listening, and it's difficult to listen when you are talking.


Quote: If you let social activities take precedence over your academic activities, then you will soon lose your basketball activities. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If you let social activities take precedence over your academic activities, then you will soon lose your basketball activities.


Quote: An effective leader develops the ability to correctly identify the pertinent detail or details -- incidentals in a market, industry or sport that might create an incremental advantage. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

An effective leader develops the ability to correctly identify the pertinent detail or details -- incidentals in a market, industry or sport that might create an incremental advantage.




Quote: You cannot antagonize and be a positive influence, and you will antagonize when you discipline through emotion. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You cannot antagonize and be a positive influence, and you will antagonize when you discipline through emotion.


Quote: I really believe that happiness comes from things that cannot taken away from you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I really believe that happiness comes from things that cannot taken away from you.


Quote: If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.


Quote: I wanted my players to always be searching, especially for truth. I wanted them to know what they believed and be able to defend it. Truth will always stand the test of scrutiny. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

I wanted my players to always be searching, especially for truth. I wanted them to know what they believed and be able to defend it. Truth will always stand the test of scrutiny.


Quote: The smallest good dead is better than the best intention. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The smallest good dead is better than the best intention.


Quote: It matters not the subject taught, nor all the books on all the shelves, What matters most, yes most of all, is what the teachers are themselves. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

It matters not the subject taught, nor all the books on all the shelves, What matters most, yes most of all, is what the teachers are themselves.




Quote: Never be thrown off stride in how you behave or what you believe in because of outside events. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Never be thrown off stride in how you behave or what you believe in because of outside events.


Quote: Stubborness we deprecate,
Firmness we condone,
The former is our neighbors trait,
The latter is our own. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Stubborness we deprecate,
Firmness we condone,
The former is our neighbors trait,
The latter is our own.


Quote: Decisions are more apt to be accepted when you've listened to suggestions first. I wanted them to see the reason behind what I asked of them, not to do things just because I said so. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Decisions are more apt to be accepted when you've listened to suggestions first. I wanted them to see the reason behind what I asked of them, not to do things just because I said so.


Quote: Others may have more ability than you, they may be larger, faster, quicker, better jumpers ... but no one should be your superior in respect to team spirit, loyalty, enthusiasm, cooperation, determination, industriousness, fight effort, and character. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Others may have more ability than you, they may be larger, faster, quicker, better jumpers ... but no one should be your superior in respect to team spirit, loyalty, enthusiasm, cooperation, determination, industriousness, fight effort, and character.


Quote: We don't have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

We don't have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.


Quote: Leaders must have patience for those under your supervision. Don't expect too much too soon. Maybe it was easy for you, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy for somebody else. Be sure you have patience. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Leaders must have patience for those under your supervision. Don't expect too much too soon. Maybe it was easy for you, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy for somebody else. Be sure you have patience.


Quote: People ask me if I'd permit fancy things, like dunks. Well, if they did dunk, it was with no fancy flair. No behind-the-back dribbles or passes unless necessary. If it was for show, you were on the bench. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

People ask me if I'd permit fancy things, like dunks. Well, if they did dunk, it was with no fancy flair. No behind-the-back dribbles or passes unless necessary. If it was for show, you were on the bench.




Quote: As a leader, you must be filled with energy and eagerness, joy and love for what you do. If you lack enthusiasm for your job, you cannot perform to the best of your ability. Industriousness is unattainable without Enthusiasm. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

As a leader, you must be filled with energy and eagerness, joy and love for what you do. If you lack enthusiasm for your job, you cannot perform to the best of your ability. Industriousness is unattainable without Enthusiasm.


Quote: You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.


Quote: Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player.


Quote: Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.


Quote: There is nothing stronger than gentleness. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There is nothing stronger than gentleness.


Quote: You are no better than anyone else and no one is better than you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You are no better than anyone else and no one is better than you.


Quote: Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read.


Quote: The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.


Quote: You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.


Quote: Happiness begins where selfishness ends. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Happiness begins where selfishness ends.


Quote: Champions are brilliant at the basics. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Champions are brilliant at the basics.


Quote: Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better.


Quote: You can always do more than you think you can. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You can always do more than you think you can.


Quote: Listen if you want to be heard. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Listen if you want to be heard.


Quote: You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.


Quote: Don't let yesterday take up too much of today. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.


Quote: Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.


Quote: Make every day your masterpiece. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Make every day your masterpiece.


Quote: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.


Quote: The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.


Quote: In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn.


Quote: Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others.


Quote: Next to love, balance is the most important thing. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Next to love, balance is the most important thing.


Quote: For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of John Wooden quote; white text on black background

For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.


Quote: Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.


Quote: We will begin by learning how to tie our shoes. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

We will begin by learning how to tie our shoes.


Quote: There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.


Quote: Make your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Make your yes mean yes, and your no mean no.






Quote: A mentor must always guide, never push. It was my job to listen to them, offer my perspective, and encourage them to pursue the ideals they believed to be true. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

A mentor must always guide, never push. It was my job to listen to them, offer my perspective, and encourage them to pursue the ideals they believed to be true.


Quote: Don't mistake activity with achievement. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Don't mistake activity with achievement.


Quote: Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.


Quote: Discipline yourself and others won't need to. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Discipline yourself and others won't need to.


Quote: Give me 100 percent. You can't make up for a poor effort today by giving 110 percent tomorrow. You don't have 110 percent. You only have 100 percent, and that's what I want from you right now. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Give me 100 percent. You can't make up for a poor effort today by giving 110 percent tomorrow. You don't have 110 percent. You only have 100 percent, and that's what I want from you right now.


Quote: Respect a man, and he will do all the more. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Respect a man, and he will do all the more.


Quote: If you lose self-control everything will fall. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

If you lose self-control everything will fall.


Quote: Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do. by author John Wooden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wooden with quote

Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.


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